An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a designated, wine grape-growing region in the United States,and has been for the nearly 39 years.  The Augusta AVA surrounds the area in and around the town of Augusta, Missouri, which was the first recognized AVA recognized in the US, gaining their  status on June 20, 1980. Stags Leap’s AVA designation happened in 1989.

It’s now been 30 years since the founding of the Stags Leap American Viticultural Area (AVA) designation, highlighting this specific areas of wine making in the Napa Valley. In celebration of this defining moment in wine grape growing history, the Stags Leap District Winegrowers have announced a schedule of events for its thirtieth anniversary celebration weekend affair. It’s going to be held on Friday through Sunday, April 26 to 28, 2019. Rare library selections, decadent meals, in-depth education, and exclusive vintner access will be the highlight as wine enthusiasts explore the region with the winemakers and principals who craft the wines from vineyard to bottle. Tickets for the event, which are expected to sell out and are only limited to 200 guests, became available online on Thursday, February 14.

In Honor of the Milestone

Stags Leap District Winegrowers will be donating $50.00 of each ticket purchased, benefiting the University of California at Davis’ Nathan Fay Graduate Fellowship Fund. The endowment was established by the Stags Leap District Winegrowers in 2000, as a tribute to district pioneer Nathan Fay, who planted the first Cabernet vines in the region in 1961. The coveted scholarship is awarded each year to one graduate student in the School of Enology and Viticulture.

Schedule for the Weekend

Quick Details, Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Stags Leap District at Vineyard to Vintner Weekend

Friday, April 26, 2019 ~ 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.: Exclusive Vintner-Hosted Library Wine Dinners

Saturday, April 27, 2019 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Digging Deeper: Vineyard Walks, Seminars, and Tastings

Saturday, April 27, 2019 ~ 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: 30th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration

Sunday, April 28, 2019 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Savor SLD

Tickets and Additional Information

This celebratory weekend is limited to just 200 guests. Tickets will be released February 14, 2019. The Friday through Sunday experience (April 26-28, 2019) is $895 per person, which includes access to all the 30th Anniversary at Vineyard to Vintner events. Complete details are available at