Stags Leap District Wine


Stags Leap District is located on the famous Silverado Trail of the Napa Valley region in northern California. Wine-making there began some time in the 1850s as California came under US control from Mexico and settlers arrived to homestead and chase the gold rush. Occidental Winery, the region’s first commercial one, was founded by Terrill L. Grigsby in the 1870s (now the site of Regusci Winery). The first winery to carry the Stags Leap name was founded by San Francisco entrepreneur Horace Chase. The origin of the name is debatable, but the favorite legend is it’s named for a stag which eluded hunters and leaped across the hills of the property to its freedom. 
By the late 1800s, Stags Leap winery was going strong and the area was booming. But Phylloxera took hold and killed many of the vines. The wineries that survived were further tamped down by the Prohibition, and most gave up to grow orchards instead. 
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  • Merlot

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