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Our Roots

Spreading joy & fueling connection are in our DNA.

Our winery’s ethos is driven by our founder Dong Van Nguyen’s inspiring legacy and the traditions of altruism and community in Vietnamese culture. At the heart of everything we do is a commitment to being real and creating a space where all feel welcome.

Our Roots

Spreading joy and fueling connection are in our DNA.

Our winery’s ethos is driven by our founder Dong Van Nguyen’s inspiring legacy and the traditions of altruism and community in Vietnamese culture. At the heart of everything we do is a commitment to being real and creating a space where all feel welcome.

Let’s Make Wine Better

The feeling of acceptance drives my desire to create a wine community that is welcoming to all. I want people to feel like they belong in this space that often has unspoken rules and etiquette that can make us feel out of place. At RD, anyone can be part of our community, they can drink great wine, and enjoy something special at a price they can afford. Fitting in here means you don’t have to change a thing.


Mailynh Phan
CEO

Napa valley wine for two

Let’s Make Wine Better

The feeling of acceptance drives my desire to create a wine community that is welcoming to all. I want people to feel like they belong in this space that often has unspoken rules and etiquette that can make us feel out of place. At RD, anyone can be part of our community, they can drink great wine, and enjoy something special at a price they can afford. Fitting in here means you don’t have to change a thing.


Mailynh Phan
CEO

Let’s Create Community

Under every cork and behind every smile is a good old-fashioned desire to bring more goodness into the world– something we can all use more of. Drinking wine can be both very social and very personal. Wine enhances our enjoyment of food, it can mark a milestone, or spark an unexpected moment of revelry among friends. These experiences and our collective appreciation unite us. Life moves pretty quickly. Our hope is that opening a bottle of wine is an opportunity for you to slow the hustle and focus on what you love most.

Gathered around the table
Gathered around the table

Let’s Create Community

Under every cork and behind every smile is a good old-fashioned desire to bring more goodness into the world– something we can all use more of. Drinking wine can be both very social and very personal. Wine enhances our enjoyment of food, it can mark a milestone, or spark an unexpected moment of revelry among friends. These experiences and our collective appreciation unite us. Life moves pretty quickly. Our hope is that opening a bottle of wine is an opportunity for you to slow the hustle and focus on what you love most.

The Fable that Inspires Us

Our founder’s life story is not unlike that of Khoai’s in the time-honored Vietnamese fable, The Hundred-knot Bamboo. The tale is one of an underdog’s triumph, and the power of unwavering courage, determination, and honesty. We honor this story with our Hundred Knot wines and embrace the notion that when you act with integrity, anything is possible. Here’s the story of Khoai…

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The Fable that Inspires Us

Our founder’s life story is not unlike that of Khoai’s in the time-honored Vietnamese fable, The Hundred-knot Bamboo. The tale is one of an underdog’s triumph, and the power of unwavering courage, determination, and honesty. We honor this story with our Hundred Knot wines and embrace the notion that when you act with integrity, anything is possible. Here’s the story of Khoai…

Dong Van Nguyen
RD Founder

Dong Van Nguyen

Our story begins an ocean away, with an inspiring rags-to-riches tale. Dong Van Nguyen was born into a family of 9 in the Quảng Ngãi province along the South Central Coast of Vietnam. Although they were quite poor, Mr. Dong’s father instilled a sense of agency in his children at an early age.

As a young man, Mr. Dong set his sights on construction and real estate. With the support of relatives, he borrowed the money to construct his first building in a rural district in Southeast Vietnam. His vision and commitment to quality throughout the process were recognized by the people, and he quickly became the primary builder of key infrastructure in the region.

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Mr. Dong started his first company, Rang Dong Group (named for the rising sun), in 1994. Though his enterprises grew, he maintained his compassionate approach to business and high standards for quality. The Vietnamese government honored him as a ‘Hero of Labor” for his hand in job creation. In addition to his benevolence, Mr. Dong also gained a reputation for doing the impossible.

In 1997, along the pristine bay of Mui Ne, Mr. Dong transformed a barren stretch of sand dunes into a stunning, lush beach resort and golf club. Sea Links City has become one of the region’s leading tourism destinations.

Bringing people together over food and drink became a passion project for Mr. Dong. A wine lover and avid collector, he visited the Napa Valley and became so charmed by the region’s wine country that he was inspired to start a winery of his own.

RD Winery was established in 2011, and the first grapes were processed the following harvest. For the next six years, wine was solely made for export to Vietnam. With a desire to begin sharing the wines with the US market, production grew, and in 2019 sights were set on an inviting tasting room. In the summer of 2020, we opened our doors to the public for the first time.

Currently, Mr. Dong resides in Vietnam and is establishing a nature reserve in the Hong Liem Forest.

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