The most important lesson in diversity learned at Quintessa is the need to keep the soil alive with a variety of plant life. Pests are managed through the use of organic materials, cover crops and other innovative practices, and only when required. From it’s very inception, the vineyard has been maintained with a strict criteria of care for the soil and the environment. It is a very special feeling to know that at Quintessa, there was never any other kind of grape growing.”
When Valeria Huneeus first saw the property in late 1989, she felt a special connection to the wild undulating hills, studded with mature oak trees and the beautiful Dragon’s Lake. Valeria believed that she and Agustin alone were to be the stewards of this unique property. Their combined years of experience in all aspects of the wine making and vineyard development made them uniquely suited to shephard this property to fulfill its great potential.
Agustin and Valeria christened the property, Quintessa: a name that alludes to the five dramatic hills and five distinct microclimates included in the property’s diverse geography unique in the Napa Valley and the belief they held that this property was destined to be the quintessential wine estate.