Andrew Quady’s change of career from making fireworks to making wine produced
an explosion of its own kind when he created Essensia from the Orange Muscat
grape. It was an instant success and until 1985 he could not make enough to satisfy
demand. 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.