Domaine Chandon, Yountville
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Wineries & Vineyards, Food & Drink, Tourist Spots
Combining French experience and Californian grapes, Domaine Chandon produces premium, award-winning still and sparkling wines. The winery grounds are beautifully landscaped and feature ponds, flowers, sculptures, and trees that provide welcome shade during the hot days. Take a tour and see how the wines are made and what makes them special, and then enjoy a tasting. For a complete experience, visit the winery's restaurant, where cuisine is carefully picked to complement the taste of wine. Tours are limited to 18 visitors at a time, so it's best to make an online or phone reservation. Only visitors over the age of 21 can take a tasting tour. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Yountville holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Domaine Chandon and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Great start with a sampling of champagne. Beautiful grounds and a nice place to hang out for a while. Merlot is a bit heavy in the morning so start here first and add a mimosa!
Domaine Chandon was on my list because I've been sucking it down for years. I will admit though, they're a bit too commercial for me now. The entrance to their grounds is really nice and the size and ... read more »
We visited Chandon 3 out of the 5 days we were in Yountville and the staff couldn't be more friendly. We loved the sparkling and still wines as well as the limited amount of food that we sampled. Plen... read more »
Came in a group of 20 for a wedding bachelor/bachelorette type outing. Chris took great care of us and we had a great time. The sparkling wine was really good and we had a really good cheese and meat platter to complement. Really good time for our large group.
While the actual winery is amazing, the service and the wines are lacking. It would be a good idea to make a reservation a day early and get to the winery early because of the lines. If you want a less personal experience, commercial tasting experience; this would be perfect especially for larger groups of 4+ If you are looking to experience some quality sparkling wines, there are better and cheaper places in Napa.
I'm not sure why they chose a swamp to greet guests; Chandon would attract 2x as many club members if they took better care of the property. Staff was very sweet. One of the still wines was nice in the prestige tasting. Mildly decent American "Champagne".
The amount of pink and bubbly items in this place is enough to make a grown man cringe, divorce his wife, sell his house, listen to an album by Prince, and take a bath in the cleansing waters of Lake Minnatonka. This is a bachelorette party/tourist trap of the highest order. My wife and I did the upgraded "still" tasting; were not impressed. I did LOL hard at the staff member who suggested that I elbow the guy on crutches so that we could get a spot at the tasting bar since "he probably wouldn't be able to fight back." For this moment of levity, I decided to add an additional star to my 1-star review.
I left in tears on my honeymoon because one staff member, Melissa, was so rude to me. I have looked forward to visiting Chandon for the last six months. It's one of my mom and my favorite sparkling brands. For years she has told me what a beautiful winery it is and how I really need to visit. Well, my honeymoon would seem like the perfect time, right? We arrived 12 minutes late for the tour, and were immediately told that we could not go on the tour, as we exceeded the time allowed. And I understand that, but asked for a special allowance with the understanding that we would miss a bit of the tour, due to our lateness, but before I could ask, I was told in the snottiest of tones, by Melissa that no, she was just following the policy and I should go buy a bottle and sit outside. So our driver came up and informed the front desk that the tour hadn't entered the cave yet, and asked if could we run to catch up. After a bit more back and forth, we RAN, and did catch up, and it was a lovely tour with a very nice guide and group. It was wonderful. That is where the two stars are given. As we went to pay out, Melissa appeared again to give more attitude and snottiness. After a bit more unnecessary back and forth, and some quite rude commentary from Melissa, I asked for the manager. She was quite rude about that and at that point, refused to tell me her name. I found out her name from another employee working in the gift shop. Fortunately my husband is quite a rational man and he calmed me down, as I was very upset at this point. As I was walking out, I said goodbye to Melissa, calling her by name and she yelled out to me, "You were the one who started it, you were the one who got an attitude first." At that point I started crying and ended up leaving the winery crying. End of the day, the one place that I looked forward to the most made me leave in tears. Happy honeymoon to me. I would not only not recommend this winery to anyone, I would actively discourage them from going. I know it is a busy winery and it doesn't really matter what one person thinks, but I certainly hope they make sure Melissa never makes anyone feel as poorly as she made me feel.
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