Quixote Winery

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Quixote Winery
Quixote winery logo.png
LocationNapa, California, USA
AppellationStags Leap District AVA
First vintage1999
Key peopleCarl Doumani, Proprietor; Michael Wolf, Vineyard Manager, Aaron Pott; Consulting Winemaker, Damon Bailey; Winemaker
Known forQuixote Petite Sirah
VarietalsPetite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon
TastingBy appointment, Wednesday through Monday. Tour & tasting lasts approximately 1 hour and begins at 10am. Cost is $45 per person.

Quixote Winery is a boutique winery in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, California. The winery produces organic red wine in the premium segment, and also features unusual, eclectic architecture[2] and label design.

Production and facilities[edit]

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Quixote Winery produces Petite Sirah (Quixote spells it as Petite Syrah) and Cabernet Sauvignon varietal wines, under the "Quixote" label. Fruit is sourced from the 27 acres (11 ha), sustainably-farmed Stags’ Leap Ranch estate vineyard that was planted in 1996 located between Stags' Leap Winery and Shafer Vineyards. The wine, which retails at $60 to $100 per bottle ($25 for Rose),[3] is bottled with screwcaps rather than corks for better quality and storage.[1] The wines are highly rated and receive numerous awards.[4] Food and Wine Magazine rated Quixote one of the twenty best new wineries in the world between 1999 and 2004.[5]

The winery building, including grounds, is the only United States project built by Viennese architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000).[6] Among other unusual touches, the winery is designed in a whimsical, exotic way with ceramic tiles, irregularly rounded and painted columns, and deliberately uneven floors designed for their tactile effect on occupants' feet.[6][7] There are no right angles, except in the basement. The design style has been called phantasmagoric,[8] psychedelic, and Dr. Seuss-like,[9][10] and also likened to "the creation of a beautifully demented child".[6] The winery structure is dominated by an onion dome covered in gold leaf,[7] as well as a living roof topped with grass, bushes, and trees.[7]


2002 Petite Syrah label design

In 1971, Carl Doumani purchased the historic Stags' Leap Winery. Over two decades he restored the vineyard, winery, and manor house. In 1996, Doumani decided to create a smaller organic and sustainable winery highlighting his much adored varietal, Petite Sirah. He formed a friendship with renowned Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, with whom he worked to design the winery, after growing impatient with his intended project architect and noticing Hundertwasser's sculptures in a calendar. Partly due to the unusual design process and construction methods, the winery took ten years to complete. Hundertwasser also designed some of the winery's unusual wine labels, and persuaded Doumani to produce the wine with organic grapes.[11] Hundertwasser and Doumani agreed on a design approach that would emphasize that structures, and the people in them, need not be on "the grid", and could instead be close to nature.[6]

Winemaker for Quixote is under the direction of consulting winemaker and 2012 Food and Wine Magazine Winemaker of the Year Aaron Pott since 2008. The Vineyard Manager is Michael Wolf.

Wine Spectator reported in July 2014 that Quixote Winery had been sold to a Chinese company for approximately $29 million.[12]


  1. ^ a b Michael Dresser (2004-11-03). "Should the cork be saved?". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
  2. ^ John King (August 24, 2007). "Napa Valley Architecture: Napa's houses of wine". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  3. ^ Heather Irwin (November 23, 2005). "Wine Tasting Room of the Week: Quixote Winery". metroactive. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
  4. ^ James Laube (January 31, 2005). "Syrah's banner year:in 2002, Rhone Valley grapes star in California". Wine Spectator.
  5. ^ Richard Nalley (2004). "20 best new wineries". Food and Wine Magazine. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  6. ^ a b c d Chris Colin (February 11, 2007). "Where the Winery Itself Is a Little Tipsy". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
  7. ^ a b c "Now That's a Weird Winery". In Wine Country. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  8. ^ Matt Kramer (2004). New California Wine. Running Press Book Publishers.
  9. ^ Courtney Cochran. "Dr. Seuss Comes to Napa". Winecountry.com. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
  10. ^ Thom Elkjer (April 7, 2005). "Lovable rogue Carl Doumani has an uncanny knack for getting into just the right amount of trouble". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
  11. ^ Louisa Hufstader (March 26, 2007). "Quixote Winery tilts at glory with Hundertwasser design". Napa Valley Register. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
  12. ^ James Laube (July 22, 2014). "Napa's Quixote Winery Sold to Chinese-Owned Firm For Approximately $29 Million". Wine Spectator. Retrieved 2015-07-05.

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