How Delia Viader Challenged Conventional Wisdom and Came Out On Top!
Today’s episode of Grape Encounters introduces you to one of the very finest producers of Bordeaux Varietal in the Napa Valley… and frankly, in the world. For more than 30 years, Delia Viader, founder of Viader Vineyards and Winery, has been a trailblazer among the Napa Valley winemaking community, forging new frontiers in the arenas of female leadership, vineyard design, sustainable farming and ultra-premium winemaking.
Born in Argentina, raised in Europe, and receiving a degree from the Sorbonne in France, Delia’s passion to learn brought her to California; a single mother of four with an entrepreneurial spirit that would eventually lead to a career she could never have imagined.
Enamored by the quiet, yet up and coming energy of the Napa Valley in the 80’s, it was along the steep, rocky volcanic slopes of Howell Mountain that Delia entertained the radical idea of pursuing her own vineyard. Thanks to the support and encouragement of her father, who served as Argentina’s Ambassador to France, Delia not only dreamed big, but also figured out how to bring those dreams to life.
ViaderAs one of the first female winemakers in the Napa Valley, Delia Viader was also one of the first vintners in the region to plant her vines vertically up and down the hillside, as opposed to California’s typical horizontal terracing. Delia was also one of the first in Napa to tackle and successfully showcase Cabernet Franc as a deserving blending companion with Napa’s King, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Today’s VIADER operation is a genuine family affair, with active second generation participation in vineyard management, winemaking, sales and marketing. Accordingly, we were so pleased to have Delia’s son Alan, who serves as Winemaker, join us in a joyful discussion of how Viader became one of America’s most respected names in winemaking.
Join Host David Wilson and his guests Delia and Alan Viader as they explore the remarkable challenges and success of Viader Vineyards and Winery!
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