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DAOU Vineyards Tasting Room Exterior. Views of Vineyards and mountains.

Unearth Unique Flavors at DAOU Vineyards in Paso Robles

By Published On: March 28th, 2023

Breathtaking scenery, delectable wines and thrilling adventures await you.

Are you looking for a wine-tasting experience that’s extraordinary? Look no further than DAOU Vineyards & Winery in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles, California. This stunning property has been home to some of the most fantastic winemaking experiences, offering visitors a chance to enjoy great wine and immerse themselves in this incredible region’s culture and history.

DAOU Vineyards tasting room.
Inside the tasting room. Photo Courtesy: DAOU Vineyards.

From breathtaking views overlooking vine-covered hillsides to exclusive tastings tailored perfectly for any palate, your experience at DAOU leaves you with everlasting memories. So treat yourself to an unforgettable journey among the vines at DAOU Vineyards, a paradise dedicated to wine lovers!

DAOU Vineyards seating area with vineyard and Mountain View.
Seating areas with gorgeous views while enjoying food and wine offerings. Photo Courtesy: DAOU Vineyards.

Discover the Magic of DAOU Wines

DAOU offers a variety of wine tastings, ranging from a standard tasting to more in-depth experiences. Guests can sample world-class Bordeaux varietals, including the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon Soul of a Lion, Reserve Rosé, Estate Chardonnay, and Eye of the Falcon Reserve. 

DAOU Vineyards Tasting room exterior and wine bottle.
Tasting Room and Soul of a Lion Cabernet Sauvignon. Photo Courtesy: DAOU Vineyards.

Learn, Explore and Enjoy: Take a Vineyard Tour

The winery offers guided tours of the vineyards, where guests can learn about the winemaking process and the unique terroir of DAOU Mountain. For adventurous wine lovers, guests can book a trip through the vineyard in a Polaris off-road vehicle and experience a private barrel tasting.

DAOU Vineyards ATV experience through vineyard.
Hidden Mountain Experience. Photo Courtesy: DAOU Vineyards.

Elevate Your Wine Tasting with Perfect Accompaniments

DAOU offers a range of food pairings from the Lebanese-inspired menu to complement the wines and enhance the tasting experience. Generous culinary options include oysters, cheese & charcuterie, pan-seared scallops, oysters, salads, desserts and more.

DAOU Vineyards food and wine pairing.
Culinary options. Photo Courtesy: DAOU Vineyards.

From Tragedy to Triumph: The Story of the Daou Brothers

DAOU was established in 2007 by two brothers, Georges and Daniel Daou. Theirs is an inspiring tale of the American Dream, starting with a heartbreaking chapter in Lebanon. When they were small boys, a bomb exploded on the street outside their house, and both brothers, along with their sisters, Marie Jo and Michelle, were gravely injured. After months in the hospital, they were finally allowed to return home.

“When something happens like that, you learn not to be afraid of anything,” said Georges. “My brother, Daniel, and I have a trauma bond, and we have always helped one another to achieve our dreams.”

Brothers Georges & Daniel Dao at Daou Vineyards.
Brothers Georges & Daniel Daou. Photo Courtesy: DAOU Vineyards.

Part of their dream was to establish a winery. This inspiration came when their parents emigrated from war-torn Lebanon to France. Before moving to Provence, the family lived in Paris, where the brothers were immersed in food and wine. Georges remembers how much his father enjoyed savoring a beautiful Bordeaux.

To finance their dream of owning a winery, the two brothers pursued an education in America. Little did they know that this would be just the beginning for them! Both Georges and Daniel graduated from U.C. San Diego, where they studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. Shortly after college, they launched DAOU Systems, a networking technology company for the healthcare industry. It sold in 1997. 

Planting Roots in Paso Robles

The brothers searched for the best place to start their winery. First, they considered France and Italy, but eventually struck gold when they discovered the Adelaida District, one of the few places in California with calcareous soil, a combination of limestone and clay found in some of the most excellent Bordeaux and Burgundy vineyards.

DAOU Vineyards and mountain.
Vineyard. Photo Courtesy: DAOU Vineyards.

“When I first laid eyes on the mountain in Paso Robles, I knew immediately that this was it,” said Daniel. The region had the exact soil, slopes, climate, and elevation they sought.

DAOU Vineyards mountain.
DAOU Mountain. Photo Courtesy: DAOU Vineyards.

“We started planting DAOU Mountain in 2007. At the time, Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles was not well-recognized, despite every indication that our soils and climate had vast potential. However, we believed in it from the beginning. As a result, one of our proudest achievements has been to champion the now worldwide reputation of outstanding Cabernet and other Bordeaux varieties from our region.”

DAOU Vineyards entryway.
DAOU archway. Photo Courtesy: DAOU Vineyards.

Taste What Makes DAOU Extraordinary

Georges and Daniel believe the mountain is a source of power, transforming everyday raindrops and roots into extraordinary wines that unite friends for decades.

DAOU Vineyards mountain with clouds above.
DAOU Mountain. Photo Courtesy: DAOU Vineyards.

They want each guest’s experience at DAOU to be as memorable as their vintages – where everyone leaves feeling like part of the family! 

Life is all about finding and sharing your gift for these two brothers. By collaborating, they have crafted a vibrant mosaic of possibilities – offering consumers the chance to dream up and experience an unforgettable journey through wine.

Guests sipping wine at DAOU Vineyards.
Sipping wine while enjoying gorgeous mountain views. Photo Courtesy: DAOU Vineyards.

“I believe that America is the only country in the world today to challenge us to live our dreams,” said Georges. “American consumers inspire companies to constantly strive for more; Daniel and I have experienced this throughout our careers. We make great wines for our consumers, and in return, they keep making our journey as winegrowers a dream come true.”

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