Darioush, a winery noted for its Bordeaux style estate wines, implements old world labor-intensive, micro-vineyard management and new world state of the art technology to craft fine wines from its estates located in the appellations of Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder and Oak Knoll. Under the direction of Darioush Khaledi and winemaker Steve Devitt, precision and quality are of the utmost importance at the winery.
"The opening of the new winery and visitor center is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting moments in my life. Ever since I was a young man, when I began my passion for great wine, I dreamt of this day."
Darioush Khaledi grew up in Shiraz, one of Iran's prominent wine-growing regions. His father was a hobbyist winemaker and as a young boy, Khaledi used to sneak sips from the barrel; as a young adult he became a devoted collector of fine wines.
Trained as a civil engineer and with a career in construction, Darioush left Iran in the late 1970's and emigrated to Southern California where he was faced with the challenge of rebuilding his life. Darioush and his brother-in-law pooled their resources and purchased a failing grocery store in the city of Los Angeles. Now, thirty years later, together they operate one of the most successful independently owned grocery businesses in the United States, which alone employs over 1,500 people.
As the success of his grocery business grew, his passion for fine wine transformed from collector to producer. No longer was Darioush interested solely in collecting the world's finest wines—he was driven to create hand-crafted wines with the highest quality standards.
Darioush is the culmination of the worldwide search for the ultimate vineyard estate. The Darioush Estate's ninety-five acres are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, and Viognier.
Steve Devitt is Winemaker and Vineyard Manager of Darioush. Steve manages all winemaking and viticulture activities at Darioush. His understanding of microclimates, the local soils, and the wines they produce enable him to create Estate wines that best express the character of each individual vineyard. As a winegrower, he believes that the best winemaking begins in the vineyards. Steve personally manages the Estate's extensive new vineyard developments and all aspects of the Estate's wine production.
Focused to the limited production of red Bordeaux varietals and small lots of Chardonnay, Viognier, and Shiraz, Darioush employs minimal intervention or 'ancien' winemaking techniques. The Darioush Estate is committed to hand-harvesting and hand-sorting each grape cluster prior to crushing. This is a meticulous and labor-intensive method, but it ensures that only the finest, fully matured grapes are used in our Darioush wines. This approach includes small lot whole cluster pressing, de-stemming, cold soaking, extended maceration, barrel-to-barrel racking, and bottling without filtration.
This minimalist approach preserves and expresses the true varietal character of Darioush Signature wines. Our main focus is to grow a classic red Bordeaux blend that displays the finest qualities of the Estate's unique soils and microclimate.
Darioush welcomes guests to its new visitor center and winery which opened in 2004. The new architectural building comes after five years in the making, and combines materials, castings, and furnishings from distant lands and exotic locations. The 22,000 square foot winery, the first in America to combine architecture, design, and Persian culture, provides a unique and exhilarating experience in California’s most renowned wine destination. Reminiscent of the great noble architecture that once existed, the imagery of the Darioush building evokes Persepolis, the illustrious capital of ancient Persia.
The Khaledi's Persian heritage is the inspiration and vision for the winery, designed by architects Ardeshir and Roshan Nozari, incorporating clean, contemporary lines with historical references to Persia’s ancient capital city. One of the most important aspects of the Persian culture is hospitality, and the winery is designed to create a welcoming and enjoyable as well as a rich and intriguing environment for guests. Visitors will receive unparalleled service and a sensational experience.
“The juxtaposition of modern clean lines and historical references represent the philosophy of our office,” states Ardeshir Nozari, who incorporated many intriguing architectural elements throughout the building. Among the design features of interest are the 16 monumental 18-foot freestanding columns with capital bulls, which act as stone trees at the entrance of the winery, elevating visitor expectations. Richly textured travertine-stone cladding surrounds the entire building. This yellow stone was quarried near the region of Persepolis and exported to Turkey and Italy for cutting and tumbling before it reached the Silverado Trail in Napa. Additional design features include pre-cast moldings, furniture, fireplaces, ironwork, lighting, cellars, and an amphitheatre for performances and events.
The Visitor Center boasts a state of the art facility offering a unique one-on-one experience to taste the complete line of signature wines with options for indoor and outdoor seating. Six outdoor water features with fountains and one indoor rolling wall of water comprise some of the sights and sounds of the guest experience. Lush and varied landscaping creates a sequence of continuous gardens, which lead the visitors to the winery.
For over three decades, proprietor Darioush Khaledi has sought out the world’s finest wines, aspiring to create the quintessential collection. Having the belief that the true value in collecting wine is sharing with friends and family, Darioush welcomes you to an intimate 120-minute wine experience that is like no other.
Quintessential was crafted for a connoisseur by a connoisseur, and is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore and indulge in the world’s most celebrated wines.
Begin your journey with a glass of Krug champagne and imported caviar, then descend the stairs to Darioush Khaledi's private wine cellar where you are welcome to peruse his extensive collection of such storied producers as Cos d'Estournel and Pichon Lalande. Allow us to select a bottle for you to taste alongside our Bordeaux-style Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, the true inspiration behind the Darioush estate. Each wine is expertly paired with amuse-bouche crafted by celebrated Napa Valley chef, Ken Frank of La Toque.
Quintessential is offered by appointment only for a tariff of $300 per person. Availability is limited; please RSVP directly to our Concierge at (707) 257-2345 ext. 130, firstname.lastname@example.org or request your reservation online.
Our small and dedicated Darioush team works passionately to create some of the finest wines from the world famous Napa Valley. We look forward to introducing the beauty and passion of Darioush wines to you!