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Quails’ Gate Vineyards Estate Winery fonds
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1937 - 2021 (Creation)
- Quails' Gate Vineyards Estate Winery
- Kelowna (B.C.)
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30cm of textual records and other material
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Known for its pinot noirs, chardonnays, and ice wines, Quails’ Gate Vineyards Estate Winery is located in West Kelowna, British Columbia. The land on which the winery stands today, was first owned by the Allison family, one of the Okanagan’s first European settler families. In 1956, the property was purchased by Richard “Dick” Stewart Jr. and his wife Rosemary, along with three other business partners. While the farm originally grew table grapes, in 1961, wine grapes were first introduced. In 1970, Dick Stewart bought his partners’ shares of the farm and expanded the property by purchasing neighbouring lands. In 1978, Dick’s son, Ben, and his wife Ruth, created plans to turn the vineyards into a winery, which led to the official founding of Quails’ Gate Vineyards in 1989.
In 1993, BACAS Holdings Ltd. acquired a portion of Quails’ Gate Vineyards, and later, in 2001, acquired the remaining shares, making BACAS the sole parent company of Quails’ Gate. However, although Quails’ Gate Vineyards Estate Winery is owned by BACAS, Ben Stewart remains the owner of Quails’ Gate Vineyards which is a separate entity. In 2004, Ben Stewart, who had been CEO and proprietor of Quails’ Gate from its founding, stepped down from the role, and was succeeded by his brother Tony Stewart.
Over the years, Quails’ Gate has expanded its vineyards by acquiring more lands. Having had planted various imported vines, the winery produces several award-winning wines. Today, Quails’ Gate farms over 425 acres of land, while the property and business has expanded to include a storefront, restaurants, rental accommodations, and three member-exclusive wine clubs.
This fonds was acquired by UBC Okanagan Special Collections and Archives in 2021 directly from Quails’ Gate Estate Winery and its parent company BACAS Holdings.
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Fonds consists of records from Quails’ Gate Estate Winery located in West Kelowna, British Columbia. Records in this fonds pertain to the history of the vineyard and the Stewart family, as well as the winery’s business and administration. This fonds includes both analog and born-digital records. Fonds is arranged into four series: 1) Historical; 2) Promotional records; 3) Management records; 4) Winemaking and viticulture.
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Records arranged by archivist according to function. Digital records have been arranged into the series of their function but are stored in their original order.
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Digital records are in the process of being converted to more sustainable file formats. Magnetic tape formats are in the process of being digitized.
The fonds is predominantly digital, comprising total extents of: 30cm textual record, 159 photographs, 264 wine labels, 6 Beta cassettes, and approximately 113GB digital record across photographic, sound, video, and text-based documents. Specific digital extents are provided in the subsidiary levels of description. Digital records are both digitized and born-digital.
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“Family.” Quails’ Gate Okanagan Valley. 2021. https://www.quailsgate.com/story/stewart-family/.