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A brief history

Hailed decades earlier as a “jewel of ecological elements” by legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff, DAOU Mountain was rediscovered by brothers Georges Daou and Daniel Daou in 2007.
Then known as Hoffman Mountain Ranch, the property produced notable wines and was widely considered the birthplace of modern winemaking in Paso Robles. However, its full potential lay unfulfilled for more than 30 years.

After years of searching, their worldwide quest for a sublime terroir ended here, on steep slopes that ascend to an elevation of 2,200 feet, all blessed with the type of calcareous clay soil found in the greatest appellations. Under the brothers’ stewardship, the Adelaida District would soon become the world’s newest benchmark for Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varietals.

DAOU is the culmination of the brothers’ shared dream. Through their vision and perseverance, it’s served as a catalyst for the entire Paso Robles region’s rise on the global wine scene, taking the industry by storm, challenging conventions and changing the paradigm of what a wine company can be.
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Established in 2007

2777 Hidden Mountain Road
United States, California




Meet The Team

  • Daniel J. Daou

    Daniel J. Daou, the co-proprietor of DAOU Family Estates
    in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles, is a renowned
    winemaker known for creating the luxury Cabernet
    revolution in Paso Robles.

    Growing up the larger part of his childhood in France,
    Daniel developed a love for wine at a very young age.
    He immigrated to California to attend the University of
    California San Diego where he earned a Bachelor of
    Science degree in Computer Engineering. At the young
    age of 21 years old, he co-founded DAOU Systems with
    his brother which became the leader in Hospital Systems
    Integration within 10 years. After taking his company
    public in 1997 and having it be the 5th best performing
    IPO that year, he decided to retire to pursue his dream of
    becoming a winemaker.

    Daniel is a true visionary who saw the immense potential
    of Paso Robles and the legendary terroir on what is now
    DAOU Mountain. A trained engineer with an artistic eye
    and palate, Daniel’s highly rated and revered wines have
    been declared by the world’s foremost wine critics as
    “rivaling the best wines in the world”.

    Daniel is the first and only winemaker to receive 100 points
    on Bordeaux varieties in the Paso Robles region. With the
    highest scoring Cabernet Sauvignon in the Central Coast
    region, Daniel’s track record of impeccable quality in the
    fine wine world continues to garner accolades from both
    critics and consumers alike. Consistently scoring at the
    top of peer-to-peer rated apps, the swell of support for
    Daniel and his wines has extraordinary momentum and
    the wines are allocated in all channels.

    Daniel truly believes in the Paso Robles region, and
    founded the Paso Robles CAB Collective, a grassroot,
    non-profit organization of winemakers designed with the
    belief that the Paso Robles AVA can produce wines that
    are worthy of international acclaim and able to rival the
    best Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world.

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