Stags Leap Wine Country
Stags Leap wineries are known for producing more restrained Cabernet Sauvignon than their warmer neighbors to the north. In 1976, Warren Winiarski’s Stags Leap Cellars won the Paris Blind Tasting. Probably no other event catapulted Stags Leap Wineries to international fame as this remarkable tasting.
Stags Leap Wine is produced in a moderate climate. A row of hills along the western border acts as a funnel that draws wind up from the San Pablo Bay. This cools the region and increases acidity in grapes. At the same time, most Stags Leap vineyards are on western facing slopes and exposed to late afternoon sunshine. This ensures ripe fruit and developed tannins. A quality characteristic of Stags Leap Wine Country.
Stags Leap Wineries’ volcanic terrain is a major reason why Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is known as, “an iron fist in a velvet glove.” The nuanced characteristics of local Cab has done much to establish Stags Leap’s reputation for fine wine production, and terrain has a lot to do with this.
Stags Leap Wine Country gets name from a stag leaping off of the palisades to escape a hunting party. Because of its favorable climate and soils, the region has historically been a magnet for quality-minded winemakers.Popular Stags Leap Wineries
- Shafer Vineyards
- Clos du Val
- Regusci Winery
- Quixote Winery
- Stags Leap Wine Cellars
- Robert Sinskey Vineyards
- Steltzner Vineyards
- Pillar Rock Vineyard
- Pine Ridge Winery
- Silverado Vineyards
- William Hill Estate
Popular Wine Tours
- Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Tour
- Napa Valley Sparkling Wine Tour
- Private Tour with Winemakers or Winery Owners