It was 1988 when the Azari family first chanced upon what has become Azari Vineyards. The Iranian-born couple, Kamal and Parichehr, were taking a small drive north from their home in Marin county to show their two children Sonoma county and its fabled greenery. With one look, the couple heard the land whisper to them; although it was only a humble lot of untilled land, the small parcel sang of infinite possibilities.
Twenty-five years later, the two children have been joined by a third, the small parcel has been transformed to a magnificent vineyard, and the Azaris have long called this estate their home; yet Kamal and Parichehr still hear the same song they did the day they first gazed upon the rolling, fog-swept hills. Together with their daughter Pari and American-born sons Kaveh and Cyrus, the Azaris have created a cross-cultural oasis on their lush, secluded vineyard estate.
As in all aspects of their lives, the Azaris’ winemaking approach is steeped in a Persian heritage of hospitality and appreciation for nature’s simplicity. Pinot Noir vines planted in the Pacific Maritime stream of the Petaluma Gap were an obvious choice, but they also decided to add a secondary crop of cool-climate Shiraz, harkening back to Kamal’s family roots in Shiraz, Iran.