The distinctive character of Chimney Rock's wines springs from a simple yet extraordinary foundation: The Stags Leap District, Napa Valley's smallest and most acclaimed sub-appellation.
Located along the Silverado Trail in California’s Napa Valley, the Stags Leap District is home to many of the most elegant Cabernet Sauvignons grown on American soil. Pronounced fruit character, gentle but well-structured tannins, and silky texture are the hallmarks of Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon.
Since the Terlato family assumed sole ownership of Chimney Rock in 2004, they have had a clear vision of the potential of this great estate. They have steadfastly supported and shepherded only the highest standards in viticulture and winemaking. The Chimney Rock estate now comprises 119 acres of vineyards divided into 28 distinct blocks, allowing for highly specialized viticulture suited to each specific site.
What starts in the vineyard comes to fruition in the winery. Winemaker Elizabeth Vianna is deeply cognizant and intimately familiar with the estate's vineyards and she fully captures the estate's unique terroir through meticulous vineyard management and careful, artistically minimal winemaking principles.
Visitors to the Chimney Rock estate often compliment us on the beautiful and distinctive architecture of the estate. The distinctive gables and bright white stucco exteriors are signature elements of the Cape Dutch-style of the Western Cape of South Africa. During the evening, the estate buildings are immediately recognizable along the Silverado Trail, and have long been known as the “brightest light” in the Stags Leap District.