The Stag’s Leap District is one of the world’s great growing regions, a valley within a valley, which stretches from the Napa River to the eastern outcropping of the Stags Leap palisades. It’s an illustrious neighborhood that includes many of the founding fathers of Napa Valley.
The soils vary across the Quixote property and are the result of volcanic eruptions that took place millions of years ago, as well as the slow erosion of the arid Vaca Mountains. The gravely soils, interspersed with cobblestones, are coarser and retain less water resulting in low-vigor vines that yield fruit with great intensity and flavor.
Organic farming is common sense farming, and while whimsy has taken a hold of the buildings, our 27-acre estate vineyard is farmed without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. This detail-centric, hands-on approach produces higher quality grapes. We call it thoughtful farming. Our estate vineyard, from which all our grapes are grown, is planted primarily with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah vines, complemented by small plantings of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Since 2008, we have entrusted noted Vineyard Manager, Michael Wolf, with the farming of our vineyard, working hand-in-hand and with the guidance and direction of Robert Smith and Philippe Melka, our winemaking team.
The habitat surrounding the estate is full of life. From owls and other birds of prey to tiny lizards that compete with your feet as you enter the winery, the diversity of the ranch ecosystem helps promote balance between humans and nature, as well as continually improving the overall health of the vineyard. Practical and common-sense … the Quixote approach.