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Napa Valley winery on the Silverado Trail, Stag’s Leap District
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
During the 1890s a phylloxera infestation raged through Napa Valley, destroying vineyards and leaving bankrupt or abandoned wineries behind. Over the years many of these 19th century buildings fell into disrepair or were torn down, until eventually few remained.
At Regusci you’ll find one of finest of all such “Ghost Wineries.”
Built in 1878 by Napa pioneer T. L. Grigsby, the three-story winery is made from hand-cut lava stone, has walls two feet thick cut through with arched windows, and was designed to produce more than 115,000 cases annually.
The Gaetano Regusci family purchased the 286-acre site in 1932 and, along with grapes, raised cattle and hogs, and grew corn, prunes, hay, and more. In the 1970s, Gaetano’s son Angelo replanted the property with wine grapes, and in 1996 Angelo’s son Jim established the Regusci Winery. Small lots of premium wines are produced in the original Ghost Winery, where the juice is moved via gravity.
A visit to this gorgeous and historic location is a delight. The tasting room has a modern feel, despite its ancient origins, and the thick walls keep it cool even on a hot summer day.
The stone used to construct the winery was produced by a volcanic eruption millions of years ago.
Amenities: Shaded picnic tables. Gift shop. Estate-produced olive oil tastings.