Named after it’s founder, Darioush Khaledi, but also after the Persian King Darius I, Darioush is a cultural experience for the senses. Founded in 1997 by Darioush and Shahpar Khaledi, this Iranian inspired abode is one to visit for all art, architecture and wine lovers. Located on the Silverado Trail in the southern part of Napa, Darioush is comprised of 120 acres throughout the Mount Veeder and Oak Knoll AVA’s.
The majestic entrance to the winery, inspired by Iran’s ancient capital, Persepolis, sets the tone for a visit filled with Persian hospitality. This hospitality invites its guests to explore all of the history and curiosities the winery has to offer. From its pristine grounds and vineyards to their beautiful tasting room and cellars, Darioush is a heritage rich, dream of a winery.
Although you could leave the winery fulfilled after exploring the grounds and taking in the architecture, it is their wines that make you want to stay. The wines, influenced by the cooler microclimates of southern Napa Valley, showcase fresh structured fruit and are beautifully balanced. One of our favorites was their 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon which we found to be a great steward of the phenomenal growing season Napa experienced that year. A fun fact that we found interesting was how they use Shiraz instead of Syrah in naming their wines of this varietal to pay respect to the most well known wine region in Iran.
A tasting in their cellar or at any of their beautiful spaces is an experience we encourage wine lovers to seek while exploring Napa. During our stay we enjoyed the Fine Wines and Artisan Cheeses tasting experience, which paired 4 of their wines with 4 unique cheeses from small purveyors, and loved it. If you decide to make Darioush one of your stops when visiting The Valley make sure to give yourself extra time to explore the grounds and take pictures of this magical property.