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Chateau Montelena Winery, Calistoga
(3.9/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
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 see Chateau Montelena Winery and other attractions that appeal to you using our Calistoga trip itinerary planner.
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  • We visited Chateau Montelena in October, the tour was great and the place is amazing... our host was great and he knew his job very well. He has passion for what he does. The tour is great as this win...  more »
  • a magical place that transports you to the era, with excellent care, delicious wine, and a beautiful natural environment, will no doubt return.
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  • I had a great time. My wife who prefers sweeter wines did not have that great of time. Person servicing our tasting session had a great knowledge of Cabernet's and made suggestions for my wife. Great ...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Positive surprises: Beautiful place to hang out with a castle and a pond, wine tasting was fun! I loved their Sauvignon Blanc :)
  • Watched the movie years ago and always wanted to go to the winery. I finally went and ended up becoming a member. The wines are excellent the service is great. I highly recommend making Chateau Montelena a place to see. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, as a member I have used the Jade lake islands twice. Once for Father's Day and just used it for Mother's Day.
  • Great wine and worthy of the price for flight of the reserve, which is being discontinued. We has Frank as host and his knowledge of the wines was great and informative. Worthy of your time and a must stop place in the Napa Valley region.
  • A beautiful location with fantastic wines! Historic Chateau Montelena is a must visit if you are in wine country. The grounds are beautiful and scenic which instantly puts you at peace the moment you enter. After you park the first thing you see is the vineyards sprawling away from you into the base of a mountain. Moving toward the Chateau you come across Jade Lake which is given its name by it's deep green color. Finally, the Chateau is as captivating as the pictures describe standing boldly against time and wear. The waiting area for wine tasting has tropical flowers and plants around a Koi pond which continue the inviting feel of the grounds. Once inside you are greeted with the rustic structure enhanced by modern touches of wood and metal. Walking down the hallway to the tasting room a bottle of the 1973 Chardonnay, which won the Judgement of Paris wine competition in 1976, is proudly displayed. The tasting area is private and comfortable with friendly and knowledgeable servers. The wines are excellent ranging from casual to high class. Chateau Montelena focuses mainly on Cabernet Sauvignon as about 75% of their vineyards are these grapes, but of all varietals they produce none disappoint. Chateau Montelena is a must visit for wine enthusiasts touring the region.