Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is a winery in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, California established by Warren Winiarski in 1972. Winiarski sold the winery to a joint venture by Chateau Ste. Michelle of Woodinville, Washington and Marchesi Antinori Srl of Italy for $185 million in August, 2007.


The new winery achieved international recognition just four years after its establishment at the historic Judgment of Paris where its 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon won first place among ten French and California wines in a blind taste test by leading French wine experts.

The San Francisco Wine Tasting of 1978 was a re-tasting of the same wines 20 months after the Paris event. Stag's Leap again won first place with a different set of judges.

In the Ottawa Wine Tasting of 1981, a re-match held five years after the Paris competition, Stag's Leap won fourth place.

At the French Culinary Institute Wine Tasting of 1986, held ten years after Paris, Stag's Leap received sixth place and in the Wine Spectator Wine Tasting of 1986 it won fourth place.

In The Tasting that Changed the Wine World: 'The Judgment of Paris' 30th Anniversary replication with the same wines first used in the Judgment of Paris competition, Stag's Leap achieved second place.

A bottle of 1973 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon is now in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

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