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Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association

Digging Deeper

Saturday Morning Seminars and Tastings

Guests will choose from four informative morning sessions to dig deeper into our famed history and the role of our terroir: the people, the place and the wines. Each venue will be limited to 50 guests. Casual attire.

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Hosted by Baldacci Family Vineyards

Digging WAY deeper with Baldacci Family Vineyards

Baldacci Family Vineyards wants to Dig Deep with you. Begin your journey in the new cave exploring our "living wall," a cut their detailing the inner hillside. You can see it, touch it, and learn about the type of materials they found within the cave system and beyond.

The next stop is Block One where you can see how the team integrated all of the rock from within the hillside back into the vineyard. Michael Baldacci, winemaker, and Garret Buckland, viticulturist, will be there to explain how their crazy idea turned into a reality, and the impact it has on the soil and in turn, the wine. With a glass of wine in hand, you can experience a slice of all Baldacci Family Vineyards has to offer!

Limited to 50 guests · 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Hosted by Clos du Val

Stags Leap District Then & Now: A Look Back at how Viticulture Practices have developed in the last 50 Years

Join us for a conversation with two neighboring family wineries as they reflect on the farming practices of the past five-plus decades, those of today, and what we can expect moving forward. The current moment presents new challenges including how to best manage the impacts of climate change and farm sustainably for future generations. Engage in an active conversation and vertical wine tasting with Clos du Val founding winemaker Bernard Portet, current winemaker Carmel Greenberg, and Director of Vineyard Operations at Regusci Winery, Jason Lauritsen.

Limited to 50 guests · 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Hosted by Ilsley Vineyards

The Clones that Shaped the Stags Leap District

Cabernet Sauvignon clones have defined winemaking in the Napa Valley. In viticulture, a clone is defined as "a vine variety that is selected for specific qualities which result from natural mutations" and generations of family farmers have shaped modern day winemaking through selection and introduction of the best of these clones in their own vineyards and beyond.

Join the Ilsley family as you learn about Cabernet Sauvignon Clones and how they evolved, from some of the first Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted by Nathan Fay and Ernest Ilsley, to the clones used most prevalently today. We will do a deep-dive into the history of the clones found in the Stags Leap District neighborhood, as well as assessing selections brought in from Europe and South America.

David Ilsley, vineyard manager for both Ilsley Vineyards and Shafer Vineyards, will begin the day with a vineyard tour through the Ilsley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon blocks, observing first-hand the unique differences between clones. Following the vineyard walk, viticulturist Ernie Ilsley and winemaker Tony Arcudi will lead a seated Clonal Tasting of barrel selections, accompanied by finished wines from the Ilsley Vineyards library.

Limited to 50 guests · 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM     FULL

Hosted by Pine Ridge Vineyards and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Digging Deeper in the Vineyards with Pine Ridge Vineyards and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars at Pine Ridge Vineyards

Join us for an adventure and opportunity to dig deep and explore the climate, geology, soils, and vineyards of the renowned Stags Leap District. Guests will learn what makes this specific place on earth so extraordinary for producing wine. Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Winemaker Marcus Notaro, Pine Ridge Vineyards Winemaker Josh Widaman and Viticulture Director Gustavo Aviña will lead the group in a discussion about the climate, soils, precise farming, and clonal selections each employs to produce high quality wines, all while sipping the wine grown right here.

Guests will be greeted with coffee and pastries before embarking on a 90-minute tour with tastings of the Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignons from each winery. Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2020, will present FAY Estate-Grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Pine Ridge Vineyards will present its acclaimed Fortis Cabernet Sauvignon, among other wines. Please wear appropriate clothes and shoes as this event includes a walk through our hillside vineyard.

Limited to 50 guests · 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM