Qupé Wines

Basic Info

Qupé (“kyoo-pay”) was founded in 1982 by owner and winemaker Bob Lindquist, whom Eric Asimov of the New York Times calls ‘one of the unsung heroes of California wine’. Qupé employs traditional winemaking techniques, creating Rhône-style wines that are true to type and speak of their vineyard sources. A California resident since childhood, Bob Lindquist named his winery “qupé” to honor the Chumash, the indigenous people of the Golden State’s Central Coast and Channel Islands. In Chumash, “qupé” refers to the poppy, a flowering plant traditionally used for food and medicine. Bob was instrumental in coining the term ‘Rhône Ranger’ for those looking for a change from the hegemony of Cabernet and Chardonnay: he was the first producer of Marsanne in California (1987), and the first producer of Syrah, Viognier and a Rhône-style blend (‘Los Olivos Cuvée’) in Santa Barbara County (1982, 1989, 1988).

Central Coast
Sub region:
Santa Barbara County
Year founded:
Bob Lindquist
Bob Lindquist