The vineyards of Dominus Estate have connections to the past that date back to the mid 1850’s, or even earlier when it was first planted. At the time, it was known as the Napanook vineyard.
The beginning of the modern era for the estate starts when the vineyard was purchased by John Daniels. John Daniels remains one of the true pioneers in Napa Valley for his efforts during the 1940’s, due to his time at the famous Inglenook estate. The next part in the tale of Dominus Estate begins in the late 1960’s. At the time, Christian Moueix was better known for his work in Pomerol with family owned properties like, Petrus, Chateau Trotanoy and Chateau La Fleur Petrus when was a student at UC Davis in 1968 and 1969. By the time 1982 rolled around, Christian Moueix formed a partnership with Robin Lail and Marcia Smith, the daughters of the well-known and respected John Daniels. Robin and Marcia inherited the vineyards from their father that were to become Dominus Estate. The new trio’s debut vintage took place the following year in 1983.