Paso Robles, CA [July 27, 2023] – DAOU Vineyards is proud to announce that it has won the prestigious 2023 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Winery Tasting Room. Rising from the heart of the Adelaida district in the rugged coastal range west of Paso Robles, DAOU Mountain has become a sought-after destination for wine lovers for its stunning location, exceptional hospitality, and world-class wine, including its signature Bordeaux-style blends. Founded by brothers Georges and Daniel Daou, DAOU has proudly created an emotional connection with wine enthusiasts and fostered a community that extends beyond the wine itself. This recognition highlights their “people-first” approach to hospitality that has fueled their commitment to providing an exceptional wine-tasting experience to visitors from around the world.
The USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards celebrate outstanding destinations, attractions, and experiences. The “Best Winery Tasting Room” category showcases wineries that offer exceptional wines, outstanding service, and an inviting ambiance. A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined digitally over four weeks by popular vote. DAOU Vineyards placed first overall.
“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who voted for DAOU in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards,” said Georges Daou, Co-Proprietor of DAOU Family Estates. “This recognition motivates us to continue pushing the boundaries of excellence and offering unparalleled wine experiences. We invite wine lovers and enthusiasts to visit DAOU Mountain and experience the magic for themselves.”
“We are thrilled and deeply honored to receive the Best Winery Tasting Room Award,'” added Daniel Daou, Winemaker and Proprietor of DAOU Family Estates. “This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team, who strive to provide an unforgettable experience for our guests daily.”
DAOU Mountain rises dramatically above the Coastal Range with breathtaking views at the highest elevations of any winery in Paso Robles. Designed to highlight the winery’s expansive 212-acre terroir and vistas in the Adelaida Hills, the DAOU tasting room features an inviting Spanish colonial architecture that celebrates California’s history. The DAOU tasting room staff are passionate about the wines and eager to share their knowledge with guests. From guided tours of the vineyards, where wine lovers can learn about the winemaking process and family legacy, to an off-road adventure across the mountain to experience a private barrel tasting, DAOU Mountain offers an immersive journey into the world of wine, creating lasting memories for all who visit. Visitors to the winery can indulge in a range of tastings, where they will experience the passion and expertise that goes into every bottle, including Estate Soul of a Lion, Reserve Rosé, Estate Chardonnay, and Discovery Sauvignon Blanc, among others. To complement the tasting experience, DAOU offers a range of food pairings inspired by the family’s Lebanese background, including farm-to-table cheese plates and charcuterie.
Founded in 2007, DAOU has become renowned for its world-class wines, including its critically acclaimed flagship Cabernet Sauvignon Soul of a Lion. From the very beginning, Georges and Daniel’s motto, “Live the Dream, Come to Paso,” has reflected their love for championing the region’s future while honoring its past. The Daou brothers came to Paso Robles with a vision to accelerate the region’s potential for ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varieties, by capitalizing on the unique soils, altitude, and cooling Pacific influences. DAOU is a founding member of the Paso Robles CAB Collective; the region is now the second-largest grower of Cabernet Sauvignon in California with a top-tier reputation for quality. DAOU Vineyards’ award-winning tasting room welcomes guests by appointment only seven days a week, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, please visit www.daouvineyards.com/tasting-experiences.