Darcie Kent Vineyards
Established in 1996, Darcie Kent Vineyards is a 100% women-owned winery in the San Francisco Bay’s Livermore Valley region of the Mt. Diablo Highlands. Fifth generation vintner/artist Darcie Kent and Hungarian-born winemaker Julian Halasz work in unison to handcraft small lot, single vineyard wines from sustainably farmed, family-owned vineyards along the Central Coast. Darcie and her daughters Kailyn and Amanda proudly carry on their family tradition. Like her great grandfather before her, Darcie uses her original art for her wine labels and strives to capture the unique spirit of each vineyard and its owner in her breathtakingly beautiful labels that grace each bottle. In early 2013, Darcie and her two daughters acquired the current Estate Winery on Tesla Road and began a state-of-the-art renovation. Since that time, more than 20 of our estate grown Livermore Valley wines have scored 90+ points in the Wine Enthusiast magazine placing Darcie Kent amongst the top three wineries in our region. Darcie Kent is a fully self-sufficient winery with sustainable grape growing, fermentation, barrel aging, bottling and cellar door sales all on site.
Meet the Winemaker
Our winemaker, Julian Halasz, has been making wines with Darcie Kent since 2004. Julian was born in Hungary, and comes from a long line of Hungarian winemakers who focus on crafting elegant, food-friendly wines.
Trained in Europe, Julian came to California to pursue a Masters in Enology at Fresno State, where he fell in love with the vineyards of Livermore Valley and never left. Julian is a resource and mentor to many winemakers across the Mt. Diablo Highlands. We believe that our wine country’s future, is dependent on our mission to foster local talent.
"I've been making wines for nearly 40 years and still find things that are new in this ancient trade. This is the type of work that is different through the year and between vintages, and never gets old... the bottom line is that everything can be done world-class; you just need to learn how." - Julian