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EACH YEAR, in anticipation of our Quintessa release, we collect stories and capture moments that tell the journey of our wine from soil to glass. We invite you to explore stories from the 2017 vintage below.

Our Farming Vision

Our Farming Vision

From the first moment Valeria saw what would become Quintessa, she was very adamant about not doing anything to harm the land. To discover a property of this size in Napa Valley that had never been planted to vineyards was rare, and presented a great responsibility to protect the beauty. Organic, and in 1996, Biodynamic…

Quinta Essentia: Five Elements, One Estate

Quinta Essentia: Five Elements, One Estate

In 1989, when Valeria and Agustin Huneeus began mapping out vineyards on the ancient uplifts and swales of their distinct property, they were confident it could produce a wine of exceptional elegance and complexity. Inspired by the old world estate model, their intent was to make a single wine each year that would best express…

The Language of the Land

The Language of the Land

Glance into Estate Director Rodrigo Soto and Winemaker Rebekah Wineburg’s office on the fermentation level of the Quintessa winery, and the first thing you see is rocks— rows and rows of volcanic rocks, in shades of gray, ocher and ebony, some that even resemble gemstones. “This land has been witness to the creation of Napa…

The Art of the Blend

The Art of the Blend

On a warm August day at Quintessa in the heart of Rutherford, Rodrigo Soto sits across from Rebekah Wineburg and  a table covered in some 150 glasses, each filled with a different barrel sample of estate wine from the 2017 vintage, which has been aging in barrel for almost a year in the caves beneath…

Welcoming the 2016 Quintessa, a Profound Vintage

Welcoming the 2016 Quintessa, a Profound Vintage

Each vintage of Quintessa tells a story about the evolution of this property, and about Napa Valley itself. Thanks to a near-perfect growing season, the 2016 vintage has a sense of generosity that is reflected in the wine, with continual layers that are revealed not only as the wine opens in your glass, but also…

Meet Rodrigo Soto

Meet Rodrigo Soto

The Huneeus family is pleased to announce Rodrigo Soto as Quintessa’s Estate Director. Born and raised in Chile, in many ways Rodrigo has been preparing for this role nearly all his life. His interest in wine began with a summer job at the age of 14, and after growing intrigued, decided to study agronomy in…

Rolling Out the Barrel

Rolling Out the Barrel

Two of the most exciting months to visit Quintessa are September and October, when the grapes are harvested and the winemaking process begins. Much activity gets under way at this point—and that’s when you may hear lots of banging coming from the wine cellar. It’s the sound of the winemaking team removing and replacing the…

A Landmark Accomplishment

A Landmark Accomplishment

While crafting the 2015 Quintessa, Rebekah Wineburg,the estate’s winemaker, instantly perceived the opulence, texture and length of an exceptional vintage, one that would delight immediately and through the years and decades to come. When she recently opened a bottle and poured herself a glass of the wine, it only confirmed what she presumed—that this latest…

A Legacy in the Making

A Legacy in the Making

Winemaker Rebekah Wineburg leads us through a retrospective tasting of the last 20 vintages of Quintessa, an experience that reveals the evolution of the wines in the cellar—and the evolution of a great Napa Valley estate. 1994 Quintessa makes its debut in a strong vintage year that, decades later, proves the Huneeus family’s dedication to…

A Wine of Harmony

A Wine of Harmony

Winemakers are always attuned to the fact that Mother Nature calls the shots, “but 2014 was really a reminder that you’re at the mercy of Mother Nature,” recalls Rebekah Wineburg, winemaker at Quintessa. A longtime resident of Napa Valley, Rebekah, recounts a season that began as a parched California entered its third year of severe drought. Then…

The Last Detail

The Last Detail

Every wine lover knows that terrible moment when the joy of opening a great bottle is jolted into the despair of discovering it has been ruined by a tainted cork. The culprit—a chemical compound known as TCA, short for 2,4,6-Trichloranisole—remains one of the wine world’s mysteries. But this much is known: TCA occurs at some…

From Beaker to Barrel

From Beaker to Barrel

Meet Rebekah Wineburg, a chemist who couldn’t resist the lure of the vineyard, and Quintessa’s new winemaker. Q: Did you grow up with wine?  A: I grew up in Washington, D.C., and my family drank wine, but we’re not wine collectors. When I was 16, we went to Napa and I was fascinated by fermentation…

A Vineyard in Full Voice and a Wine of Perfect Harmony.

A Vineyard in Full Voice and a Wine of Perfect Harmony.

It was a warm, dry spring in Napa Valley, and budbreak came early. Only one bout of heat in late June 2013 interrupted the mild weather, but it was over by Independence Day. Winemaker Charles Thomas knew he was witnessing the start of an ideal growing season—incredibly, one that might even surpass the near-perfect conditions of…

Perfect Timing

Perfect Timing

When is a vintage ready? The question of when to drink a great wine is one of the central conundrums facing any wine lover. Drinking a wine when its most complex, interesting flavors are being fully expressed is clearly preferable to drinking a wine that’s so young it hasn’t really “become itself” yet. On the…