Born and raised in Miami, Florida, of Cuban descent, my roots and culture shaped and influenced my appreciation for wine.
In 2005, I founded Vine Wine Shop & Tasting Loft. This neighborhood wine shop was a place that brought together those looking to discover fantastic, underrepresented, and esoteric wines from around the world.
Soils, farming practices, winemaking philosophies, and patience would become my center. In 2013, West Coast bound and unsure of how my journey would unfold, the beauty of Northern California fueled my next chapter. Self- taught, self-motivated with focused intention, I jumped all in and found my rhythm. My first wine would be born in 2014, from organically sourced Sonoma Valley fruit, full of wide-eyed expression and hopeful of the many more vintages that follow.
A minimalist at heart, my philosophy is a focus on the fruit source, ambient fermentation, no fining, or filtering that encourages a natural and unique expression. This marks a distinction of place, climate, and varietal. I like the idea of working with unique vineyards that are conscientious and practice meticulous and organic farming. The soils are what I believe to be the start of the real story to a varietally expressive wine. I also believe in being fully hands-on by hand harvesting, hand sorting my fruit, and being fully transparent throughout my winemaking process.
Throughout the year, my time is spent patiently watching, being sensorially vigilant, and putting forth low-intervention philosophies that make these wines pure and alive. For me, the most important part of this journey is finding that balance and always remembering the land and vines that brought us this wine.
Each harvest brings a new inspiration, with a glimpse of all that happened that year (and believe me, no one year is ever the same). I love its history, how sensorial wine can be, how it evokes memories and a sense of place. I also love varietals that can showcase their ability to express both its feminine and masculine sides with a beautiful vibrancy.
I hope you come to find like I did – that one sip, one moment, one leap can change everything. I also hope you enjoy these wines as much as I enjoy making them.
Cary Quintana – Winemaker