We were wondering if modern man had inadvertently transformed wine, a beverage of pleasure, into an absurdly serious pursuit when we happened upon Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000). One thing led to another until Smithsonian curator Harry Rand fostered our introduction to the delightfully witty Viennese artist, architect, philosopher and environmentalist who would design our winery.
It was the magic of the Stags Leap Palisades and the little pond above our winery that captured Friedensreich’s soul. A close friendship evolved as we worked together from 1988 to 1998 to plan and construct Quixote Winery.
Hundertwasser had a lot of rules all of which create the festive atmosphere that is Quixote:
- No straight lines
- Roofs are planted with grass and trees
- Every building is capped with a golden turret to elevate man’s sense of himself
- Color is king
Winery visits by appointment only - contact us to visit.