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Chateau Montelena Winery

1429 Tubbs Lane
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-5105

Tasting:   Open daily 9:30 to 4 pm
Tasting fee $15 & $40 for Library Tasting
Libary Tastings offered three times daily, call for reservaton
  Scheduled Tours
Special Estate Tours & Tasting Programs
  Tours are self guided
Price Range:   $20 to $105 per bottle
Established:   1972
Vineyards:   113 acres
  36,000 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes
Winery Dog:   Monte (cat)

Chateau Montelena Winery Description

In 1882, the stone castle of Chateau Montelena was built, and within a few years the facility was producing up to 50,000 cases of wine a year. Today, after decades of impressive wine history, the Chateau still stands among the wooded hillsides, welcoming visitors with its extensive offerings of winery tours and tasting programs.

Graperadio interview with the winemaker

The setting is one of the most peaceful in the Napa Valley – a stone castle carved into a hillside overlooking a Chinese garden, a lake, and vineyards reaching out to the base of Mt. St. Helena. (In keeping with the times, solar panels supply most of the power needs at the winery.)

The modern history of the winery began in 1972 under the leadership of James Barrett, who replanted the aged vineyard, brought in modern winemaking equipment, and started producing wines that received international attention.

In 1976 Chateau Montelena put California at the forefront of the wine world by taking first place in the famous “Judgment in Paris” tasting at the Inter-Continental Hotel. Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay rated above all the other white wines there.

The historic tasting room and cellar provide a lovely venue for experiencing some wonderful wine-tasting options. In addition to the regular current-release tastings, a “Library Tasting” is offered three times a day in the intimate stone-walled Library Room. A more in-depth tasting is their “Estate Tour and Tasting,” is also available.

The winery produces rich white and red wines including Riesling, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a blend with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Wine club members are invited to experience the private gardens, lake, Bocce Ball court and picnic facilities. See Calistoga Vacations.

Chateau Montelena Winery Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Off the Beaten Path
Historic Features
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Picnic Sites- Superior
Event Space
Wine Education Seminars
Gift Shop
"Green" Technology
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Chateau Montelena Winery Reviews

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chappkg, Broomfield
What can one say? Truly a beautiful place to visit while in Napa. Should be a must stop. I found the staff all very down to earth and friendly. Bo even stopped to take our group picture for us. The wine made the tasting fee pretty much worth it. The estate cab is the best.

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TylerBC05, San Rafael
Chateau Montelena was a must visit for me after hearing countless stories of its famous Paris win. At least the place doesn't try to be too showy. The tasting room is in a nice building covered by a towering grove of trees. The grounds were well laid out and the architecture of the estate blends well into the hillside. Walking into the tasting room however, I got a sort of snobby vibe, a look but don't touch attitude, and a feeling like everyone, especially the staff, was way too serious. The tasting was rather expensive, but hey, it's a Napa Valley landmark. Their Cabernets are just as good as their Chardonnay, and I'm glad I got to at least check the place out. Looks like they have a stellar private tasting room for high-rollers. Nonetheless, I prefer to have a more relaxed and convivial atmosphere when I go tasting. Wine is supposed to be fun!

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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