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Black Stallion Winery

Former Equestrian Complex now a Winery on the Silverado Trail

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Black Stallion Winery on the Silverado Trail Napa Valley tasting roomFor decades, the land where the beautiful Black Stallion Winery now resides was home to the sprawling Silverado Horseman’s Center. This superb equestrian complex contained an indoor riding track, a racetrack, riding trails, and an outdoor arena that held 3,000 spectators (Napa resident, film director, and winemaker Francis Ford Coppola filmed a scene for Apocalypse Now in the arena).
Pulling off the Silverado Trail, you’ll head toward the Black Stallion Winery on a drive bordered by 100-year-old olive trees, pale native grasses, and a bevy of Mediterranean plants. Surrounding the winery are the estate vineyards (mostly cabernet sauvignon).
Black Stallion Winery and sculptureThe 20,000 square-foot winery itself is composed largely of stone. The building’s organic materials and liberal use of arches lends an Old California feel to the property.
Once through the massive wooden entry doors, you’ll find a large, high-ceilinged tasting room trimmed with  rare mahogany wood. A grand oval-shaped tasting bar holds down the room’s center, and outside is a picturesque terrace with sweeping views of the vineyards. Visitors can stroll through the “petting vineyard” to taste and study various grape varietals.

Fascinating Fact:

Black Stallion’s premier wine, Bucephalus—a red-wine blend—is named for the stallion ridden by Alexander the Great in battle.
Amenities: “Petting Vineyard.” Wine Club. Private lounge for wine club member tastings.
Founded: 2007
Signature Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Rose, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio
Wine Tasting: Basic, no appointment necessary. Private tasting rooms available for private events.
Hours: Daily, 10-5 (Closed Holidays)
Black Stallion Winery
4089 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558

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Suzie Rodriguez writes about travel, food, and wine from her home in the wine-country town of Sonoma, California. You can follow her travels and musings at The Culinary Gadabout.

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