Stags Leap, like most of Napa Valley, began growing grapes in the mid 1800s. The first winery, Occidental Winery, was established in 1871 by Terrill L. Grigsby. Things continued to grow until those two famous killers of Napa Valley wine. Phylloxera and prohibition. A quiet renaissance began in 1961 and that is where things began to build steam. The turning point would be in 1976 when a blind tasting in France awarded first place to Stags Leap Wine Cellars over some of the most prestigious wineries in France. 10 years later, another blind taste test awarded first place to yet another Stag’s Leap winery, Clos Du Val for their 1972 Cabernet Sauvignon and Stag’s Leap isn’t finished yet. Winemaking is stronger than ever in this Napa Valley appellation.