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Madonna Estates - Mont St. John Cellars

5400 Old Sonoma Road
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 255-8864

Tasting:   Open daily 10 to 5 pm
$5 tasting fee
10% case discount
  Organically grown grapes
Price Range:   $21 to $55 per bottle
Established:   1922
Vineyards:   160 acres
  13,000 cases

Madonna Estates - Mont St. John Cellars Description

Located on the corner of Old Sonoma Road and Highway 121 are Madonna Estates and Mont St. John Cellars. The winery has been in the family since 1922, when the property was first purchased by Andrea Bartolucci. The Bartoluccis have been growers and winemakers for more than 80 years, which makes theirs the third-oldest family-run winery in Napa Valley. They raise fruit that is one hundred percent organically grown and dry-farmed on their Carneros District Estate Vineyard.

The Bartoluccis believe that organic farming is much more than withholding the use of chemicals, that it also involves nurturing the soil and plants as well as improving soil fertility. Using the dry-farming method, the newly planted vines are irrigated only until they create an extensive root system. For future moisture, they rely upon natural rainwater only, creating a stronger vine with a deeper, thicker root system. This method stresses the vines and lowers the grape tonnage, producing smaller berries with more intense varietal characteristics.

The family produces Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dolcetto, Barbera, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Muscat Canelli. The tasting room is large and lively, as the winery caters to tour buses.

Madonna Estates - Mont St. John Cellars Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Historic Features
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Dog Friendly
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Private Tasting
Gift Shop
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Madonna Estates - Mont St. John Cellars Reviews

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My favorite so far
ansmom, San Diego
Very knowledgeable staff, our guide was great, funny, nice, and no pressure. The wine is probably the best I had on this trip. We joined the wine club and purchased several bottles of the Reserve Cab, Pinot Noir, and other Cab. We couldn't wait and drank a bottle at the hotel the next night with dinner. The atmosphere is relaxed and positive. I highly recommend this winery and wine, also my first tour of a vineyard and it was great.

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Quaint and one of the best
JDO, South Bay
Our first stop of the day out of 7 wineries and probably one of the best tasting wines around. To experience organic wine like no other - you will taste the difference and quality. The winery itself is not up-scale, but that's besides the point of the great wines they offer. A must visit!!

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Organic Family Operation
Rocko, San Jose
This was our first stop on our trip north and we liked their densely colored and richly flavored Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the Dolcetto and Barbera. The dry farmed vines and organic growing of the grapes seem to give an extra intensity to the wines.

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