Quintessa and biodynamics in Napa

Quintessa estate

How a wife changed her husband's mind.

Jean-Michel Valette, one of the cleverest Masters of Wine, is chairman of Huneeus Vintners, whose most glamorous component is the Napa Valley winery Quintessa in the north-eastern corner of the Rutherford AVA between the Silverado Trail and the Napa river. He’s pretty clued up about the latest developments in the world of wine – one of which is a manifesto issued by Ch Cheval Blanc about, inter alia, its commitment to biodiversity.

Having read it, he shared it with the Quintessa team and urged them to follow suit. But’, pointed out Quintessa’s...