Stags' Leap Winery
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|Stags' Leap Winery|
|Location||Yountville, California, USA|
|Appellation||Stags Leap AVA|
|Key people||Christophe Paubert, Winemaker
Joanne Wing, Assistant Winemaker
|Parent company||Treasury Wine Estates|
|Varietals||Viognier, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah, Grenache, Carignane, Peloursin, Mourvedre, Syrah|
Stags' Leap Winery is a winery located near Yountville, California, in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. The winery's 240 acres (97 ha) estate vineyard was first planted in 1893. In 1997, Stags' Leap was purchased by Beringer Wine Estates, which in 2000 was in turn purchased by the Australian company Foster's Group, whose two wine groups combined and are now Beringer-Blass Wine Estates. Robert Brittan continued the revitalization of the vineyards and winery until 2005.
A wine tasting and visitation space is being converted from the winery's 19th-century manor bed-and-breakfast, to increase its daily visitation from 10 to 40 appointments per day, with food and wine pairings, by the parent company Treasury Wine Estates
The winery was founded by Horace Chase and his wife Minnie Mizner Chase. Mrs. Frances Grange acquired Stags' Leap Winery from Horace Chase in 1913. She transformed the property into a working ranch and resort. Wine production ceased due to prohibition. The vineyard remained, however, with the grapes being sold to other producers. Wine production began again in earnest in 1971 when Stags' Leap was purchased by Carl Doumani. Over a period of almost three decades, Doumani restored and improved the property. The winery's signature product was its petite sirah, at the time an undervalued grape used mostly for blending purposes. In 1988 Doumani hired winemaker Robert Brittan, who became president when the winery was sold to Beringer Wine Estates in 1997.
The winery is now owned by Treasury Wine Estates, formally Fosters of Australia, who also purchased Beringer Winery.
- Jack Heeger "Stags Leap's Vineyard to Vintner event draws national crowd" Napa Valley Register, April 27th, 2006