Hope Goldie is our master of a thousand decisions. Hope oversees all oenology and wine production operations; she carries on the meticulous attention paid in the vineyard into the cellar, laboratory and crush pad. Her work is in the fine tuning – lot by lot, she applies her vast knowledge of fermentation science, sensory chemistry, viticulture and enology.
Hope's dream of becoming a winemaker formed in childhood, working alongside her father in Washington making Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Carignan and was crystallized under the tutelage of sensory chemist Ann Noble at UC Davis. As her lead grad student, the California Department of Food & Agriculture sponsored Hope’s quantitative microbiology thesis work on Botrytis cineria. Her subsequent responsibilities as a Brewer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and in cellar operations and oenology at Opus One and other fine estates throughout Napa Valley strengthened her desire to make exceptional, high-end Bordeaux blends.
Hope joined Darioush as our Enologist in 2005 and continued her contributions as Winemaker alongside Darioush's founding Winemaker, Steve Devitt, for ten years before being promoted to Director of Winemaking beginning with the 2018 vintage. Today, Hope continues to oversee all aspects of winemaking at Darioush and extends her expertise as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Enology and Viticulture.
Country born: United States
Education: M.S. in Food Science and Technology/Enology, University of California, Davis, 1998 B.A. History, Earlham College, 1990.
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
I’m an advocate of site-expressive, varietally correct wines. My approach is to remain as hands-off as possible, allowing the vineyard to shine through in the finished wine.