In 1990, the Chilean couple Agustin and Valeria Huneeus created their to-be-famous winery Quintessa. They chose Rutheford, a well-known wine-growing region in the heart of Napa Valley, to establish their estate. The soil there had the particularity of never having grown wine stocks before. The terroir possesses an exceptional geodiversity: it is nestled among hills and valleys surrounding Dragon Lake. This area contains a large variety of microclimates and different types of soil: sandy, clay, rocky, and volcanic.
In the face of these two challenges, the Hunneus family decided to use organic and biodynamic practices, and to work each plot individually from harvesting to the wine-making process, thus preserving all of the distinctive characteristics of each type of soil. The best components are then blended to create Quintessa wine, which reflects the entirety of its terroir, lifting it into the ranks of the best wines in Napa Valley.