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“Incredible, but two disclaimers”

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
Ranked #9 of 190 things to do in Napa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Please join us at our FAY Outlook & Visitor Center, where our wine educators will guide you through our beautiful estate Cabernets set against a gorgeous backdrop of historic estate vineyards and the Stags Leap Palisades.
Slingerlands, New York
Level 6 Contributor
521 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
“Incredible, but two disclaimers”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

Wonderful, wonderful. I have been a Stag's Leap (watch the apostrophe!) fan for years. As a member of their wine club, we had the opportunity for a private tour and tasting. Greg was our host, and he was informative and hospitable.

In terms of history and significance, this is probably the most "important" winery in the Valley. It was their wine that first bested the French in competition in the 70's. There is a wall dedicated to those who have worked here, and many a famous winemaker has spent time here. Like most places we visited, the actual pressing operation was much smaller than imagined. This is made up for, though, in the quantity of barrels throughout the facility. There are some sights to see, and great stories to hear, such as how the founder sold the winery and does not allow any use of his name.

For a fan of these wines, the tasting was a rare treat. To have several glasses in front of you, each with a different one of their Cabernets allows you to compare. What is also interesting is that the wines are in general named after the vineyards or blocks from which they come.

A great morning. They are building a new visitor's center, I hope it does not change the character or "feel" of the place.

Visited October 2013
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Portland Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fabulous Wine and Experience in the Valley”
Reviewed November 2, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The atmosphere at the winery is very hospitable. Staff friendly, knowledgable and helpful Wine is excellent. A great stop when visiting the valley

Visited October 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 reviews
“Great wines!”
Reviewed October 30, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Took a fabulous trip to Napa and ventured across the Stag's Leap vineyard. Tasting was fabulous, along with lots of great info on the wines. Joined the wine club and have been enjoying 3 bottles every quarter - highly recommend a visit to the vineyard

Visited September 2013
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New Berlin, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Tradition”
Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

For Wine Lovers, this is a must go to place. Just learning about their history and the chance to see where red wine from California earned its international reputation makes this a wonderful place to visit. Make sure you join the wine club!

Visited June 2013
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Atlanta, GA
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Average experience”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

This winery and how they treat customers is becoming the norm in Napa (unfortunately). The wine is obviously very good and we were excited about our appointment there. However, they were ushering people in and out just as quickly as they possibly could and simply focussing on making money from tastings.

Unfortunately, this seems to be the trend with some wineries in Napa. They have chosen to make "tastings" their profit center, and concern themselves less with education and building new customers.

There are still many boutique wineries throughout the valley where we were able to sit with the winemaker and his/her family and talk wine. Most of these had no cost associated with them (though we always ended up buying a case or two to send back).

I'll stick to the wineries still operating like in years past and the masses can continue to flood the Stags Leap Wine Cellar type places and buy tastings instead of wine for consumption back home.

Visited October 2013
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