The Story of Stagecoach

This rugged terrain first made history in the 1800s, when the gentleman bandit Charles Earl Bowles, known as Black Bart, robbed the daily stagecoach that traveled over the hill from St. Helena to Monticello. Early German settlers discovered the well-drained soils and perfect growing conditions, and their grapes brought some of the highest prices in the Napa Valley. Soon a nearby luxury mineral spa was attracting visitors from San Francisco and beyond. But by the early 1900s the increased deer population devastated the vineyards and by Prohibition viticulture was abandoned on these hills.

The Story of the Water Witch

Over 80 Wineries
use our fruit in their wines
Over 30 Wineries
use the Stagecoach name on their labels
Over 25 Wineries
make vineyard designate wines with our fruit
Alpha Omega Winery
Arrow & Branch
Atlas Peak/Accolade Wines
Bennett Lane Winery
Biale Estate
Black Stallion (Delicato)
Blackbird Vineyards
Bougetz Cellars
Bressler Vineyards
Brookman Wines
California Cult Classics
California Wine Works
Caymus Winery
Celani Family Vineyards
Chappellet Winery
Chateau Montelena
Chateau Bu-De
City Winery
Clos Pegase
Darioush Winery
Delta Packing Company
Dutcher Crossing Winery
Elizabeth Spencer
Ellman Family Vineyards
Entrepreneur Wines
Fantesca Estate
Fess Parker/Epiphany
Flora Springs
Gamling & McDuck
Hertelendy Vineyards
Hess Collection
Jackson Family Wines (Cardinale and Freemark Abbey)
JC Cellars
Jean Edwards Cellars
Kale Wines
Kobalt Wines
Krupp Brothers
Krutz Family Cellars
Ledson Winery
Llamas Family Winery
Louis Martini Winery
Macauley Vineyards
Mark Herold Wines
Maze Wines
Merryvale Vineyards
Miner Family Winery
Orin Swift
Parador Cellars
Patland Estate
Pott Wines
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Quill Wines
The Prisoner
Rutherford Hill
Sequoia Grove
Seven Stones
Tom Eddy Winery
Venge Vineyards
Vice Versa Wines
West Edge Wines
Williamson Wines
The Wine Foundry
World's End
Y Rousseau
List of Vineyard Clones
Varietal Clone
 Cabernet Franc17
 Cabernet Franc214
 Cabernet Franc312
 Cabernet Franc327
 Cabernet Franc332
 Cabernet Franc628
 Cabernet FrancSanders
 Cabernet Sauvignon2
 Cabernet Sauvignon4
 Cabernet Sauvignon7
 Cabernet Sauvignon8
 Cabernet Sauvignon15
 Cabernet Sauvignon169
 Cabernet Sauvignon191
 Cabernet Sauvignon337
 Cabernet Sauvignon341
 Cabernet Sauvignon412
 Cabernet Sauvignon685
 Cabernet Sauvignon5197
 Cabernet Sauvignon29 (Niebaum-Coppola)
 Cabernet Sauvignon30 (See) + rootstock
 Cabernet Sauvignon31 (Mondavi – To Kalon) + root stocks
 Cabernet Sauvignon685/31
 Cabernet SauvignonSee
 Cabernet SauvignonWeimer
 MarsanneTablas Creek
 Petite Sirah4
 Petit Verdot2
 Petit Verdot400
 Petit Verdot1058
 Sauvignon Blanc1
 Sauvignon Blanc6
 Sauvignon Blanc18
 Sauvignon Blanc28
 Sauvignon Blanc30
 SyrahTC-A (99)

In 1991, Dr. Jan Krupp saw an ad in the San Francisco Chronicle selling a Napa Valley property with good water and soils. His interest grew when, on his first site visit, he noticed a few old vines, perhaps 100 years old. With the help of a few good friends, he began developing the property in 1995, defying what many local experts had claimed was an impossible task. It took seven years to clear more than one billion pounds of volcanic rock.

Then there was the issue of water, which hadn’t yet been found on the arid land. Jan hired a world-renowned geologist, who identified five potential locations. Drill to 300 feet, he advised, and when no water was found he recommended against purchasing the property. Instead of quitting, Jan hired a “water witch” who walked the property with her apparatus of two copper divining rods, stopping abruptly at one spot. Drill here, she said. At 400 feet, an underwater stream was found, as well as water at the five places identified by the geologist, but at the witch’s recommended depth.

In 2016, the E. & J. Gallo Winery purchased Stagecoach Vineyard. Today, with over 600 acres planted to vines, the Cabernet-focused Stagecoach is the largest contiguous vineyard in the Napa Valley. The 1,300+ acres of rocky, volcanic terroir extends from the south-eastern of Pritchard Hill area overlooking Oakville and Yountville to the westernmost regions of the Atlas Peak appellation.

In addition to its stature as a premium vineyard, Stagecoach’s rugged beauty is home to several indigenous flora and fauna. Among the sprawling acres of thriving vines and volcanic chaparral slopes are the gnarly remnants of an old vineyard created by the area’s first settlers. And the storied Water Witch’s Well lies near the vineyard entrance to Stagecoach Vineyard, evidence of the powerful union of luck and perseverance that made this place possible. The spirit of Black Bart – who intimately knew and rode this verdant backcountry – is clearly still at home.