In 2007, brothers Georges Daou and Daniel Daou set forth across California to find an unrivaled terroir for producing Cabernet Sauvignon, a quest that led them to a place of foretold greatness: DAOU Mountain in the Adelaida District. Here, their vision is to make California “first growth” wine, fulfilling the district’s promise as the world’s next benchmark for Bordeaux varieties; Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.
DAOU Mountain stands alone at an elevation of 2,200 feet, rising from the heart of the rugged coastal range west of Paso Robles. The mountain’s calcareous clay soils are comparable to St. Emilion, while its temperate climate closely mirrors St. Helena, Napa. This providential confluence of elements produces wines of elegance, immensity and length. Experience DAOU at our mountaintop estate, where you will enjoy an above-the-clouds view that one veteran wine critic called “a candidate for one of the top 10 most beautiful vineyard vistas in the world.”
Here, you may create your own curated itinerary, from tasting flights to wine pairings featuring fresh, seasonal cuisine prepared by our culinary team. Additional options include hosted educational wine pairings with artisanal cheeses as well as charcuterie. We also invite you to stroll our grounds and savor the panoramic ambiance of our estate vineyard and olive groves, all set amid a majestic backdrop of mountain ranges and woodland wilderness. Welcome to the sanctuary of DAOU Mountain.
The DAOU estate vineyard spans 112 acres on DAOU Mountain at 2,200 feet above sea level, in the heart of the coastal range just 14 miles from the ocean. Here, calcareous soils are pitched along slopes reaching nearly 60 degrees. These distinct growing conditions converge to create a terroir of symmetry, power and purity.
First Date Planted: 2008
Last Date Planted: 2016
Row Orientations: East-West, North-South
Row Spacings: 6x3, 6.5x3, 8x4
Trellis Type: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning)
Rootstock: 420A, 1103P
Irrigated/Dry Farmed: Mostly Dry Farmed depending on the year.
Soil Types: Calcareous Clay
Slope Description: 28-56% (that's percent - not degrees)
Aspect: South, Southeast, Southwest
Harvest Method: Hand-picked
Press & Accolades
Aug 2016 | Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, August 2016