Andrew Quady’s change of career from making fireworks to making wine produced an explosion of its own kind when he created Essensia from the Orange Muscat grape. It was an instant success and until 1985 he could not make enough to satisfy demand.
Following the success of Essensia, Andy’s next creation was Elysium from the Black Muscat grape. Quady is now the foremost American winery specialising entirely in dessert wines and continues to win medals worldwide.
In 1975 Quady's first portlike wine was made from Amador County Zinfandel. Now it is made from traditional Portuguese varietals such as Tinta Roriz and Tinta Cao.
The vineyard is managed to achieve loose bunches and a small crop.
Well drained alluvial soils