Every door we step through, every decision we make puts us exactly where we are meant to be. This is my story.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, of Cuban descent, my roots and culture shaped and influenced my appreciation for wine.
Soils, farming practices, 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, motivated with intention, I jumped all in and found my north star. 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 working with organically or sustainably farmed vineyards, ambient yeast and bacteria fermentation, no fining, or filtering – all of which encourage fresh and vibrant wines. This marks a distinction between time, place, and the diversity of what nature offers. I like the idea of working with unique vineyards that are conscientious and practice meticulous and organic farming. Soils and a strong base of healthy grapes, happy fermentation, and aging vessels that highlight the fruit’s characteristics are what I believe to be the start of the real story of a varietally expressive wine. I also believe in being fully hands-so yes, these are truly handcrafted wines that include hand harvesting, hand sorting, some foot treading, and being fully present throughout my winemaking process.
Throughout the year, my time is spent patiently watching, being sensorial, 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, capturing time and place. 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 sip, one moment, one courageous decision to follow your passion can change everything. I also hope you enjoy these wines as much as I am enjoying this journey.
Cary Quintana, Winemaker
~Cary Q Wines is a Hispanic and Woman-Owned Winery~