The California winery is located in the eponymous AVA area Stags Leap District in the Napa Valley
, The name means "Hirschsprung" and goes back to a legend of the formerly Napa Valley-based Wappo Indians. From a rocky hill in the valley, a deer is said to have escaped its hunters with a brave leap into freedom. Former university professor from Chicago Warren Winiarski (* 1928) moved to Napa Valley with his wife Barbara in 1964 to fulfill his dream of viticulture. He gained practical experience at Soverain Winery and then worked as Assistant Winemaker Mondavi
, In 1970 he founded his own winery. This became abruptly known in 1976 when the legendary Paris Wine Tasting
the "Cabernet Sauvignon SLV 1973" beat well-known Bordeaux plants and took the first place.
In August 2007 the estate became the company Ste Michelle Wine Estates
(Daughter of UST) in the US state of Washington bought around US $ 185 million. The vineyards cover 34 hectares of vineyards, which are mainly planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay and Petite Sirah. The flagship of the house is "Cabernet Sauvignon Cask Twenty-Three", which is produced only in exceptional years. Other premium wines are "SLV Cabernet Sauvignon" (SLV stands for Stag's Leap Vineyards) and "Artemis" (both Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot), "Fay" (Cabernet Sauvignon), and "Karia" (Chardonnay). The second label is called "Hawk Crest".
As for the name, there was a dispute between Warren Winiarski and Carl Doumani, the owner of the confusing name-like ones Stags' Leap Winery
, Both claimed to have used the name for the first time. According to a court ruling, it was decided in 1986 that both companies may use the name of the region of origin (Stags Leap). As a distinction, the apostrophe is set differently, namely before or after the "s". After the verdict, the two owners reconciled.