Holly and Henry Wendt began growing grapes in 1981 and started making wine in 1987. At Quivira Vineyards, the couple is noted for their environmentally friendly philosophy. This attitude extends beyond their grape growing and winemaking efforts.
Beginning in 1998, Quivira also started working to reinvigorate the number salmon and steelhead in Dry Creek. They are certified organic and biodynamic, and recently began powering the winery with solar energy.
With over 25 years of experience in the wine industry, Tony Castellanos is the vineyard manager. Steve Canter is Quivira’s winemaker. Castellanos and Canter collaborate to produce wines from several different properties including Anderson Ranch, Tambellini Vineyard, Fig Tree Vineyard, and Wine Creek Ranch.
Quivira Vineyards has 3 current releases: the 2005 Fig Tree Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2004 Steelhead Red (blend of 39% Grenache, 29% Zinfandel, 16% Syrah, and 16% Mourvedre), and the 2004 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel.