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Persian inspired winery architecture in the Napa Valley
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
One of Napa Valley’s most visually stunning wineries, 22,000-square-foot Darioush evokes Persepolis, the great Persian capital of ancient times. The winery is a graceful gathering of monumental freestanding columns, yellow travertine stone, fountains, lush gardens, and even an amphitheatre for events and performances.
Yet the architecture, with its clean and lean lines, maintains a modern sensibility. Inside, the visitor center is dazzling, a wide-open space filled with vibrant color, big marble columns, comfortable and modern Italian leather couches, gorgeous art, and a cascading fall of water.
Owner Darioush Khaledi grew up in one of Iran’s premier wine-growing regions, Shiraz, and consequently developed a passion for wine at an early age. Arriving in Southern California in the early 1970s, he purchased a grocery store and spent the next few decades transforming it into a grocery empire.
When he turned his attention to making wine, his goal was simple: producing the best wines in the most beautiful setting possible.
The travertine stone used in the winery comes from the same quarry that provided the stone that built Persepolis centuries ago.
Amenities: Winemaker dinners. Concierge service. Art exhibits. Gift shop.