Quivira Vineyards is a leading producer of Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and Rhône varieties, built upon intentional winegrowing and a thoughtful commitment to Biodynamic and organic farming. Quivira was founded in 1981 by Holly and Henry Wendt, who were drawn to Dry Creek Valley’s unspoiled rural character and rich history of winegrape growing that is among the longest in California. In 2006, Pete and Terri Kight purchased Quivira.
From the very beginning, Quivira has been committed to maintaining the integrity of the estate to make farming a long-term proposition. Quivira is among the first vineyards to become certified Biodynamic in the United States, earning the certification in 2005. Since 1998, Quivira has been actively engaged in restoring Wine Creek, the Coho salmon and Steelhead trout spawning stream that winds through the center of the estate. The iconic 140-year-old Fig Tree has been preserved as a landmark.
Quivira’s wine program is driven by the seamless vision of quality shared between winemaker Hugh Chappelle and viticulturist Ned Horton. Together, they have integrated the vineyard and winery where farming practices are optimally aligned with the desired characteristics of the finished wine. Hugh captures the subtle nuances that reflect Ned’s precise growing practices within each vineyard block. This partnership nurtures Quivira’s hallmarks of balance, freshness, and complexity. They do not rely on the crutch of aggressive manipulations in the cellar; each vintage captures the truest character of Quivira’s estate.
Quivira’s estate includes a lush Biodynamic and organic garden designed to educate visitors and promote biodiversity. The garden’s 120 raised beds are planted to exceptional heritage cultivars of various produce. Quivira partners with highly-regarded restaurants and hosts farm-to-table dinners that feature fresh produce, estate products and wine all from the property.
The name is derived from an old Spanish fable. Spanish explorers traversed the New World in search of treasure in a mythical kingdom named Quivira. This fabled land possessed “trees hung with golden bells.” Today, Quivira thrives in the fruitful soils at the confluence of Dry Creek and Wine Creek; the region’s “gold” is the acres of world-renowned grapevines attracting a new era of adventure seekers.
Quivira is open to the public seven days a week. Tastings are available without an appointment with tours available at 10am and 2pm by appointment.
4900 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg CA 95448