Family owned and operated, DAOU Family Estates is committed to producing collectible, world-class wines to rival the most respected appellations in the world. Situated on a 212-acre hilltop estate, our remarkable geology, favorable microclimate, and 2,200 feet elevation were once described by renowned California winemaker André Tchelistcheff as “a jewel of ecological elements.” As stewards of this beautiful terroir, the Daou brothers’ vision is to produce California “first-growth” wine, fulfilling the Adelaida District’s destiny as the world’s next benchmark for Bordeaux varieties.
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
2017 Estate Soul of a Lion, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, 97 Points