Darioush Khaledi grew up in Iran’s wine country. From early childhood, Khaledi had a great love of wine. One of his father’s hobbies was winemaking, and Darioush would sneak sips out of the barrels when no one was around.
In the late 1970’s Khaledi immigrated to California, where he lived out the American dream. Khaledi and his brother-in-law bought a downtrodden grocery store in Los Angeles, and turned it into a multimillion dollar company with over 1,500 employees.
The fruit that is used to produce Darioush’s wine is estate grown in their 63 acre vineyard. They are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Shiraz, Malbec, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Viognier.
The winery produces estate wines under the Darioush Napa Valley label. These include the Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Signature Merlot, Signature Chardonnay, Signature Shiraz, Signature Pinot Noir, Signature Viognier, Library Red Wine, and Shahpar Late Harvest (Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc).
Steve Devitt manages all of the winemaking and vineyard duties at Darioush. Devitt and Darioush employ a minimalist approach to winemaking, allowing the fruit’s true varietal characteristics to show through. The winery hand harvests and hand sorts each grape cluster prior to crush in order to maintain the highest level of quality control.