Darioush Winery, nestled in the heart of Napa Valley along the picturesque Silverado Trail, stands as a testament to the fusion of exquisite wines and dramatic Persian architecture. As a renowned “destination winery” in California, Darioush Winery has earned a reputation for crafting exceptional wines, with their flagship Cabernet Sauvignon label, Darius II, taking center stage in their critically acclaimed range.
One of the unique aspects that sets Darioush apart is their unconventional choice of vineyard locations. In the 1990s, when most vintners focused on warmer climates, Darioush recognized the potential of cooler macroclimates in the southern Napa Valley. They wisely acquired vineyards across the Oak Knoll and Mount Veeder AVAs, which now encompass an impressive 120 acres (48.5 hectares) of lush vineyards.
The winery has planted an array of grape varieties, with a predominant focus on Cabernet Sauvignon complemented by Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Sauvignon Blanc. This diverse selection forms the backbone of Darioush’s Signature Series, which showcases the winery’s commitment to producing unique and exquisite wines, including a delightful range of blended offerings.
At the heart of Darioush Winery’s success lies their flagship wine, the esteemed Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon. Revered by connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike, this exceptional wine is so highly sought after that a waiting list is necessary to secure an allocation. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, Darius II undergoes an aging process of approximately 22 months in French oak, with 80 percent new wood contributing to its unparalleled character and complexity. It is a wine that encapsulates the very essence of Napa Valley’s terroir and the passion of the winemaking team.
The story of Darioush Winery traces back to the vision and determination of its founder, Darioush Khaledi. Born and raised in Iran, Darioush’s father cultivated wine as a personal hobby. After immigrating to the United States in the 1970s and establishing a successful grocery store chain, KV Mart, Darioush embarked on a journey that would forever change his life. On his 20th wedding anniversary, he and his wife visited Napa Valley, where they experienced the beauty of California wines for the first time. Captivated by the region’s winemaking potential, they decided to invest in land and create a winery that would honor their Persian heritage while showcasing the finest expressions of Napa Valley’s wines.
Today, Darioush Winery stands as a testament to the seamless blend of art, culture, and viticulture. With each bottle crafted, the winery continues to pay homage to its roots and captivate wine enthusiasts worldwide with its exceptional wines and breathtaking ambiance. Darioush Winery has become an integral part of the Napa Valley wine scene, and its legacy is sure to endure for generations to come.