A Taste of Elegance: Exploring Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars


In the heart of Napa Valley, California, there lies a winery that is renowned for its exceptional wines and rich history. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has captivated wine lovers worldwide since the 1970s with their elegant and expressive wines reflecting the region's unique terroir. Whether you are visiting their vineyard or purchasing a bottle from their carefully curated selection, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars captivates audiences with their award-winning wines and rich history.

Inspired by the potential of the Stags Leap District 

Located within the Napa Valley AVA, 6 miles north of Napa, California, The Stags Leap District was the first area designated an AVA (American Viticultural Area) based on the unique terroir characteristics of its soil. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, not to be confused with Stags’ Leap, has been operating since the 1970s. The Stags Leap District is characterized by its volcanic soils, steep slopes, and cooling influence from the San Pablo Bay nearby. These factors combine to create an ideal microclimate for growing, grapes-particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. The results are that wines from this region display distinct elegance and age-worthiness.

A story of vision and perseverance

Founded in 1970 by Warren Winiarski, Winiarski envisioned producing world-class wines that would rival established wineries worldwide. His vision to create wines showcasing the terroir's distinct character and elegance and his relentless pursuit of excellence laid the foundation for what would become one of Napa Valley’s most iconic wineries. 

The Judgement of Paris

The turning point for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars came in 1976, during a blind-tasting event now known as the “Judgement of Paris.” This historic event pitted French wines against up-and-coming Californian wines in a blind-tasting competition. To the amazement and astonishment of the wine world, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon outshined renowned Bordeaux wines and emerged victorious, putting California on the global wine map.

Sustainable practices are an art form at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

Blending tradition with innovation to create wines that truly reflect where they are made, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is committed to sustainable farming practices and meticulous attention to detail. By paying attention to the environment's health, their goal is “to ensure that the vineyard environment is in harmony with the natural environment.” Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars believe healthy soil and vines mean better-tasting wines. Using techniques such as drip irrigation, cover crops and soil amendments and committing to watershed and habitat restoration, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars works hard to positively impact the earth and your pallet. 

Signature wines 

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars are primarily known for their Cabernet Sauvignon wines, which have become synonymous with luxurious wine. The winery produces several distinct Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings, including their iconic S.L.V., FAY, and CASK 23 wines. These wines showcase the complexity, depth, and longevity that have become mainstays of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ style.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars at Canadian Liquor Store

We are pleased to carry several wines from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, showcasing their wide range of reds and whites. From the iconic S.L.V., FAY, and CASK23 wines to their more affordable options, such as the  Artemis Cab 2019, the Karia Chardonnay, and their Cabernet Sauvignon 2019. For more information or to learn more about how we can help you curate your wine cellar, explore our wide range of wines worldwide.