Quails’ Gate winery announced that Nikki Callaway has joined the team as winemaker. Callaway is already well known in the B.C. wine industry, and she brings with her a wealth of experience gained working in vineyards around the world. She worked the harvest in South Africa's Stellenbosch region, as well as holding several cellar master positions throughout France, including in the Loire, Burgundy and Bordeaux regions. Callaway’s official start date at Quails’ Gate will be Aug. 1, 2013.
A Canadian by birth, Callway spent nearly a decade living in Dubai, UAE before returning to Canada for her formal education. She successfully completed her bachelor’s in biology at the University of Victoria in 2004, then headed to Europe to learn winemaking from the ground up. Her winemaking career began with the 2004 vintage in the Beaujolais (Château La Louvière) and Bordeaux (Château Palmer) regions of France and culminated when she graduated with a Diplôme National dOœnologue (DNO) from the Université Bordeaux II in 2007. Upon her return to Canada in 2009 she worked as a winemaker for Mission Hill Family Estate.
Tony Stewart, CEO and proprietor of Quails’ Gate winery, notes “We are very excited to announce Nikki as our new winemaker. She is intimately acquainted with several renowned international wine regions as well as having experience crafting wines right here in the Okanagan. Her spirit of collaboration and vision for the future of Quails’ Gate are a perfect match for our long-term plans, and we are thrilled to bring her aboard to work on what is already proving to be a strong vintage.”
Quails’ Gate has received numerous awards and accolades for its wines, including outstanding results at this spring’s Pacific Rim Wine Competition, Decanter World Wine Awards, and International Wine & Spirits Competition. The winery is excited about working with Callway to continue to produce outstanding wines that enhance British Columbia’s profile on the world stage.
About Quails' Gate Winery
One of the Okanagan Valley’s foremost wineries, Quails’ Gate is family owned and operated. It has an international reputation for producing premium wines that perfectly express the terroir of their origin, and the winery itself has become a destination. For more information, visit www.quailsgate.com.