Every door we step through, and every decision we make puts us exactly where we are meant to be. This is my story, this is “my dash”.
I am a woman-owned and small-production winemaker of Cuban descent and vibrant Hispanic culture.
In 2013, soils, farming practices, and patience would become my center. West Coast bound and unsure of how my journey would unfold, the beauty of Northern California fueled this next chapter. Self-taught, motivated with intention, 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.
With a low-intervention approach that focuses on working with organic, or sustainably farmed vineyards, I am all about capturing pure and vibrant varietal expressions. A minimalist at heart, and sensorily vigilant, my wines see ambient fermentations, no filtering or fining, and a light hand in the cellar. My aim is to highlight a distinction between time, place, and the diversity of what our micro-climates offer in our beautiful part of the world. Soils and a strong base of healthy grapes are what I believe to be the start of a varietally expressive wine. I also believe in being fully hands on-so yes, these are truly handcrafted wines that include hand harvesting, hand sorting, at times a bit of good ol’ foot treading, and most importantly being fully present.
Each harvest brings new inspiration and determination of capturing time and place. Despite the challenging threat of our ever-changing climate – a lesson in resilience, nimbleness, and creativity has been a common thread to this craft.
I love how community-driven wine is, how it evokes memories, and highlights its unapologetic nature of diversity. I also love varietals that can showcase their ability to express both their feminine and masculine sides with a beautiful vibrancy.
I hope you come to find like I did – that one courageous decision to follow your passion can change everything. I also hope you enjoy these wines as much as I enjoy bringing them to you.
Cary Quintana, Winemaker
~Cary Q Wines is a Hispanic and Woman-Owned Winery~