Notable as the Californian winery that won the Cabernet Sauvignon competition known as the Judgment of Paris, thus placing them ahead of the best Bordeaux had to offer, Stag's Leap Winery has since been considered as Napa Valley's 'First Growth' estate.
The winery itself is situated in Silverado in the heart of the Napa Valley north of San Francisco and their vineyards are in, what is known today as, the Stag's Leap District Appellation. Their most famous wine is 'Cask 23' which is made only select vintages and fetches quite eye watering prices which makes their 'First Growth' moniker quite appropriate.
The winery was founded by Warren Winiarski in 1972 after he had learned his trade under Robert Mondavi and success soon followed with the 1976 Paris tasting. In the intervening years ownership has passed to a joint venture between Chateau Ste Michelle and Tuscany's Marchesi Antinori.
Today the Senior Winemaker and General Manager is Christophe Paubert who grew up and cut his winemaking teeth around Bordeaux. He also has a wealth of experience obtained in Chile, Spain and Washington State that has equipped him well for the task of keeping Stag's Leap among the vanguard of Napa producers.