(Posted with permission from Sill Family Vineyards)


The World Famous Napa Valley Winery, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

This critically acclaimed Napa Valley winery was founded in 1970 by Warren Winiarski. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars brought international acclaim to California winemaking when their 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon won Steven Spurrier’s famous 1976 “Judgment of Paris” tasting.

In 1996, a bottle of the 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon was inducted into the Smithsonian National Museum. They earned a place in the museum by participating in the Judgement of Paris and being awarded first place for its 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon. This was not only an achievement for the winery, but also reflects the impact that this recognition had on Napa Valley’s wine industry as a whole. In fact, in 2013 the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon was named one of the Smithsonian National Museum’s “Objects that Made America.”


Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Gets a Facelift

In 2000, the winery was remodelled. These upgrades now provide floor-to-ceiling views of its vineyards as its centrepiece. The winery’s cave “is the moral center of the universe” according to founder Warren Winiarski. He installed an amazing floor-to-ceiling Foucault pendulum at the center of the vaulted caves. It’s an awesome sight to behold as it swings methodically.


A Napa Valley Winery Partners with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Marchesi Antinori

In the summer of 2007, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars was sold to a joint venture between Chateau Ste Michelle in Washington and Marchesi Antinori in Italy. According to the website, these two companies “proudly accepts the stewardship of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and its legacy.”


Call for Tasting Room Reservations at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

Reservations are accepted Monday through Friday from 10AM to 4:30PM at tours@cask23.com.


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