Darioush was founded by Darioush Khaledi, who grew up in Iran’s Shiraz winemaking region. His father made wine as a hobby and when Darioush immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1970s he turned his interest into collecting wine toward the idea of having a wine estate. After a career owning and running a grocery store chain in Southern California, Darioush created an estate on the Silverado Trail with vineyard appellations in Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder and Oak Knoll. The 22,000 square foot winery is modeled after ancient Persian monumental architecture. Darioush makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir and a dessert wine.