"Ultimately, of course, it is human intervention that turns a landscape into a vinescape. Selection of plant material, methods of cultivation and, perhaps most important, timing of the harvest have everything to do with how the land is expressed in wines."
—Rod Smith, Unlocking the Secrets of Terroir
Los Angeles Times
Nestled in the fertile hills of Napa Valley's Stags Leap District lie the Ilsley Vineyards. For three generations our family has provided grapes for some of Napa Valley's finest wines. Now after fifty years of farming, we have hand-selected grapes from our hillside vineyards to produce our own Cabernet Sauvignon that we believe captures the essence of the Stags Leap District.
In the 1950's our grandfather Ernest Ilsley purchased forty acres in Stags Leap just off Silverado Trail. By 1962, the Ilsley family bought the adjacent vineyard which was planted with the then popular varieties Carignane and Zinfandel. These grapes were sold to Charles Krug Winery. An off-hand suggestion by Robert Mondavi early in his career resulted in the replanting of the vineyards to produce Cabernet Sauvignon. We are proud of our vineyards and the fruit that they bear.
6275 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
Complimentary vineyard tour by appointment only.