Quady | California
It was the early 1980's, in a small San Joaquin valley town of California, that Andrew Quady discovered an unused patch of the rare Orange Muscat grape varietal, known in Italy as Moscato Fior d’Arancio. These grapes became the first "Essensia" (the name refers to the skin contact technique which extracts the ‘essence’ of the grape) which was an instant success and marked the birth of Quady Winery's Muscat expertise.
Now Quady is the foremost American winery specialising entirely in dessert wines and continues to win medals worldwide. In 1975 Quady's first port-like wine was made from Amador County Zinfandel. Now it is made from traditional Portuguese varietals such as Tinta Roriz and Tinta Cao.