Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
We are excited to announce we will be re-opening our beautiful FAY Outlook & Visitor Center on June 11. This year marks our 50th Anniversary and we invite you to come experience our Estate Collection Tasting Flight. Our hours have been adjusted and reservations are now required for wine tasting and orders via curbside pick-up. We are eager to welcome you once again to take in our stunning panoramic views of the FAY Vineyard and Stags Leap Palisades. Experience top-notch hospitality while we deliver a superb tasting experience featuring our world-class Cabernet Sauvignons.
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Michael C
1 contribution
Terrible experience
Feb 2021 • Couples
I joined the wine club a month ago. I then requested a virtual wine tasting, they never responded to me instead I was contacted by another vineyard. They definitely done care about my business. I had a wonderful virtual tasting with duck horn...they have earned my business. So polite ...I’m done with stags leap.
I understand being busy but you would think as a member they would at least contact me.
Written February 26, 2021
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M Myers
2 contributions
Historic winery
Feb 2021 • Couples
Had a nice tasting out on the patio. Service was good and wines were very good. Scenic setting and were able to try some expensive Cabs during the tasting.
Written February 22, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your review! We're thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your tasting on the patio. Please come back and visit us again the next time you are in Napa! Cheers, Danielle
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Cheryl C
1 contribution
Horrible Wine Cub and Customer Service
Dec 2020
One of the worst wine clubs and the customer service is horrible. Never received anything on what they charged my credit card, and the wine was damaged in shipment and now have been waiting almost a month for my refund. Called every week and told every week it will be processed in a week.
Too bad cause the wine is great.
Written January 19, 2021
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX4,147 contributions
Nothing says Napa like Stag’s Leap
Nov 2020
The Stag’s Leap story is a historic one. Founded in 1970, in just 6 years the Stag’s Leap 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the 1976 Judgement of Paris red wine tasting. Now celebrating their 50th Anniversary, this Napa Valley first-growth estate has continued winning accolades. We enjoyed the Estate Collection Tasting Flight on the outdoor patio overlooking the Stags Leap Palisades and vineyards. What a perfect afternoon, sipping powerhouse reds that included S.L.V, Cask 23 and Fay Cabs. You’ll want to include a visit here because nothing says Napa like Stag’s Leap!
Written November 26, 2020
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Dear Linda, Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our history and your tasting on the patio. Please come back and visit us again the next time you are in California! Cheers, Danielle
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whileitravel
Florida932 contributions
Fay Lake
Oct 2020
I've been a huge fan of Stag's Leap and have read about the 1976 Paris Wine tasting and of course have seen the movie "Bottle Shock", so there was no way I was coming to Napa and not visit this great wine estate.

We spent our anniversary afternoon here at Fay Lake and it was very romantic. Stephanie was our guide for the history of the estate and the select wines that we were drinking on this day. She was excellent.

We were provided with a small picnic basket/box consisting of plastic glasses (expecting glass) bottle of water, an assortment of cheese and some fresh crusty bread. Along with the picnic basket came the tiny bottles of wine which consisted of the Karya, Fay, SLV and their epic Cask 23!

We both love Stag's Leap wine and this gave us an opportunity to try their top bottles.

We sat and soaked in the view. It was a perfect day weather wise.

It was a perfect afternoon.

Highly recommended.
Written October 18, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to review your experience on the Picnic Pairing at FAY Lake. We are thrilled to know you enjoyed the tasting and the views from the Estate. Please continue to enjoy our wines, and do come back and visit us again! Cheers, Danielle
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Jennifer D
Chicago, IL134 contributions
Loved it All
Feb 2020
Our party of 6 loved this winery, the wine, the view, the staff. They were able to seat us outside on the patio overlooking the vineyard and it was fun to actually see the specific wines we were tasting where those particular grapes were a being grown (each bottle!). It was a beautiful day and we loved the relaxed nature of it all.
Written March 6, 2020
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Dear Jennifer, Thank you so much for your review! We're thrilled to hear how much your group enjoyed your tasting experience on the patio. Please come back and visit us again the next time you are in California! Cheers, Danielle
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484kelly
Charlotte, NC38 contributions
Great Wine
Feb 2020
We had a tasting booked at Stags Leap which is a great facility and unfortunately right as it was about to get going I had a minor emergency with one of the kids back home. I was able to taste the wines while dealing with that and the rest of group carried on with their tasting. Our host Jeff was fantastic as he was very understanding to the situation and even comped 2 of our tastings. We loved the SLV the most of purchased some of that. Hopefully we can come back some time and start from the beginning again. The patience and empathy was much appreciated.
Written February 17, 2020
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Thank you for the review and your kind words about Jeff from your recent visit. We hope you get to visit us again very soon to enjoy a full experience and some more S.L.V. Cheers, Danielle
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Mymilesandsmiles
New York City, NY326 contributions
Stunning
Jan 2020
We just returned from Napa and visited 13 vineyards during our 3 full days there (2 were full tours). We sampled several top-rated wines in this charming tasting room and strolled outside to take in the view of their vineyard.

The region gets its name from a popular local legend that tells of a stag eluding hunters by leaping to freedom across the district’s landmark peaks. The “valley within the valley” is home to some of Napa’s most famous vineyards.

Enclosed by the Stags Leap Palisades to the east, and rolling hills and the Napa River to the west, Stags Leap District is occasionally described as the “valley within the valley.”

I didn't get a chance to do the cellers, just the tasting room, but I've heard that if you have time to do the whole tour, it's a knock-out. View of the Fay Vineyard and best view of Stag's Leap.

There are literally hundreds of wineries in the Valley, and Stag's Leap needs to be near the top of any list for visitors. The winery itself is wonderful, but the people and the wine are beyond wonderful
Written January 28, 2020
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Thank you for your review. With so many choices in the valley we are very fortunate that Stag's Leap Wine Cellars made your list. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed so many aspects of your visit. We look forward to having you back in the near future. Cheers, Danielle
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Matthew G
New Jersey2,217 contributions
Perfect Winery Tour & Tasting
Jan 2020
Since we know a bit about Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ lofty reputation dating back to their victory in the 1976 Judgment of Paris, a visit to Stag’s Leap has been on our list for a while, and my wife and I recently had our first chance to stop by and try their wines. We signed up for the Estate Wine Tasting & Cave Tour, which is offered at 11:00 am each day.

It was easy enough to book the tasting via email, and the staff was very responsive, but I like the online booking systems that quite a lot of wineries in the area have moved toward. It was a little cumbersome to have to send multiple emails and then call in separately with my credit card information to get it confirmed.

When we pulled up the property, I was immediately impressed by the sleek, earthy feel of the visitor center. The whole thing is very picturesque, with the visitor center right on the edge of Stag’s Leap’s famous FAY and SLV vineyards at the foot of the Vaca Mountains. I feel like it was really well designed to have an upscale, modern vibe, while unobtrusively fitting into the landscape around it.

Our tour group was small, including just us and one other couple, and Stephanie was our guide for the experience. She was really fun and upbeat, and we felt really at ease with her throughout the experience. She taught us a lot about the winery and its famous wines, but without any of the undertone of superiority that you might expect at a winery of this stature. We started the tour with a glass of sauvignon blanc, which was surprisingly crisp and tasty. We then went outside to look at the vineyards and learn the basic history of the property. It was really interesting to see how the FAY and SLV vineyards, which are right next to each other, have completely different soils that create the different tasting wines that we’d sample later.

The tour then proceeded with a visit into the winery’s caves. Although caves for aging wines are common in other parts of the world, they’re not common in California, so it was unique to have a chance to tour a Napa wine cave and see rows upon rows of barrels in the aging process. The caves are actually quite extensive, and the various corridors were built to be in the shape of the main roads of the Napa Valley. One of the most interesting parts of the cave tour was to see the unique Foucault pendulum in the middle of the caves, which moves with the rotation of the Earth. We also got to try another wine that was poured for us in the cave, a chardonnay.

After the cave tour, which was just long enough to really experience the caves and understand the winery and its philosophy, we went back to the visitor center and into a lovely private room for a seated tasting. The room had gorgeous views of the vineyards out the floor-to-ceiling window. The rest of the tasting consisted of a chance to try three of the best Stag’s Leap reds: FAY vineyard cabernet sauvignon, SLV vineyard cabernet sauvignon, and Cask 23 cabernet sauvignon. All three were excellent in their own way, and it was hard to pick out a favorite among them, although we concluded that the Cask 23 would slightly edge out the other two if we had to pick. Stephanie also offered us an extra pour of the FAY Hillside cabernet sauvignon, made from a small section the FAY vineyard that starts to go higher up the side of the mountain. We also really enjoyed that wine, and decided to take home a bottle of the FAY Hillside since it’s only sold at the winery or to wine club members.

My wife and I really enjoyed the tour experience here, since it was laid back, but still packed a powerful punch in terms of having a lot of useful education, a beautiful setting, and excellent wines. Our experience with Stephanie and the others in our group was comfortable and fun, and we left feeling very happy with the experience.

We did have one small issue with billing after the fact. We had been billed for the tour on our credit card that morning prior to our tour, but because we spent enough on wine, we were able to have half of one tour fee refunded. They ended up recharging me for the discounted tour when I purchased the wine, but said they would reverse the charge for the full priced tour that went through earlier that morning. Reversing the original charge never went through. However, I called the winery about a week later to inquire about this, and the person I spoke to was very professional and apologetic about the whole thing, and had the mistake fixed with the proper refund back to my credit card that day. This was a very small mistake, and would in no way make me hesitate to go back to Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars or recommend it to others.

Also, it’s important to note that there are two wineries with very similar names in the area. This is one is Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and the other is Stags’ Leap Winery. The apostrophe in each name is in a different spot, and one is “Wine Cellars,” while the other is “Winery.” We were confused about which is which for years, but we finally now understand that this one (Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars) is the more famous of the two, known from the Judgment of Paris. I’m sure the other has great wine too, but it’s good to know that when most people talk about Stag’s Leap, they’re probably thinking of this one, which is a winery I would very much recommend checking out.
Written January 26, 2020
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Dear Matthew, Thank you for taking the time to review our Estate Wine Tasting and Cave Tour. We love sharing our knowledge and history with our guests and we are thrilled to heard you enjoyed Stephanie as your wine educator for the experience. Thank you for your feedback and we hope to have you back again on your next adventure to Napa Valley. Cheers, Danielle
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richardgZ6541SE
Palm Harbor, FL47 contributions
WOW- visit and tour the cave!
Jan 2020
WOW- visit and tour the cave! Top rated tasting with cave tour and of course their wines are amazing!
Written January 18, 2020
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Thank you very much for taking the time to post your kind words about your recent visit. Cheers, Danielle
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