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About Us
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According to the dictionary,Autumn on Red Mountain the quintessence of something is its perfect, ideal example: “the pure, highly-concentrated essence of a thing”. What better description could there be for a vineyard dedicated to providing fine grapes of the highest possible quality and distinction?

At Quintessence Vineyards, our focus from the outset has been on cultivating premium land to yield a premium product. Today, our vines are producing grapes for some of the most sought-after wines in the world.


Who We Are

Prior to founding Quintessence, partners Dick Shaw and Paul Kaltinick had extensive experience on Red Mountain, having established Obelisco Estate there in 1974 with partner Doug Long. Although from the outset their focus at Quintessence would be strictly farming, their backgrounds in wine making, wine distribution and marketing would compliment their efforts as growers and prove instrumental in helping them understand the needs and concerns of Quintessence customers.

Day to day operations of the property are overseen by Dick Shaw’s Northwestern Vineyards Management, with Eric Henriksen as General Manager and Marshall Edwards as Vineyard Operations Manager. Jody Wheeler is Office Manager.

History

Before joining Quintessence, Vineyard Manager Marshall Edwards had already played a significant role at some of Washington’s largest vineyards — notably for Ste. Michelle and significantly with the challenging terrain at Canoe Ridge Estate in the Horse Heaven Hills.

Marshall’s work in the region soon attracted the attention of Dick Shaw and general manager Eric Henriksen. Commenting on the terrain at Red Mountain, Marshall told wine journalist Eric Degerman at Great Northwest Wine: “It was steep country, and I had a lot of experience with [excavators] and steep country.”

Partners Dick and Paul launched Quintessence with a Phase One planting of 68 acres along Red Mountain’s southwestern slope. Positive response was immediate, with customers pointing to “world class vineyard management” and “spectacular fruit” as among our outstanding attributes. Additional plantings followed, with similar success. Now, with our expansion along the eastern ridge and slope of Red Mountain, Quintessence will encompass 299 acres in total.

Looking Ahead

As we celebrate the recent completion of our Phase Three planting, we also celebrate the productive relationships we’ve formed with some of the world’s finest wineries. While we look back with gratitude at our early successes, we also look ahead to watch proudly as the new vines we’ve planted continue their growth to fruition.

Premium land, a talent for farming, dedicated management, ideal growing conditions, and a love for what we do. Those are the qualities that add up to make our grapes quintessentially Quintessence!

Who We Are

Harvest timeQuintessence founders Dick Shaw and Paul Kaltinick planted their first vines as partners on Red Mountain in 2010.

Dick’s extensive experience with Washington wines reaches back 30 years. He currently operates more than 2,000 acres of vineyard in the Columbia Valley, including three other vineyard interests on Red Mountain.

Day to day operations of the Quintessence property are overseen by Dick’s Northwestern Vineyards Management, with Eric Henriksen as General Manager and Marshall Edwards as Vineyard Operations Manager.

History

Before joining Quintessence, Vineyard Manager Marshall Edwards had already played a significant role at some of Washington’s largest vineyards — notably for Ste. Michelle and significantly with the challenging terrain at Canoe Ridge Estate in the Horse Heaven Hills.

Marshall’sMarshall Edwards surveys the southern slopes with Mike Macmorran, Winemaker, Mark Ryan Winery. work in the region soon attracted the attention of Dick Shaw and general manager Eric Henriksen. Commenting on the terrain at Red Mountain, Marshall told wine journalist Eric Degerman at Great Northwest Wine: “It was steep country, and I had a lot of experience with [excavators] and steep country.”

Partners Dick and Paul launched Quintessence with a Phase One planting of 68 acres along Red Mountain’s southwestern slope. Positive response was immediate, with customers pointing to “world class vineyard management” and “spectacular fruit” as among our outstanding attributes. Additional plantings followed, with similar success. Now, with our expansion along the eastern ridge and slope of Red Mountain, Quintessence will encompass some 300 acres in┬átotal.

Looking Ahead

As we celebrate the recent completion of our Phase Three planting, we also celebrate theQuintessence grapes at harvest productive relationships we’ve formed with some of the world’s finest wineries. While we look back with gratitude at our early successes, we also look ahead to watch proudly as the new vines we’ve planted continue their growth to fruition.

Premium land, a talent for farming, dedicated management, ideal growing conditions, and a love for what we do. Those are the qualities that add up to make our grapes quintessentially Quintessence!