In 1989, Carl Doumani discovered the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a Viennese painter, architect, ecologist and philosopher. Believing that the wine world had transformed a beverage of consummate pleasure into an absurdly serious pursuit, he commissioned Hundertwasser to design a winery to combat these notions.
Noted for his extensive work in Austria and in his second home, New Zealand. Hundertwasser's architectural philosophy was devoted to elevating man's sense of himself . Our winery is the only building designed by Hundertwasser in the United States.
The wilt and whimsy of his design delights people of all ages and persuasions. Besides a very free flowing design evoking the work of Gaudi in Barcelona, there are basically three "signature" Hundertwasser's elements:
1. A sod roof to blend in with surrounding landscape
2. Exuberant use of ceramic tile
3. A gold leaf onion dome
Hundertwasser was thinking green before Green Architecture and LEED certification were even on the horizon. Our landscaping is designed to be practical and natural. Tall wild grasses increase the visual impact of the winery as you ascend the pathway to our reception area. Rosemary bushes, thyme, persimmon, buddha's hand citrus, pomegranate, fig, and nectarine not only enhance the beauty of our building, but they provide a bounty each year for us to enjoy.
Five natural springs are collected into our large resevoir to provide an abundance of water to help sustain our landscaping and vineyards during times of severe drought. On ideal years, our vineyard requires no water for our desired dry farming approach.Quixote Winery has been called "whimsical" and "eccentric." To those who have experienced Quixote's architecture and breathtaking surroundings in the golden hillsides of the Stags Leap District appellation, the 42-acre wine-producing property is a world all its own.