Chateau Montelena Winery, Calistoga

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Try the award-winning Chardonnay, along with other delicious wine varieties, at Chateau Montelena Winery. In 1976, the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the Paris Tasting and created a lasting reputation for California winemaking. Today you can explore the 103 hectare (254 acre) property, including vineyards originally planted in 1896 by Alfred Loving Tubbs and replanted in 1972. Enjoy a picnic by the Chinese garden and Jade Lake. The winery offers several different tours, including current tastings, limited-release tastings, and vineyard tours, where you'll learn about Napa Valley winemaking and what makes these particular wines worth tasting. Finally, sample the wines made on site. Wines are available for purchase from the wine shop. Plan to visit Chateau Montelena Winery and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Calistoga attractions using our Calistoga trip planning site .
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  • Best way to describe this beautiful chateau is it was all glamour not glitz. No soul, below average wine, and way too pricey.  more »
  • Located at the northernmost part of Napa Valley, Chateau Montelena Winery thankfully was not damaged by the recent fires that ravaged so much of the wine country in Napa and Sonoma. This winery put Ca...  more »
  • Meet the winery that put American wines on the map was a longtime desire. And the visit is spectacular! The estate is all very beautiful, the landscapes. The tasting was perfect, white wines and red wines of superior quality in an environment finely decorated, very comfortable and very tasteful. We were greeted very friendly and there was always someone to take any questions and tell details about the wines or the company. Spectacular visit!
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  • My favorite winery simply because I love the story. Watch the movie before you visit.
  • Californian vineyard made famous by the movie Bottle Shock. It perhaps knows its reputation precedes it, and offers tastings that cost a little more than at other places. But with their selection of delicious wines, made predominantly from grapes grown on the property (and some bought in), you'll have an opportunity to try some top-notch glasses. Bottoms up!
  • I really enjoy their wines, however I can't say the same about my tasting room experience. I feel bad for even writing this review, but feel it's a must due to the customer service a visiting friend and I received. The sales rep went even as far as calling my friend a "dump bucket". You may have great wines, but there's no reason to treat a consumer with disrespect for having only basic wine knowledge. This was my least favorite tasting during my last Napa trip.
  • I am horrified by the way my husband, son (13 months) and I were treated on March 11th in your tasting room. Prior to entering the room a gentleman at the front entrance greeted us with a smile and exchanged friendly pleasentries with our son. We felt very welcomed and waited while he arranged for our tasting indoors. The lady conducted our tasting Lori was very cheerful and pleasant. We found the tasting experience very informative. Lori even gave my son a rubber duckie to play with. It was very sweet. During the session we noticed other families with small children enjoying the experience. Each of these children were making noises nothing out of the ordinary (after all they are children). Our son was seated in a stroller right next to us and excited to have the attention of others. We were then approached by a gentleman who appeared to be the Manager. He told my husband and I "if your son is going to continue to make noises you may want to take him into that room (an empty room behind us) and close the door so he do not disturb the others!" At first I thought he was joking but he walked away before we could react. We continued with our tasting and my son who was very exited continued to babble and make sounds ( he was excited about his new toy and all the attention from fellow guests) Ten minutes later the assistant manager Jose came over and said that we could go into a private room with our son so he did not disturb the other guests. At this point my husband and I were annoyed. We were almost done our tasting (which we paid $30 each for!) and we're being asked to leave unless our son stopped making noise. I found this ridiculous since there were groups of grown adults making more noise then my son (clearly having one to many to drink) . Jose continued to blast us saying that "it is common sense not to bring a child to a winery!" Which was completely out of line and humiliating in front of others. I can understand if my child was crying, throwing a tantrum or in a fit of rage. None of this happened. Nor did any other patrons complain. I am not sure why we were singled out as other children were present and making noises yet no one else was spoken to or asked to move to a seperate room OR worse asked to leave. I will never go back to this place again nor will I recommend anyone going to this winery. The management is rude and disgraceful!! We have never been treated so poorly and have taken our son to many wineries in and around Napa Valley. If children are not permitted in the winery please notify patrons before they shell out the steep tasting fee. I feel bad for the staff as they were left apologising and embaressed. It is a shame because the grounds are beautiful but the experience left a sour taste in our mouth and we won't ever be going back!!!!
  • Started a day of tasting here right as they opened so there was no crowd and we had lots of good conversation and very friendly and personable service during our tasting.

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