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Awards & Accolades

What they are saying about DAOU Vineyards

“The Daou brothers continue to focus on Bordeaux varieties from their estate that’s located high up off of Peachy Canyon Road. Across the board, these wines show fantastic purity of fruit, excellent concentration, and rich, textured personalities that never seem heavy or over-the-top. These are highly recommended and show the quality that’s possible from Bordeaux varieties in Paso Robles.”
Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014 

 “I cannot be more impressed with what Daniel and  Georges have created at DAOU. Their vision of  stewardship of this historic property is completely hands  on and passionate. Their research, execution, and  commitment to excellence is reflected throughout the  vineyards and winery. The wines are outstanding and the  Cabernet Sauvignon is nothing short of superb. This is a  project in its nascence with a brilliant future.”
 Frederick L. Dame, Master Sommelier

 “The Daou brothers’ considerable and continual  investments is evidence that their wines will matter for  years, ensuring a wise investment today.” 
 Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast 

Created and run by Georges and Daniel Daou, this is an exciting new estate that’s located high up off of Adelaida Road, at an elevation of 2,200 feet. Focusing on Bordeaux blends and pulling primarily from their estate vineyards, some of which are just now coming on line, this is a no expense-spared operation and they’re producing first-class wines. 
Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2013

“What’s new?” is a question whose answer has seemed an obsession of food and wine lovers for as long as we can recall; sometimes, we think, to the point of overshadowing the far more important question of “what’s really good?” Our “Winery of the Year” honoree for 2013, Daou Vineyards & Winery is, however, both new and extraordinarily good. In only a few years, Daou has established itself as not only one of the most significant producers in Paso Robles, but a winery whose astonishing breadth of successes has justifiably earned it a place among the very best in the state.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, December 2013

Quotes from our customers who have adopted our wines and are currently serving them in their establishments:

“The wines of DAOU Vineyards are romantic and enchanting, reminiscent of an old world tradition with a new world passion. Daniel Daou is an innovative and charismatic winemaker that has captured the essence of Rioja and the grace of Rhone. There is a new Prince in Paso.”
Eric Brehm, Sommelier/Asst Maitre D’ for El Bizcocho restaurant in Rancho Bernardo, California
“…the wines are both well balanced and high quality. Most wines at that price point don’t offer the quality and balance that DAOU does.”
Gary Bullers, Regional Manager for Southern California Morton’s Steakhouses
"The wines of DAOU Vineyards, one of the new breed of California wine producers, show not only beautiful structure and depth but also a silky quality and respect for the terroir. I am featuring them in my restaurants and my customers and I have been enjoying their pleasing character.”
Bertrand Hug, Owner of Mille Fleurs of Rancho Santa Fe and Mister A’s in San Diego, California
“DAOU Vineyards is already at the forefront of the next great wine growing region of California in Paso Robles and will be setting the future standards there with their wines. Daniel Daou has a vision with his winemaking style that blends classic old world values with new world techniques.”
Mark N. Thomas, Director of Wine for the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
“What first impresses the taster about the wines is the extraction and intensity; however, the tannins are surprisingly soft; the restrained use of oak adding more character and structure - and we arrive at wines that are graceful and an impressive work of art. Daniel Daou with his first release has impressed me with his mastery of the craft. Not only has he immediately shown himself to be a front runner; he has shown himself to be the first in a next generation of wine superstars.”
Robert Vance Cross, C.W.E and 1990 Sommelier of the Year by California Restaurant Writers Association as well as Wine judge at Los Angeles County Fair for over 10 years.
“It’s easy to have power in California wines, especially Paso Robles; but having balance is the challenge and Daniel Daou appears to be doing that with Daou Vineyards.”
Paul Ellis, Wine Director for Aquaknox in Las Vegas, Nevada
“In DAOU Vineyards, I see the future of California; I feel these wines have transcended the competition because they are not fruit-driven, commercially-driven, or alcohol-driven products - these are elegant, intelligent wines that you find once or twice in your life. These wines continue to amaze me.”
Scott Rubenstein, Sommelier, Charlie Palmer Restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada
“DAOU Cabernet is artfully crafted, magnificently balanced and a great addition to our restaurant.”
Kurt Kennedy, Owner of Bernick’s Steakhouse in Paso Robles, California
“When is a first release so good that your mouth waters in anticipation for the main estate to release its future vintages? When it is DAOU Vineyards, that is! I’m staking my reputation right now and predicting that Daniel Daou will lead Paso Robles into international prominence with his soon-to-be world class Daou Vineyard offerings. Humble, energetic and charismatic, Daniel has spared no expense in his quest to establish his Daou Vineyards winery as the premier estate in Paso. Having had the opportunity to personally taste the entire lineup of the wines, including those in barrel, I knew this was a winning group of wines we needed in our establishment. Welcome to the wine world Daniel!”
Greg Schroeder, Partner of top performer retail wine store Amazing Grapes in Orange County, California
“DAOU wines, handcrafted by Daniel Daou, are big and explosive with layers of dark fruit that go on and on. The structure and balance are extraordinary but my favorite component is the beautiful mouth feel that makes these wines so food friendly. We will continue to support such passionate winemaking as we try to provide the finest things in the world to our guests.”
Dean Wachstetter, Food and Beverage director for the Stratosphere restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada
“At Buena Tavola in Paso Robles, DAOU Vineyards' cabernet is a wine that is welcomed and enjoyed by everyone in an area full of great wines. It just stands out because it's such a great wine!"
Christian Mandarino, General Manager of Buena Tavola in Paso Robles, California
“It has become exceedingly rare these days to find a new label that makes wine with a soul rather than some vacuous marketing campaign that appeals to everyone and no one. Alternatively, the wines of Daou Vineyards offer ripe fruit notes and an approach ability that is immediately appealing to casual enthusiasts. But after a second or third sip one is suddenly confronted with a remarkable elegance and poise that would make even the most serious aficionado take note. Given Daniel Daou’s passion and dedication to making great wine there is no doubt that with each successive vintage DAOU will eventually give even the most renowned estates a run for their money.”
Mark Valin, Wine director for the Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, California
"DAOU wines are some of the top wines that come out of Paso Robles. Our guests also really enjoy their Zinfandel that we pour by the glass as it adds richness to their meal.”
Robert Chachere, General Manager for Louis’ Las Vegas, Nevada
“Though DAOU Vineyards is somewhat a new player to the Paso Robles area, they are producing some of the best and most drinkable wines I have tasted. Once you have experienced one of these remarkable wines you will easily become of fan.”
Phyllis Villalpando, Food and Beverage director for the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, California
“DAOU...the most exciting wines we’ve tasted from California.”
Pasquale, Owner of Pasquale and Bryan Adams, Sommelier for Pasquale Del Mar, California
“Saveur by DAOU is one of the best Petite Sirah blends I have tasted this year. We have added it to our wine list and it has been received extremely well.”
Antoine Maalouf, Food and Beverage director for the Carmel Valley Ranch, California
“I love introducing the DAOU VIneyards “Saveur” to my guests because it always blows them away. The wine has such a smooth and rich mouth feel, with lots of dark fruit, and great balance. It’s a great compliment to our sizzling steaks.”
Bobby Daitch, General Manager for Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Del Mar, California
“Daniel Daou appreciates fine wines made in traditional Old World Style. Such wines are first and foremost made in the vineyard with exacting viticultural standards then completed in the winery by a winemaker who lets the fruit speak for itself. Daniel Daou's wines show depth and complexity with a perfect balance of fruit, acid and alcohol. DAOU wines are ready to be matched with a wonderful meal today but will also age beautifully and gracefully for years to come. I look forward to DAOU Estate bottlings and the opportunity to offer them to our guests."
Jim Parker, Wine Director for the Barrel Room Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro, Rancho Bernado, California