Our Story

The Estate

The original riding area now houses prized wines, instead of prize-winning horses. However Black Stallion Estate Winery carries its heritage forward. The estate’s legacy honors the world-class terroir of Napa Valley, the pioneering spirit of the Silverado Trail, and the Indelicato family’s warm hospitality and generations of wine expertise.


Equestrian Roots – The Silverado Trail

From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, The Silverado Trail was home to cattle and horse ranching. In the 1950s, Richard Tam and Ben Hardister built the Silverado Horseman’s Center covering 32 acres along the southern end of Silverado Trail. The original facility featured an equestrian center with an indoor riding track, 36 horse stalls, and a grandstand for indoor riding events. The property also included an outdoor arena with a grandstand that sat 3,000 people, a half mile race track, recreation buildings, private paddock, riding trails and a stallion breeding center. The center thrived until the 1990s.


Black Stallion Winery

In October 2005, Exclusive Estates Wine Group purchased a portion of this original parcel and began production on a state-of-the-art winery that opened in July 2007. Inspired by the early history of the arena and the equestrian center that once thrived on the property, the winery was named Black Stallion Winery. Today, the original building that housed the indoor riding track sits directly behind the tasting room and wine cellars and is used for the winery’s wine production.

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History of Silverado

Meet the Family

More than a century ago, Gaspare and Caterina Indelicato immigrated from Sicily to the United States. Twelve years after arriving in America, with little to draw on but a long family history of grape-growing and an entrepreneur’s gift for seizing opportunity, Gaspare entered the wine trade.

In 1924, he planted a vineyard in Manteca, California, where the climate reminded the couple of their homeland. With it, he planted the foundation of his eventual success in the California wine industry. Since that first vineyard flourished, Gaspare’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have honored his legacy through dedication to his steadfast values of family, hard work and integrity.

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