The California winery is located in the homonymous AVA area of the Stags Leap District in Napa Valley
, The name means "Hirschsprung" and goes back to a legend of the Wappo Indians, who used to live in the Napa Valley. From a rocky hill in the valley, a deer is said to have escaped its hunters by a brave leap into freedom. The 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 an assistant winemaker Mondavi
, In 1970 he founded his own winery. This suddenly became known in 1976 when the legendary Paris Wine Tasting
the "Cabernet Sauvignon SLV 1973" hit well-known Bordeaux plants and took first place.
In August 2007 the property was taken over by the company Ste Michelle Wine Estates
(Subsidiary of UST) in Washington, DC, for an estimated $ 185 million. The vineyards cover 34 hectares of vineyards, which are mainly planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Chardonnay and Petite Sirah. The flagship of the house is "Cabernet Sauvignon Cask Twenty-Three", which is only produced in exceptional years. Other premium wines are "SLV Cabernet Sauvignon" (SLV stands for Stag's Leap Vineyards) and "Artemis" (both Cabernet Sauvignon with a little Merlot), "Fay" (Cabernet Sauvignon) and "Karia" (Chardonnay). The second label is called "Hawk Crest".
As for the name, there was a legal dispute between Warren Winiarski and Carl Doumani, the owner of the confusing name-like Stags' Leap Winery
, Both claimed to have used the name for the first time. According to a judicial decision, it was decided in 1986 that both companies may bear 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.