The Stags Leap palisades create a dramatic backdrop, while seedheads of ornamental grasses soften the surroundings on a winter's day at ...
Quixote Winery, located in the Stags Leap AVA - American Viticultural Area - of Napa Valley.
Owner Carl Doumani, an avid art lover, once said: "The minute I saw [Hundertwasser's design) I knew it was what I wanted."
Playfully colorful, flowing and undulating, Quixote's design represents a rare example in the U.S. of a site (buildings and grounds) created by the artist, Hundertwasser. Always aware and concerned about the environment, Hundertwasser often added green roofs to structures.
Hundertwasser's paintings and architectural work incorporate an organic aesthetic meant to enrich one's everyday experience, in sharp contrast to the stark, geometric architecture that he loathed.
Ornamental grasses planted throughout add a naturalism to a landscape
designed by Landscape Architect Jack Chandler.
The Quixote vineyards are organically farmed.
"The kind of day that makes you want to live forever."
I basked in the warmth of the Irish: In this instance, the above greeting by Quixote's Wine Club Concierge, Ireland-born Anne White.
Anne's hospitality will enhance your visit to the winery: open by appointment only.
A note: In 2000, Hundertwasser died on a voyage on the RMS Queen Elizabeth, and is buried in New Zealand.
Quixote produces finely crafted Petite Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.