About This Winery
Along the Silverado Trail a long, graceful, crescent-shaped rock wall fits snugly against the eastern-facing hillside; it is the facade of the “quintessential” winery. The indigenous stone and natural landscaping of native plants and oak trees create a subtle presence against the backdrop of the wonderfully diverse 280-acre estate.
The property includes a valley, lake, river, five hills, four microclimates and many soil types. The property was developed by Agustin and Valeria Huneeus in the early 1990s. The Chilean-born proprietor has had a significant role in the wine industry over four decades, including major responsibilities at Concha y Toro winery (Chile’s largest winery), Seagrams Worldwide, Concannon Estate and Franciscan Estates.
The winery’s 170 acres of vineyards include Cabernet Sauvignon (129 acres), Merlot (26 acres), Cabernet Franc (7 acres), Petit Verdot (4 acres), and Carmenere (4 acres). The winery takes the first-choice juice from these vineyards to create their one Bordeaux-style, blended wine — Quintessa.
From its very inception, the vineyard has been maintained with a strict criterion of care for the soil and the environment. This includes using organic biodynamic vineyard practices, avoiding all chemical controls, minimal tilling and soil disturbance and the use of diverse cover crops, which results in enriched microorganisms in the soil. The winery design facilitates a gravity-flow process, starting with their rooftop delivery system. There are 17,000 square feet of caves and tunnels carved into the volcanic ash hillside directly behind the winery.
The tasting experience is very intimate, with a comprhensive vineyard, winery and cave tour followed by a directed formal tasting of various vintages of the winery’s sole product. The winery reception and tasting areas are elegant and uncompromising. Grand rock walls with glass and concrete touches give a modern, yet warm ambiance. The feeling is that of a very exclusive spa, with a relaxed but attentive staff. There is a fireplace and comfortable leather chairs in their lobby. The tasting salon is stylish and unique, as is the entire experience at Quintessa. The most recent release of Quintessa is offered at $120 per bottle.↑ Less
Winery InformationHours: Open daily by appointment
Fees: $35 with tour
Price Range: $120 per bottle
Vineyards: 170 acres (all organic & biodynamic)
Production: 8500 cases
Discounts: Tours and tastings by appointment
Tour Info: Tours by appointment at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm daily
Unique Amenities: 17,000 sq ft caves
Winery Dog: Sammy (Dalmatian/Labrador)
- "Green" Technology
- Hip & Stylish
- Resort Like
- Cabernet Sauvignon