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Napa Valley winery in Stag’s Leap District, Silverado Trail
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
This highly-regarded winery got its start in the mid-1960s, when Dick and Christine Steltzner purchased land in the Stag’s Leap District and began growing grapes. To earn an income in those early years, Dick—who had worked for Livermore’s Wente Vineyards in his teens—became a vineyard manager for top-notch vineyards like Clos du Val and Diamond Creek while slowly moving his own wine venture forward.
The first commercial Steltzner release, 500 cases, was in 1977. Today the winery produces about 20,000 cases each year—wines considered by many as among the Valley’s finest.
The second generation of Steltzners, daughter Allison and son Justin, now work full-time in the winery, helping to carry on the family legacy.
The grounds are beautiful, and the tasting room—18,000-square feet of wine caves constructed in the 1990s—is a great treat. The Mediterranean style winery building, which sports a clock tower, dates from 1992, and inside is a gift shop.
Dick Steltzner, who holds a Master’s degree in Fine Arts, was a working artist before turning to winemaking. His artwork can be purchased in the winery’s gift shop.
Amenities: Picnic tables. Gift shop. Wine Club. Wine caves. Daily tours by appointment only.