Viader: The Mother of Invention in Napa Valley

By Kelly Mitchell

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It was 2001 and Delia Viader’s 1997 vintage of  VIADER, the winery’s flagship red blend would be singled out as California’s sole wine to make it in to the top 10 of the top 100 list.

Diminutive and slight, its difficult to imagine Delia Viader taking on Napa Valley with her namesake, Viader Vineyards, in the early 80’s. But take it on she did. Dominated by testosterone & tradition, Napa Valley was a man’s realm. There were few women (if any) starting up a winery and doing their own farming and winemaking.


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