Napa Valley - USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Red Blends, Malbec, Viognier, Rosé
Established in 1893 on the watershed of the Stags Leap Palisades, Stags’ Leap Winery is one of California’s earliest wine estates. The 240-acre property, located nine miles north of the city of Napa, is planted to 90 acres of vineyards; wine grapes have grown here continuously since the 1880s. A unique terroir and ideal microclimate support a classical standard of viticulture, land use, and winemaking that is as relevant today as it was over a century ago.
The founding Chase family named their country estate Stags’ Leap. The mountains behind the property on the eastern side came to be called Stags Leap Palisades.
The name is attributed to a native Wappo legend of a stag leaping to escape hunters, or leaping to its death in preference to being hunted down, or, a stag that eluded an entire generation of hunters, always leaping and vanishing at the last moment.
The Stags Leap Palisades are the most prominent geographical feature in the area and are part of the Vaca Range that stretches along the eastern side of Napa Valley. Erosion from the palisades is the source of the volcanic soil acknowledged as a contributing factor to the modern reputation for Cabernet Sauvignon in the Stags Leap District.