Andrew and Laurel Quady are the founders of Quady Winery. Their path into the wine world began with an exodus from southern California to pursue their dream: a rural way of life making wine. When Andrew Quady and his wife Laurel moved to the San Joaquin Valley to pursue a rural lifestyle and an oenology degree at U.C. Davis for Andy, an earlier career producing explosives transformed into a more sensitive, but still dramatic life crafting intense Muscat wines.
1600 cases of Zinfandel port started the Quadys off on sweet feet in 1975. In a small San Joaquin valley town, 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. This marked the birth of Quady Winery's Muscat expertise - where the rich flavors of rare Muscat varietals are celebrated and intensified rather than blended and softened.