The winery is located near Yountville in the Stags Leap District AVA area of Napa Valley in California, It was founded by Horace Chase in 1913 and operated as a ranch and winery. Viticulture was however in the wake of the American prohibition (1920-1933) discontinued. In 1971, Carl Doumani acquired the business and reactivated winegrowing. The vineyards cover 97 hectares of vineyards with the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan Noir ( mazuelo ), Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ), Mourvèdre ( Monastrell ) peloursin, Petite Syrah ( Durif ) and Syrah such as Chardonnay are planted. After several changes of ownership in 2007, the Multi Treasury Wine Estates acquired.
As for the name, there was a legal dispute between Carl Doumani and Warren Winiarski, the owner of the confusing name-like one Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, 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.