Looking down from Dragon’s Hill, with sweeping views of the Quintessa Estate, cradled among volcanic hills and adorned by a lake, it’s easy to feel that same pull of destiny Agustin and Valeria Huneeus grasped when they first discovered this piece of land in the heart of Napa Valley in 1989.
At that time, it had never been planted with grapevines, and so from the very beginning, the couple treated the land with upmost respect—applying biodynamic and organic farming techniques to encourage the soil’s health and vitality. Every decision was guided by their original vision to farm vines in a way that would let the purity and spirit of the land be known. Since its inception, Quintessa has produced a singular wine each year to reflect this rare and special place.
The Huneeuses have always desired to share their soulful bond to the land with others, and so today guests are invited up to a private pavilion on Dragon’s Hill for an unparalleled wine experience. To begin, you are welcomed by a private host with a refreshing glass of Illumination, Quintessa’s limited production Sauvignon Blanc, as you learn about the property and the Huneeuses’ journey to create one of the great wine estates in the world.
With the rare opportunity to taste barrel samples selected from distinctive vineyard blocks, you will discover just how diverse and rich the landscape at Quintessa is, with its numerous different soil types, microclimates, and various elevations and sun exposures. It was that diversity that convinced the owners of Quintessa’s potential. Today, the estate is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Carmenere grapes—varietals that are artfully blended into one estate wine each year.
The tasting experience continues with the current vintage of Quintessa followed by a rare library vintage—wines of elegance and finesse that express the beauty and uniqueness of the property. Local artisanal cheeses allow you to taste the nuances and flavors that come when great wine is accompanied by great food. Quintessa is truly an example of how fine wine is a reflection of place, and through this unique tasting experience, you too will recognize that original spark of devotion and commitment to this incredible property.
This experience is approximately 90 minutes and available by appointment. Quintessa is located 0.6 miles from Auberge Du Soleil at 1601 Silverado Trail South, St. Helena, CA.