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Black Stallion Winery
Former Equestrian Complex now a Winery on the Silverado Trail
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
For decades, the land where the beautiful Black Stallion Winery now resides was home to the sprawling Silverado Horseman’s Center. This superb equestrian complex contained an indoor riding track, a racetrack, riding trails, and an outdoor arena that held 3,000 spectators (Napa resident, film director, and winemaker Francis Ford Coppola filmed a scene for Apocalypse Now in the arena).
Pulling off the Silverado Trail, you’ll head toward the Black Stallion Winery on a drive bordered by 100-year-old olive trees, pale native grasses, and a bevy of Mediterranean plants. Surrounding the winery are the estate vineyards (mostly cabernet sauvignon).
The 20,000 square-foot winery itself is composed largely of stone. The building’s organic materials and liberal use of arches lends an Old California feel to the property.
Once through the massive wooden entry doors, you’ll find a large, high-ceilinged tasting room trimmed with rare mahogany wood. A grand oval-shaped tasting bar holds down the room’s center, and outside is a picturesque terrace with sweeping views of the vineyards. Visitors can stroll through the “petting vineyard” to taste and study various grape varietals.
Black Stallion’s premier wine, Bucephalus—a red-wine blend—is named for the stallion ridden by Alexander the Great in battle.
Amenities: “Petting Vineyard.” Wine Club. Private lounge for wine club member tastings.