About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
Located in the Stags Leap district of Napa Valley in California, the Stags Leap Wine Cellar was established during 197o by William Winiarski. It was during this year that Winiarski purchased 44 hectares of land for cultivating vines on it. The results were great because the vines represented the unique regional flavour and character of the Napa Valley soil.
Petite Sarah and Alicante Bouschet were initially planted in small lots here, but later, they were replaced by universal varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Within 2 years of inception (1972),the label released its first vintage, with the name SLV (Stag Leap Vineyards). During the subsequent year, SLV’s winery work got completed.
The winemaking philosophy at Stags Leap Wine Cellars is to create a perfect balance between the softness and structure of the grapes, so that the resultant wines are complex, intense and unique. The vineyards are considered to be the backbone of the wines crafted here. The SLV and Fay vineyards are part of the same estate, but they produce distinct wines because of the difference in their terroirs.
The Stags Leap Vineyards were planted in 1970 and have soils that are of the volcanic type. This lends lots of spice, intensity, long life and uniqueness to the fruits grown here. The Fay Vineyards, established by wine-enthusiast Nathan Fay in 1961, contain alluvial-rich soil. This enables the place to grow fruits that are fruity, aromatic and soft. This was the place where the district’s first Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted.
SLV’s wines are classified into three broad categories – Estate Collection, Napa Valley Collection and Winery Exclusives. SLV’s wines are known for their high degree of authenticity. Each of the wine bottles has been assigned a bubble code security system to ensure that the seal cannot be removed at any stage.