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Chateau St. Jean

8555 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, CA 95452
(707) 833-4134

Tasting:   Open daily 10 to 5 pm
Tasting fee $5 & $10 for reserve wines
10% case discount
Price Range:   $13 to $90 per bottle
Established:   1973
Vineyards:   162 acres
VIP Tasting:   Yes
Winery Dog:   Abbey

Chateau St. Jean Description Interview with Winemaker

The chateau at Chateau St. Jean was originally a summer home for industrialist Ernest Goff. Today it is the headquarters for one of the premiere wineries in Sonoma Valley. Under the direction of winemaker Margo van Staaveren the winery has produced a number of memorable wines from the region. “Only the finest -- that says it all," she explains. "From grapes to glass, Chateau St. Jean doesn't compromise on quality, and it shows in the wines."

It also shows in the magnificent gardens that lay between the tasting room and winery operation. Inspired by formal estate gardens in Italy and the Provence region of southern France, the estate grounds are a peaceful place to stroll and relax. As you wind your way through the paths, you are surrounded by colorful flora and lush groundcover punctuated by rare palms and citrus trees. The paths will lead you to one of their two lavish tasting rooms. Be sure to check out the fountains on your way, one situated in front of a nineteenth-century zinc sculpture of St. Jean, the winery's namesake.

Inside is a spacious tasting room with tile floors, wood-beamed ceilings, gourmet food items, a deli, an extensive gift center and a long tasting bar. Across the courtyard sits the Chateau that houses the Reserve Vineyard Room, a smaller space for tasting some of their older wines. There are a number of tasting programs available in addition to their two conventional samplings. There is a Sensory Class, a Wine and Food Pairing Experience, a private VIP Riedel Tasting and the Cinq Cepages Blending Seminar. These programs are for an additional fee and require an appointment.

In addition to the winery’s own vineyards, fruit is sourced from a number of Sonoma Valley vineyards, including the Robert Young Vineyard in Alexander Valley, and independent growers farther south in the Russian River Valley. Wines made include Pinot Blanc, Fume Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and the Grand Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chateau St. Jean Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Historic Features
Country Charm
Hip & Stylish
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Gift Shop - Special
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Food Available
Picnic Sites- Superior
Event Space
Wine Education Seminars
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Chateau St. Jean Reviews

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Great place for a picnic
The grounds were beautiful and that is why we went. We had a coupon for a two for one tasting and had planned a picnic lunch there. The staff was not very friendly and did not tell us much about the winery. They did however, seem interested in selling us a bottle of wine for our picnic and giving us advice on their favorite picnic location.

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Relax and sip
emyann, Santa Rosa
The tasting is overpriced at $10/person. The wines are decent and the staff drolls on about cases produced. The atmosphere is what makes the place. It is like being in France and the grounds are pristine. You can buy a glass of wine and walk around the gardens and sit in Adirondack chairs and just sip and relax.

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Stevie123, San Diego
The wine was great but the staff were rude. I went with a small group of friends and we had a terrible time here. Other wineries were friendly and fun to visit. Will not return.

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briancl, Boulder
Wonderful setting, and beautiful grounds. Gift shop is extensive, and of course the wine was wonderful. Good informative tour.

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Very neat place
Wino, Lake Tahoe
This is a must stop I think when you are in the Sonoma area. Lovely grounds, big bold tasting room and a little deli as well. We are members of their club and spent time in the old mansion where their very elegant reserve room is. A nice place.

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Kinda Stuffy
i love zin, San Fransisco
They make a great selection of varietals. Only dislike is that they are all about quality but don't grow all their own grapes... Not uncommon, I know but it just seems to me that quality starts with growing the grapes. The place is big and can be rowdy I am told, but was subdued during our visit. Good deli. Aside from buying other peoples grapes, I loved their Riesling and highly recommend that you try it!

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