Proprietor/National Sales
Aram Deirmenjian comes from a family with a 30-year history of California grape growing and in fact, grew up working in the vineyard. After attending college, he left California for New York working in project management for a division of Honeywell. He eventually established his own life safety systems firm. Business boomed after the events of 9/11, but his life outlook changed simultaneously, as did his wife Patti’s, and they looked outside the city for a less stressful lifestyle.

An apple farm in Vermont seemed to be the perfect answer, so Aram sold his share of the firm to his partner, and he and Patti made plans to leave New York. During this time, Aram’s client and good friend, Greg Johnson of the Kiamie family, came to them with a plan to move to California and start a winery.  They realized that their end goal of a better lifestyle would still be met, Aram could draw on his early vineyard experiences, and they'd be closer to family.

Greg and Aram traveled all over California, and happened upon Paso Robles when driving from Aram’s family’s vineyard to Napa Valley. Aram was surprised to see a thriving town and wine industry where he remembered only a highway interchange before. They decided this was the place, packed up and moved to Paso Robles. In order to get a new hands-on understanding of the business, Aram took a job at Halter Ranch. He worked in the vineyard with Mitch Wyss, in the tasting room with Leslie Wyss, and in the cellar with winemaker Steve Glossner.

Aram is now fully enjoying living in California, and is working hard to put Kiamie Wine Cellars on the wine industry map as a premier Paso Robles winery.