Steve Brady is the “garagiste dreamer” behind On Q. An aspiring winemaker who has lived in Napa’s Browns Valley for some 50 years, Brady began crafting wines in the early 2000s out of his garage. He took his project to the next level when he teamed up with a few world-class winemakers and consultants. A new cult wine was born. An avid trumpet player, Brady named his label “On Q” in honor of the musical term for a player that is perfectly in time with the music—just like grapes being in perfect tune with nature ready for harvest.
Brady studied viticulture and enology in Napa. He learned his craft from the ground up. The pleasure of sharing his wines and witnessing the joy it brought to people’s lives motivated Brady to take his winery to the next level. In 2010, On Q enjoyed its first commercial vintage. After a string of successful vintages with Julien Fayard, they secured winemaker-consultant Maayan Koschitzky, famously known for his studies at Dalla Valle and Screaming Eagle. While the world of Napa Valley Cabernet can drastically vary from leaner, Old World expressions to full-bodied luxury (which occasionally passes over into raisined fruit), Maayan succeeds in crafting a richer style that still retains lift and balance.As a young man growing up in the Napa Valley, Steve learned to appreciate and respect the significance of the region’s winemaking history. In addition to his love for wine, Steve’s longtime hobby of playing trumpet soon evolved into a semi-professional endeavor. As his passions for both wine and music grew, Steve realized the creation of extraordinary music and the crafting of world-class wine shared a common element—timing.
Trained as a Marine Engineer and having spent many years at sea, Steve’s detail-oriented, meticulous nature couple with his artistic side and enable him to create wines of high-quality, elegance, and sophistication to be enjoyed by both discriminating wine connoisseur and novice alike.
Steve planted his first vineyard in 2003 with the help from his three daughters, Megan, Amanda, and Marina—each of whom have been involved in his winemaking endeavors since its inception. He produced his first wine with the 2005 vintage, a Rhone blend that received rave reviews from friends, family, and local wine competitions.
In 2010, Steve launched On Q Wines with an indelible vintage that received rave reviews and high scores. Steve's Consulting Winemaker, Maayan Koschitzky, assists Steve in winemaking decisions and works directly alongside in the cellar.
Leila is Steve’s wife and Director of Sales for On Q Wines. She was born on the island of Java in Indonesia and holds a dual Master’s Degree in English Literature and Cultural Studies from Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia. Her sensitivity to métier and penchant for connecting with those from all over the world allow her to naturally assist in all aspects of winery operations and in overseeing wine club memberships and private tastings.
Director of Sales
Maayan comes to On Q Wines by way of cult wineries Screaming Eagle, Dalle Valle, and Atelier Melka.
“Spanning wine regions in Israel, California, Washington and Chile, Maayan has accumulated more winemaking experience in ten years than many enologists would in an entire career,” says Inside Winemaking Magazine.
Like Steve, Maayan holds an Engineering degree and a background unique to the Napa Valley. However, his ultimate passion for winemaking and enology led him to the Napa Valley, where he has become one of the most respected and talented winemakers in the region. His distinguished palate and ability to construct complex wine blends has elevated On Q to a new level. Maayan and Steve work closely together to ensure On Q wines are among some of the finest produced in the Napa Valley
Maayan’s meticulous focus in tending to the vines with great care and precision are the impetus in ensuring On Q Wines are produced with the best fruit possible, supporting his belief that “great wine starts right on the vines.”