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The Stags Leap District Winegrowers Celebrates 30 Years with a Weekend of Conviviality and VIP Access to the Appellation’s Wineries and Vintners

The 30th Anniversary Celebration at Vineyard to Vintner takes place April 26-28, 2019 in the Napa Valley

Stags Leap District, Napa, CA, February 11, 2019 – Marking 30 years since the founding of the American Viticultural Area (AVA), the Stags Leap District Winegrowers today announced the schedule of events for its 30th Anniversary Celebration weekend affair, to be held Friday through Sunday, April 26 to 28, 2019. Rare library selections, decadent meals, in-depth education and exclusive vintner access will be the highlight as wine enthusiasts explore the region with the winemakers and principals who craft the wines from vineyard to bottle. Tickets for the event, which are expected to sell out and limited to 200 guests, will be available online beginning Thursday, February 14 at 9:00 a.m. PST.

“This will be a weekend to remember as we commemorate 30 years of our storied history, world class wines, talented vintners, and unparalleled hospitality,” said Nancy Bialek, Executive Director of Stags Leap District Winegrowers. “Guests will have the chance to not only taste a breadth of vintages and wines throughout the weekend, but also dig deep into the appellation’s history, terroir and meet the vintners and owners who are committed to the highest quality wines. For cabernet aficionados, it’s a remarkable weekend that can’t be missed.”

Recognized as a formal AVA in 1989, the Stags Leap District is home to world-renowned Cabernet Sauvignon, with a winegrowing history dating back to the 1800s. Bordered by the Vaca Mountains on the East and the Napa River on the West, the District was the first in the United States to be approved based on the distinctiveness of its soils. Under the towering Palisades, guests at the 2019 30th Anniversary Celebration weekend are invited to savor the history and explore the future of this incomparable area.

In honor of the milestone, Stags Leap District Winegrowers will donate $50 of each ticket purchased to the University of California at Davis Nathan Fay Graduate Fellowship Fund. The endowment was established by the Stags Leap District Winegrowers in 2000 as a tribute to District pioneer Nathan Fay, who planted the first Cabernet vines in the region in 1961. The coveted scholarship is awarded each year to one graduate student in the School of Enology and Viticulture.

Representing the region at various events are: Baldacci Family Vineyards, Chimney Rock Winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Clos Du Val, Ilsley Vineyards, Lindstrom Wines, Malk Family Vineyards, Odette Estate, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Quixote Winery, Regusci Winery, Shafer Vineyards, Silverado Vineyards, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Stags’ Leap Winery, Steltzner Vineyards, and Taylor Family Vineyards.

Events during this special anniversary weekend include:

Library Wine Dinners: Friday, April 26 // 6:30PM – 10:00PM

The weekend begins with a luxurious vintner-hosted evening of world-class library wines and chef-driven menus celebrating three decades of winemaking excellence. Guests can choose from intimate dinners at Cliff Lede Vineyards (with co-hosts Silverado Vineyards and Stags’ Leap Winery); Clos Du Val (with co-hosts Lindstrom Wines, Malk Family Vineyards and Regusci Winery); Odette Estate Winery (with co-hosts Baldacci Family Vineyards and Chimney Rock Winery); Quixote Winery (with co-hosts Pine Ridge Vineyards, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Steltzner Vineyards); or Taylor Family Vineyards (with co-hosts Ilsley Vineyards and Shafer Vineyards). Each dinner is limited to only 40 guests.

Digging Deeper: Vineyard Walks, Seminars and Tastings: Saturday, April 27 // 10:00AM – 12:00PM

New this year is an in-depth series of immersive seminars that explore the region’s famed history, terroir, and the people that make the wines so inimitable. Programs include Winemaker Wisdom — Secrets of Capturing the Essence of Stags Leap District at Chimney Rock Winery; A Taste of Place—Exploring Napa’s Wine Regions from South to North at Pine Ridge Vineyards; Earth, Wine & Fire at Regusci Winery; An Exploration of FAY Vineyard — Where the SLD Story Began at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars; and First Families of Stags Leap at Steltzner Vineyards.

30th Anniversary Luncheon: Saturday, April 27 // 12:30PM – 3:30PM

A rare opportunity to meet with all the region’s vintners in one location, this luncheon gathers the winemakers, principals and owners of 17 District wineries for an anniversary toast. Stroll through the grounds of the historic Stags’ Leap Winery, enjoy a champagne welcome, roving gourmet lunch with current release and library wines, and get a sneak peek tasting of the 2016 Appellation Collection, to be released in October 2019.

Savor SLD: Sunday, April 28 // 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Rounding out the weekend’s event, guests can spend the day tasting at the appellation’s wineries’ tasting rooms and hospitality venues. Guest credentials provide access for tasting at Baldacci Family Vineyards, Chimney Rock Winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Clos du Val, Lindstrom Wines, Malk Family Vineyards, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Quixote Winery, Silverado Vineyards, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Stags’ Leap Winery and Steltzner Vineyards.

Tickets and Additional Information

This celebratory weekend is limited to just 200 guests. Tickets will be released February 14, 2019. The Friday through Sunday experience (April 26-28, 2019) is $895 per person, which includes access to all the 30th Anniversary at Vineyard to Vintner events. Complete details are available at www.stagsleapdistrict.com/V2V.

About Stags Leap District Winegrowers:

The Stags Leap District Winegrowers is a non-profit association of vintners and growers united by the mission of enhancing the reputation of the appellation and its wines and sharing its quality with the wine- loving world. The SLDWA is comprised of 17 wineries and 10 grower members. Wineries include: Baldacci Family Vineyards, Chimney Rock Winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Clos Du Val, Ilsley Vineyards, Lindstrom Wines, Malk Family Vineyards, Odette Estate Winery, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Quixote Winery, Regusci Winery, Shafer Vineyards, Silverado Vineyards, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Stags’ Leap Winery, Steltzner Vineyards, and Taylor Family Vineyards. To learn more about the Stags Leap District, please visit stagsleapdistrict.com or find the Association on Facebook.com/StagsLeapDistrict, Instagram.com/StagsLeapAVA, Twitter@StagsLeapAVA. #SLDV2V

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