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Monticello Vineyards

4242 Big Ranch Road
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 253-2802

Tasting:   Open Daily 10 to 4:30 pm
$10 tasting fee
10% case discount
  Tours by Appointment
  Large picnic area
Price Range:   $26 to $48 per bottle
Established:   1982
Vineyards:   110 acres , five vineyards
  15,000 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes

Monticello Vineyards Description

Monticello is located on the valley floor off Oak Knoll Avenue. You will first spot the generous picnic grounds and lawns, then the main winery building. To your immediate right you will no doubt spot the business offices of the winery, with their familiar Palladian-style architecture. The building is based very closely on Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia, complete with identical white pillars, windows and balcony. Jay Corley, the winery’s founder, came to Napa in 1969, planted a vineyard, and in time built his winery; he used the name Monticello to honor one of our country’s greatest statesmen.

The family-run operation farms five vineyards in the Napa Valley. They have taken great care to ensure that the variety, rootstock, clone selection, vineyard spacing and trellis design are matched to the soil and microclimate of each vineyard. The winemaker's hand is used to bring these flavors together into a cohesive whole, protecting and promoting the intense aromatics and presenting a full-bodied, elegantly textured and seamless wine. These ambitious goals have helped create their flagship Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines, as well as their Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Merlot.

The cozy, low-ceilinged tasting room at Monticello is tucked inside the main winery building. The tasting counter is made from elderly barrel staves, and adds a rustic old-world feel to the place. There are some gift items for sale, and you can look through windows in the back into the winery operation. There are some great tasting programs to experience, including wine seminars hosted in the “Jefferson House.” Reserve a seat for their component tasting, the blending seminar, or the reserve tasting.

Weekend Reserve Tastings
Sit-down premium tastings are available in their Reserve Tasting Room with the opportunity to sample limited production lots, older library selections, and still developing barrel wines.

Monticello Vineyards 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
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Picnic Sites
Event Space
Wine Education Seminars
Gift Shop
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Monticello Vineyards Reviews

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Nice wines in a dramatic building
mikesq, Waltham
The building is designed to look like a small version of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello with neoclassical columns and Pediment. There is a large tasting room with a large gift shop. Wines were fruity and very nice. The Pinot Noir had a pretty pale color, an aroma of red berries and a nice flavor. The finish was very good, but somewhat short lived. The Cab had a strawberry aroma, had a somewhat mild flavor, but a very nice finish.

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Jefferson would be proud!
Rocko, San Jose
The tasting room is back from the parking and picnic areas across from the mini-Monticello replica building. The room is cozy with a funky tasting bar that is actually kind of cool. The reds were our favorite, and the Chardonnay was also very flavorful, with a lot of fruit and apple aromas. We ended up staying here quite awhile and recommend a stop. The lawn area is huge.

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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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