This may interest some of you.
Found little bit of old Persia in California’s Napa Valley where you may sample the Shiraz amongst other wines made
by a Persian named Darioush Khaledi of Shiraz.
One such synthesis of wine and art is Darioush Winery. It was founded in 1997 by Iranian born, Darioush Khaledi. He grew up in Shiraz, one of Iran’s prominent wine-growing regions and some theorize it may be the origin of the Syrah/Shiraz grape. His father was a hobby wine maker and so he grew up around wine.
Darioush was formerly trained as a civil engineer and had a career in construction. He left Iran in the late 1970’s and emigrated to Southern California where he was faced with the challenge of starting a new career. Darioush and his brother-in-law pooled their resources and purchased a failing grocery store in the city of Los Angeles. Thirty years later they nowoperate 25 stores, with 6 operating under the “Top Valu Market” (KVmartco) name with a traditional supermarket format and they employ over 1,500 people.
Darioush estate vineyards consists of ninety-five acres located in the Napa Valley, the Oak Knoll District and Mt. Veeder that are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay and Viognier. Luxurious tours of the area are offered, the limo tours generally last all day so come prepared to enjoy a whole day of wine and grapes.
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