How perfect that we are discussing the winery at Quintessa today. It represents owners Valeria and Augstin Huneeus’ dream of creating the quintessential wine estate – obviously a concept I can embrace. They are old friends of Terry, so I will let her tell you a bit more.
Quintessa is one of the most exquisite micro-climates in the Napa Valley. I have known the Huneeus family for over 20 years when they first developed both the Franciscan and Estancia Wineries. They then created a beautiful winery in the Casa Blace region of Childe called Veramonte. When Augustin Huneeus, Sr. sold Franciscan and Estancia in Napa, he had found this beautiful micro climate that sits across the way from Auberge de Solail, the fabulous resort on the Silverado trail of Napa Valley.
Quintessa Winery was founded and built into the mountains. It is a true pleasure to behold and should definitely be on your list next time you are traveling to Napa. Reservations are required for a comprehensive look at the vineyard, winemaking facility and underground caves, ending of course with a tasting.
Augustin Hunees, Jr. continues to stay active in the wine business with Quintessa and has just purchased the Flowers Winery in Sonoma County, which needs no introduction. Keep a close eye out for more exciting properties that the Hunees family will be purchasing.
Their blend is along the lines of a classic Bordeaux and is truly full of velvet and lush, rich flavors to satisfy every palate experience.
Thanks Terry. I’d like to add a few thoughts here because Quintessa is indeed my sort of place. Just as we discuss trends in interiors and fashion, it can be the same with wine making. Quintessa, like all true classics, strives to transcend that. Watch this beautiful video and hear Valeria and Augstin Huneeus as well as the winemakers discuss their dream vineyard. I think you’ll find many similar types of topics we discuss in other venues as well and you’ll get a peek into the unique building designed by Warner Walker Architects out of San Francisco.
Quintessa Film from Quintessa on Vimeo.
And if you’re really into winemaking, here is a look at how Quintessa makes their famous blend. With over 280 acres, the winery has many different terroirs and wines to choose from to get just the right combination. Because they grow five varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere) on the estate, there is a wide range of possibilities in blending.
Quintessa – Blending:Creating Harmony and Elegance from Quintessa on Vimeo.
13 thoughts on “Wednesday Wine”
Thank you for sharing, q. Love the name of the place, and the wine looks amazing.
Thank you! Looks likes God’s country and delicious wine. I especially loved your article on the beautiful Disznoko wine estate in Hungary.
Thanks for the introduction..those pictures made my heart sing. Napa is the ultimate and in my next life I WILL come back as the owner of a sprawling winery, a definite dream and truly one of my favorite places on earth.
Will add this to my “wine shopping list” for next time we are out buying wine, really into a few blends lately and with the upcoming fall season, its the perfect time to try some new ones!
Quintessa, how lovely! When I read your posts, the temptation to open a bottle of wine, sit back and enjoy the surroundings is somehow much much stronger :)
my heart is singing too. lovely images!
gorgeous Napa estate…and the wine doesn’t look to bad either.. :)
Just gorgeous. I just know I would love Napa.. maybe one day I’ll get to visit!! xo
That very top photo is so beautiful. If we venture out to Napa Valley I will go straight to your archives and look up this article again. I’ve never heard of the grape variety Carmenere. It sounds interesting…
A toast…to Q and Q!
What a lovely sounding place and a great opportunity to use a specific area well!
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YUM! I love Quintessa and it’s on my list the next time we’re up there – I always drive by and say I’m going to make an appointment. Thanks for sharing. We just got back from Paso Robles for the weekend. Interesting area for wines.
Being a California girl myself and having spent time in the wine country, there is nothing better. I love cycling through the vineyards and seeing the rows upon rows of neatly groomed vines. The smaller boutique vineyards produce some of the finest varieties. I can almost taste from here!
Just reading this brings back memories of our last trip to Napa.
Stacy, in your honor I’ll be pouring myself a chilled white in one of my two remaining Quintessa glasses. Funny story….