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About Sterling Vineyards

Stunning Views, Brilliant Wines, Experience Sterling.

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Perched 300 feet above the town of Calistoga, Sterling Vineyards offers panoramic views of Napa Valley. An aerial gondola carries visitors up the hill to the winery, whose architecture was modeled after that of the Greek island of Mykonos, where Sterling founder Peter Newton once lived. The brilliant white stucco stands out dramatically against the rugged Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges that flank each side of Napa Valley. The winery’s towers house eight bells from London’s Church of St. Dunstans-in-the-East, originally founded in the 10th century. The church was , destroyed by fire in 1666, rebuilt, then destroyed again during the bombing of WWII. Visitors can see works by Renoir, Chagall, Picasso and photographs by Ansel Adams. Walkways, balconies, and motion-sensitive DVD screens allow guests to take a self-guided tour of Sterling Vineyards’ winemaking facilities. Outdoor terraces and tasting rooms provide the perfect environment to enjoy a single-vineyard Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the famous “Three Palms Vineyard” and Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the “Bear Flats Vineyard.” Harry Hansen is the veteran Wine Maker. *RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED- WALK-INS ARE WELCOME*

Please note- Tickets for kids age 3-20 are $15 and currently need to be purchased at the lower wine shop when you check in.

features Notable Features
  • Architectural Appeal
  • Art on Display
  • Corporate Events
  • Food Service
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • Large Groups (6-12)
  • Large Groups (12-20)
  • Patio Tasting
  • Public Tasting Room
  • Wine Club
  • Wine Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Petite Sirah
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Noir
  • Riesling
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Shiraz
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors5 Star Average Rating
Overall Score 4 Star Overall Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star First Impression Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Hospitality Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Ambiance Rating 4/5
mimi l. Member Since 7/11/2017
General Admission 21 + on 8/16/17 3:30 PM

Quick ride on the tram in the late afternoon, with a beautiful view of the surrounding area. We were directed to a special tasting area, as members of the Founders Club, and had a relaxed and very enjoyable tasting of lovely Sterling wines. Did not feel rushed or pressured in any way, unlike the experience in some other Napa wineries.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Karen R. Member Since 7/18/2017
General Admission 21 + on 8/14/17 10:30 AM

warm and beautiful. tram was great

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jennifer S. Member Since 8/13/2017
General Admission 21 + on 8/13/17 4:00 PM

The views are outstanding during parts of the Silver tour. If I could go back I would make sure that I had the top tier tour without a doubt to increase the pleasure of the ambiance from the place. This is a very professional winery and well worth a visit.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Michael m. Member Since 7/25/2017
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 8/11/17 10:45 AM

Incredibly beautiful setting up on the hill. Views are magnificent. The tour was wonderfully setup, going from level to level. The staff was very cheerful and, I should say, really great wine.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Katherine H. Member Since 8/6/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 8/12/17 3:00 PM

Professional staff, good traffic flow of people, gorgeous views.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Russell W. Member Since 6/27/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 8/11/17 3:30 PM

Sterling put on a great show for our group. Becuase the winery does something so unique and different with the gondola ride up the mountain, it ranks it a the top of our list of winery visits last week. Friendly staff and great wines.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Michael H. Member Since 8/9/2017
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 8/09/17 1:45 PM

Loved the cable car ride up to the winery, especially the red carpet on getting out of the car. The wines were fantastic, and we did buy a few bottles.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jocelyn G. Member Since 8/10/2017
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 8/10/17 3:45 PM

There was excellent customer service with very knowledgeable staff. The view was amazing from the tram and the terrace and the vibe was very serene and relaxing, great to unwind.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Emanuel T. Member Since 5/20/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/05/17 3:00 PM

We brought our kids because we were told that it was family-friendly. And it was! The location is great, The people are great. And, the wine is great. All around great experience.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Marissa S. Member Since 7/31/2017
General Admission 21 + on 8/07/17 1:00 PM

Staff was great! Really wish there were other nibble options, especially for one- but I suppose most people come as two:)

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Stephen F. Member Since 8/4/2017
General Admission 21 + on 8/05/17 12:30 PM

Beautiful winery and views from the mountain.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Wayne G. Member Since 7/28/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/31/17 3:00 PM

We are wine drinkers just south of wine snobs so we did not go for the tasting. Our daughter wanted to ride the gondola... Ansel Adams art was a nice surprise.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Crystal D. Member Since 7/23/2017
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 8/04/17 3:45 PM

The venue is gorgeous, the wine is ok, with some tasting better than others (obviously palate differences), but I say go for the gondola experience at least once

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Jacques E. Member Since 7/17/2017
Platinum Experience on 8/04/17 1:00 PM

Awesome experience, thank you Dana.

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First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Matthew M. Member Since 8/4/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 8/04/17 3:30 PM

After a fun tram ride up the hill, my wife and I enjoyed the Silver tasting experience which offered some delicious wines without too much of a sales push at the end. Afterward we continued our own tour and relaxed at the amazing views with wine glasses in hand. We ended up buying a $60 bottle of wine but it was worth it!

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Tamara C. Member Since 7/27/2017
General Admission 21 + on 8/03/17 1:00 PM

It was very frustrating that most of it was under construction while we were there. We only got three measly pours and there was no tour because it was under construction. Other vineyards give way more wine and have a better tour for a lower price. The best part was the gorgeous view at the end but that was NOT worth $30 a person. Would not recommend.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Laura & Charles F. Member Since 5/9/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/29/17 3:00 PM

Upon arriving we enjoyed the scenic ride, however everything else from then on was downhill. The white wines were not properly chilled. Greeting and wine tasting service was not engaging as compared to other wineries we visited. Hence, we did not purchase any wines.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Lauren M. Member Since 7/31/2017
General Admission 21 + on 7/31/17 4:00 PM

It was under construction and staff was not overly friendly. One woman did not even know what wine she was serving. The view was nice but only four small tastings among beeping construction trucks did not make up for it.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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James L. Member Since 7/21/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/26/17 2:30 PM

This is a very nicely appointed venue with a modern feel. I did the Silver Experience for $49. At first I thought it was overpriced, but then discovered additional complimentary tastings of different wines were offered at several other points along the winery tour route. So, I left the winery feeling very satisfied with the experience. The tram is fun and the views are wonderful.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Liana A. Member Since 7/24/2017
General Admission 21 + on 7/30/17 1:30 PM

Nothing good to say.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
James N. Member Since 7/7/2017
General Admission 21 + on 7/30/17 3:00 PM

Beautiful vineyard and the gondola was unique. However, the "self-guided" tour with process descriptions on tv monitors was really underwhelming. Wines were good, but you could tell the servers were working to a script. Maybe if we had done one on the premium tours, I would have a different impression. However, for the same money, the experience at some of the smaller vineyards was richer.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Heleena R. Member Since 7/23/2017
General Admission 21 + on 7/29/17 11:00 AM

Great tour and wine. Kids enjoyed the tram and we enjoyed the views!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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John C. Member Since 5/30/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/28/17 2:30 PM

TRAM and views were great. The Silver tasting left a lot to be desired. A lot like an assembly line. One of the worst tastings we went to all week.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
James O. Member Since 7/17/2017
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 7/27/17 2:15 PM

It was a hot day, nice to have free water available. VIP gentleman was stellar, but then got busy with others. The Tram personnel were friendly. Wine was very good, but beyond the VIP experience, there was no education about the winemaking process, the equipment that was everywhere. Nothing about the new barrel installation, or expansion? Thank you for the glasses but it was not anything special.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
sabrina h. Member Since 7/28/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/29/17 12:30 PM

It felt more like a ride at Disneyland than anything. I was really looking more for a personal one on one tour. You have grown but remember that it's all about the story and the people that work with you. to me it very much felt like a mill. I would have join the castle down the hill if it were not for my husband.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Adam R. Member Since 7/22/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/22/17 2:00 PM

the wait for the gondola was over an hour in the heat. our host pressured us to join the wine club before we had even got our third sip, and I mean sip, because that's all we got. this winery is much to commercialized, we prefer a much more intimate wine tasting. we love to join wine clubs, but this place was a turn off. we gave our silver tickets away and left. waste of time and money

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Nick N. Member Since 6/27/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/26/17 12:00 PM

Beautiful ambiance. Cool tasting area. Wine and service were just ok. Would recommend for some one to try. Tram is a really unique feature

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Robyn H. Member Since 7/5/2017
General Admission 21 + on 7/27/17 3:00 PM

I really enjoyed the gondola ride, however the rest of the experience was very mediocre compared to other wineries in the area. The "tour" was lacking a personal touch. I felt as if we were just being shuttled throughout the facility without anyone ever discussing wine or the property with us. We left with no interest of returning or purchasing wine. It really is a bummer.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
Phil G. Member Since 8/12/2016
Silver Plus Experience on 7/19/17 12:30 PM

Not your average winery tour. Enjoyed the aerial view from the cable car lift, wandering around the premises was fun, and the wines were solid and interesting. The staff could not be friendlier, and a simple cheese and charcuterie lunch overlooking the valley from the sun-filled terrace made the middle of a hot day extra special.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Lynn F. Member Since 3/18/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/26/17 3:30 PM

No heads up about ongoing construction. Tasting was rushed with no time for interaction with the server. One server during the self guided tour referred to me perjoratively as sweetie and challenged me when I asked to see the label of the pour. Awful experience on my third visit to this winery.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Deb H. Member Since 6/18/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/24/17 11:00 AM

Beautiful views, great wine, friendly staff.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Isaac B. Member Since 10/6/2016
Silver Plus Experience on 7/22/17 2:00 PM

Kenny G. helped us as part of the Silver Experience. Wonderful time. Excellent wine pairings, and he showed our first time guest a great time. Thank you.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Gary T. Member Since 7/4/2017
General Admission 21 + on 7/21/17 10:30 AM

I belong to the Sterling Wine Club and their tour is one of the most relaxing tours along especially from the patio overlooking the vineyard. And with being a wine club member, they treat you extra special with a premier wine tasting at the end of the self guided tour. My family is still talking about the great time they had! I highly recommend a Sterling visit!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Sarah M. Member Since 9/11/2015
Silver Plus Experience on 7/23/17 10:00 AM

It was an amazing tour. One of our best experiences in Napa!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Susan S. Member Since 7/17/2017
Platinum Experience on 7/22/17 11:00 AM

Very relaxing and beautiful views.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Casey B. Member Since 7/17/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/18/17 10:00 AM

Stunning views, friendly and welcoming staff - all around fantastic experience!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Tony L. Member Since 7/16/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/22/17 11:30 AM

Great setting, good wine and super friendly staff. Not too pushy on selling.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Margaret A. Member Since 7/16/2017
General Admission 21 + on 7/22/17 1:30 PM

The self-guided standard tour was nothing much. You get to look at steel tanks and oak barrels while a short movie explains the winemaking process. Waiting in line in 97-degree heat for a tram ride that takes less than four minutes was also kind of a drag. I enjoyed most of the wines I tasted, though, and bought two bottles to take home. But I wouldn't be in a hurry to go back.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Mia H. Member Since 7/17/2017
Platinum Experience on 7/22/17 12:00 PM

It was my second time at Sterling and I had a blast. I took my cousin and sister along and they both had a wonderful day. The new Platinum Experience was amazing! I learned some history about the vineyard and also discovered some great food and wine pairings. Dorothea was an absolute gem! She was knowledgeable and personable. Would definitely go back and do the Plantinum experience again!

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Mackenzie H. Member Since 6/2/2017
General Admission 21 + on 7/17/17 12:00 PM

We had a lot of tastings on the silver experience which was great! We could have used more chcarcurerie during the tasting for the price we paid for the silver. The tram was definitely the highlight, the self guided tour was so-so.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Sterling Vineyards
1111 Dunaweal Lane
Calistoga, CA 94515
Today 8/20 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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