Driving up to Clos Du Val, notice the gorgeous ivy climbing the sides of the winery. You’ve arrived in Stags Leap District, whose renowned Cabernets were etched on the world wine map during the 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting. Clos Du Val is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, but they also have Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot, among other wines. You can walk in and try a flight at the bar or book a private, reserve tasting. They have recently installed a new energy efficient refrigeration system, upgraded to high efficiency, long-life LED lighting and have a solar array that provides renewable energy to the winery.
Founded in 1970 and considered a Napa Valley first-growth estate, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars won the red wine portion of the 1976 Paris tasting for its 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon. When visiting the FAY Outlook & Visitor Center, the wine educators will guide you through the beautiful estate Cabernets set against a gorgeous backdrop of historic vineyards and the Stags Leap Palisades. Reserve a tour of the caves and experience the natural climate control, perfect for aging the wines.
From here it’s a quick drive up the Silverado Trail to Pine Ridge Vineyards – nestled against the hillside with its own microclimate. Enjoy their benchmark Cabernet Sauvignons. Pine Ridge Vineyards has estate vineyards in the Stags Leap District along with four others spread across Napa Valley’s esteemed appellations – Howell Mountain, Oakville, Rutherford, and Carneros. Across these properties they work to retain the rich soils, preventing erosion and runoff, contributing to the health of the Napa watershed. All of their wine is shipped using environmentally preferable packaging, eliminating Styrofoam
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