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Darioush Khaledi, founder of his namesake winery in Napa Valley has no shortage of courage or commitment.

Courage, commitment, an entrepreneurial spirit and a healthy measure of graciousness best describe Darioush Khaledi, who founded his namesake winery in Napa Valley in 1997. When asked to reflect on his dual vision to make world class wines from Southern Napa Valley and to elevate the standard of winery guest experience he says ‘well, I chose the path less travelled and hope to have made a lot of people happy along the journey.’

Indeed, Darioush’s path was the one less travelled.  In the late 1990’s, while the focus was on northern Napa Valley, Darioush and his winemaker Steve Devitt focused intently on site selection and cooler, maritime-influenced microclimates of Southern Napa Valley and atop Mount Veeder. Together, they saw the potential of Bordeaux varieties grown from these unique, more temperate sites in crafting balanced wines with deep character, grace, complexity and poise.

Early vintages of their flagship release, Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon were applauded by critics, capturing a coveted spot on Wine Spectator’s top 100 list and Decanter’s highest recommendations list and continue to garner praise for their style and distinction.  The 2013 vintage will be their 17th together, the portfolio has expanded to include small lots of  Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

As world travellers themselves, Darioush and Shahpar Khaledi’s vision is echoed in a deep commitment to hospitality at the winery estate off of Napa’s Silverado Trail. Together, they have carried out their ideals of taking each guest on a journey.  Taking cues from their Persian heritage, a visit to the winery calls on centuries-old traditions of going beyond one’s means to make guests feel more at home than home itself.  Culturally curious explorers, those preferring the road less travelled will be enlightened by the Culture of Wine Lunch, an exploration of winecraft through the millennia hosted by the resident Wine Historian.

Now well into the second decade since the winery’s founding, Darioush is synonymous with wines and experiences worthy of the world stage. Darioush’s carefully crafted wines possess gravitas, and they are the standard bearer for winery hospitality in the Napa Valley.

Darioush is a destination, with a variety of tasting experiences designed to share their worldly perspective.  We recommend reserving in advance by visiting darioush.com, or call to speak with one of their Concierges at +1 707 257 2345.

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