The Connected Table at Sante Magazine Vol. 25 No. 05

Family & Fortitude: Delia & Alan Viader- Viader Winery

Delia Viader has a Ph.d from the Sorbonne, a business degree from M.I.T. and studied enology at UC Davis. The single mother of four created Viader Vineyards & Winery in Napa to produce small lot Bordeaux blend wines.


Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Delia Viader is the founder of the family-run Viader Vineyards & Winery, located on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. Established in 1986, Viader produces critically acclaimed small-lot Bordeaux blends. Viader’s first bottled vintage was 1989 with 1200 cases. Its 1997 vintage was named #2 in The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines. The following year, Viader’s 1998 red blend was ranked #3.

Viader Winery is located in a remote area on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley.
This area is know for producing outstanding Bordeaux blend wines.

The national recognition for her limited production wines created significant demand and offered a bright future for Viader. But in 2005, an offsite wine warehouse fire set by an arsonist wiped out Viader’s entire 2003 vintage and caused irreparable damage. Delia resorted to selling wine futures to help cover the loss. Thankfully, her loyal clientele stepped up. Today, Viader continues to have a faithful following and thrives as one of Napa’s most respected estate wineries.

Delia Viader and son and winemaker, Alan Viader, discuss Viader’s vision and wines on The Connected Table Live hosted by Melanie Young and David Ransom. Follow on Instagram@theconnectedtable

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Delia Viader with her son and co-winemaker, Alan Viader
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An engaging speaker and writer, Melanie Young hosts the weekly national radio shows, The Connected Table Live, featuring conversations with global thought leaders in wine, food, spirits and hospitality (a Feedspot Top 10 Food & Drink Podcasts for 2021), and Fearless Fabulous You, a lifestyle show for and about women (both on iHeart and more than 30 other podcast platforms). Young has contributed articles on wine, spirits, food, and culinary travel to Wine Enthusiast, Seven Fifty Daily, Wine4Food and Jewish Week. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Wine Media Guild, and Women of the Vine & Spirits. Young’s former marketing and events agency, M Young Communications, worked with global wine, food organizations, publishing companies and nonprofits. She had an integral role in the creation, launch and management of The James Beard Foundation Awards, New York Restaurant Week, and Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund (2001) which raised funds to provide for the families of restaurant workers killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks. Instagram @theconnectedtable

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