Milestones

1986

Acquiring FAY

Sixteen years after the purchase of S.L.V., Nathan Fay offered to sell his adjoining vineyard to Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.

This was the land where the story of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars began and the vineyard was named FAY in his honor. Originally planted in 1961, it was the first Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard planted in what is now the Stags Leap District.

At the time, the conventional wisdom believed that it was too cool to grow Cabernet Sauvignon this far south in the valley. But Nathan Fay would prove the skeptics wrong and this region, known today as Stags Leap District, would become recognized as one of the world’s best regions for Cabernet Sauvignon.