Located at the very heart of Stags Leap District, the Stags’ Leap Winery, established in 1893, continues a proud winemaking heritage.
On one of California’s earliest wine estates, a unique terroir and ideal microclimate support a classical standard of viticulture. An intimate valley within the greater Napa Valley, Stags’ Leap is a place of natural beauty, storied buildings and gardens. Additionally is has a lively history, and a reputation for elegant wines showing finesse and intensity.
Estate Founder Horace Chase partnered with his uncle, W. W. Thompson, on land. This land is where grapes were planted in the 1880s by T.L. Grigsby (of nearby Occidental Winery, today’s Regusci Winery). The construction of the Manor House began in 1890. Soon after, was the blasting of the Historic Wine Cave and first vintage in 1893. By 1895 production on the estate was up to 40,000 gallons of wine.
The Stags Leap name originated in the late 1880s with the founding Chase family. The name is from the native Wappo legend of a stag leaping to escape hunters. The mountains behind the property are the Stags Leap Palisades.
Wine production has been interrupted periodically due to financial reversals, Prohibition, and war. That said, wine grapes have been grown continuously on the estate since its founding.
Stags’ Leap Winery was a fashionable country resort in the mid-twentieth century (the Grange Era). The estate was popular with Hollywood due to its 1890s stone Manor House and historic gardens. Stags’ Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s.
Tour & Tasting
Stags’ Leap Winery is truly a hidden gem. We invite you to make a reservation and visit this magical place with its beautiful gardens and stylish wines. We are unable to accommodate walk in guests due to traffic restrictions on our private road. Click here for more information.