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About Burgess Cellars

At almost 1000 feet far above the valley floor, a visit to Burgess Cellars starts with a panoramic view of Napa Valley. Family owned and crafting wines with mountain distinction since 1972, we look forward to sharing our story and wines with you.

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Burgess Cellars has been family owned and creating wines with mountain distinction since 1972 on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley.

When our founder Tom Burgess purchased the 1870’s era winery in 1972 he established himself as a pioneer of mountain side wineries. At the time, there were only approximately 2 dozen wineries in operation in the whole of Napa Valley and he saw the potential of mountain vineyards to produce wines that evoke the French concept of terroir: that the grapes, and thus wines, should reflect the vineyard’s soil, exposure, and overall micro-climate.

Today, the second generation is building on Tom’s legacy. Brothers Steven Burgess and James Burgess took over as President and Vineyard Manager respectively. In 2013, Winemaker Kelly Woods, a UC Davis graduate, completed the new team, and together the trio has fined-tuned the vineyards and cellar to highlight mountain grapes. The new direction of the estate is taking Burgess Cellars to the pinnacle of Napa Valley wine quality.

At almost 1000 feet, far over the valley floor, we produce wines from our two estate hillside vineyards, Winery Ranch Vineyard and Haymaker Vineyard. Our hillside grapes tend to be smaller, with more concentrated flavors and tannins, varietal intensity and excellent aging properties.

A visit to Burgess Cellars begins with a panoramic vista that offers real perspective on the Napa Valley. One can see the length of the Mayacamas range, from Calistoga to the hills beyond Napa. We present our wines in our cellar, where you are surrounded by barrels. Please contact us to make a reservation. Tastings are by appointment only. We would love to share our wines with you!

features Notable Features
  • Architectural Appeal
  • Boutique Winery
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Owned
  • Hand-crafted
  • Historic Building
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Limited Production
  • Pet Friendly
  • Scenic View
  • Sustainable
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • By Appointment Only
  • Cellar Tours
  • Complimentary with Purchase
  • Napa Neighbor Participant
  • Reservation Required
  • Wine Club
  • Wine Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Grenache
  • Malbec
  • Petite Sirah
  • Petit Verdot
  • Red Table Wine
  • Syrah
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors5 Star Average Rating
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Misha L. Member Since 7/8/2017
Tasting in the Cellar on 7/16/17 10:00 AM

This winery is simply amazing. Everything we tasted was delicious, solid, balanced and the quality of wine I expect in Napa. The view is gorgeous and our host made the experience personal and fun. This is the kind of experience so look for.

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Kenneth G. Member Since 7/1/2017
Tasting in the Cellar on 7/03/17 12:00 PM

wow, loved the all the wine but the highlight was, that each single varietal wine was full of enjoyable distinct flavor profiles my tastebuds were having a party

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Lori K. Member Since 6/20/2017
Tasting in the Cellar on 6/24/17 3:00 PM

They miss prime attention to the lake behind them. We are stuck in a dark room, while the beautiful water behind us, outside is just waiting to be viewed. I felt rushed and the presentation was haggard.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Brian B. Member Since 6/24/2017
Tasting in the Cellar on 6/24/17 2:00 PM

Very nice experience!

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First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Barbara B. Member Since 10/10/2011
Tasting in the Cellar on 6/17/17 2:00 PM

Cindy is great. Knowledgeable, friendly and fun. Loved the wine. We had a great time

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Alex M. Member Since 6/14/2017
Tasting in the Cellar on 6/14/17 1:00 PM

It was such a beautiful vineyard. The wines really did have more of a bold flavor. Loved our host! She was super knowledgeable and made the experience great.

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Andrew S. Member Since 4/24/2015
Tasting in the Cellar on 6/03/17 2:00 PM

Overall impressed with this boutique winery on Howell mt. Their staff is friendly, have a great wine selection of mostly reds and available at a reasonable price for the quality. Enjoy with a small group of friends and enjoy a friendly casual atmosphere.

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Hilary M. Member Since 4/12/2017
Tasting in the cellar on 5/10/17 2:00 PM

The setting was stunningly beautiful. The wine was interesting -- completely different from others tasted in Napa County. The staff person was nervous or something to the point that she detracted from the experience

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Katherine M. Member Since 4/27/2017
Tasting in the Cellar on 5/06/17 10:00 AM

Great wines and overall experience!

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Kyra B. Member Since 4/7/2017
Tasting in the cellar on 5/05/17 2:00 PM

We had a wonderful time at Burgess and the wines were spectacular. Surprisingly we got to taste a chard and rose and they were both delicious!

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Catherine M. Member Since 4/22/2017
Tasting in the Cellar on 5/04/17 1:00 PM

Cindy was very informative and great. Very relaxed and enjoyable experience.

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Kevin F. Member Since 10/14/2013
Tasting in the cellar on 5/01/17 3:00 PM

Really beautiful location and winery. Wines were great. Shipping plan is the best.

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John B. Member Since 1/22/2017
Tasting in the cellar on 4/17/17 3:00 PM

We had a very good tasting experience, the host was very helpful and provided us with several types of wines. The wine is very good and not over priced.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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James A. Member Since 1/8/2013
Tasting in the cellar on 4/21/17 10:00 AM

Mike was awesome. Great wine, i have a ton of Burgess in my collectiin.

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Amanda G. Member Since 4/12/2017
Tasting in the cellar on 4/12/17 2:00 PM

Great wines. Loved the rose. I always enjoy the aged wines that Burgess offers. Great winery with fantastic juice!

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Samantha M. Member Since 4/5/2017
Tasting in the cellar on 4/13/17 3:00 PM

I can't say enough good things about Burgess Cellars. This was our third and last winery of the day and we are so glad it worked out like that. They have a beautiful mountain view, and the best vibe - not to mention the amazing wine. We all felt right at home and thoroughly enjoying spending time here learning about the Burgess Cellars wine. A must for those traveling to Napa.

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Charles A. Member Since 3/27/2015
Tasting in the cellar on 4/13/17 12:00 PM

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Caroline H. Member Since 3/2/2017
Tasting in the cellar on 4/07/17 12:00 PM

I am so glad my group decided to come here. I loved that we got to stand out on the patio and get a history of the place and a description of the process and gorgeous view. Everything tasted amazing. Our host, Cindy, was fantastic, nice, and did a great job. My husband and I became wine members and are so excited for future shipments and visits. Very dog friendly which was appreciated

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Edward G. Member Since 2/10/2017
Tasting in the cellar on 3/27/17 10:00 AM

Great tasting Great views Professional yet fun A little off the main drag but well worth the trip

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Darlynn J. Member Since 5/15/2015
Tasting in the cellar on 3/25/17 10:00 AM

The staff at Burgess was knowledgable and extremely accommodating. They made us feel like part of the family . Since this is a small private winery, we had the entire place to ourselves and the full attention of the staff, who had a wealth of understanding of both wine and Napa valley history. The wines themselves were also fantastic and reasonably priced. A great way to start our trip!

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Jim H. Member Since 8/26/2015
Tasting in the cellar on 3/19/17 2:00 PM

Great experience. Would recommend it highly. Wonderful setting in Howell Mountain on a hillside.

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Aylin U. Member Since 3/6/2017
Tasting in the cellar on 3/06/17 1:00 PM

We love Burgess Cellar wines and are members. I have been to tastings 3 times. Usually the tastings are calm and a bit quiet (which I prefer). Our host showed us some interesting features of tasting/smelling wine which we had never experienced before.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Katie M. Member Since 2/4/2017
Tasting in the cellar on 2/27/17 12:00 PM

We had a fantastic time at Burgess. The unique experience of tasting different 100% varietals was the highlight of our trip! The attention to our questions made such a great tasting.

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Tj S. Member Since 2/13/2017
Tasting in the cellar on 2/19/17 11:00 AM

Very understated, intimate and old school. It's very soothing to be in the barrel room in small groups. Great wine!

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Colin B. Member Since 9/25/2012
Tasting in the cellar on 11/03/16 3:00 PM

Mike gave us a great tasting and then we were joined by Steve Burgess the owner - an excellent visit

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Al P. Member Since 9/30/2016
Tasting in the cellar on 10/05/16 1:00 PM

It was a great venue. The staff was very friendly and engaging. The presentation was down to earth and didn't intimidate you you like some others.

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John R. Member Since 10/18/2016
Tasting in the cellar on 10/18/16 11:00 AM

Very disappointed, we have visited Burgess many times over the years and this time it seemed so different. We will not be coming back.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Dale P. Member Since 10/17/2016
Tasting in the cellar on 10/17/16 1:00 PM

Had a great experience. Wonderful wines and views. What a gem!

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Renee S. Member Since 9/10/2016
Tasting in the cellar on 9/10/16 11:00 AM

We thoroughly enjoyed our tasting at Burgess Cellars. Our host, Mike, was knowledgeable, friendly and laid back. The wines were very good and the views stunning. We're looking forward to a return trip!!

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renee J. Member Since 7/29/2016
Tasting in the cellar on 8/28/16 1:00 PM

It ws wonderful Great knowledge with amazing information loved the scenery.

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Denisa P. Member Since 7/31/2016
Tasting in the cellar on 8/13/16 10:00 AM

very nice surroundings - beautiful views hospitable and friendly hosts combination of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon offered

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mark c. Member Since 7/1/2012
Tasting in the cellar on 8/02/16 10:00 AM

We had a good time at Burgess. The wines were good and the tasting room was enjoyable.

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Roland M. Member Since 7/27/2016
Tasting in the cellar on 8/02/16 11:00 AM

Beautiful views, tasty wines, enjoyable wine educator Cindy. A nice stop on Howell Mountain.

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Lori M. Member Since 7/27/2016
Tasting in the cellar on 7/30/16 3:00 PM

Excellent experience. Our hosts were very knowledgable and really helped us understand the wines we were drinking. This winery is a dream and the view is amazing!

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John N. Member Since 6/23/2016
Tasting in the cellar on 7/11/16 10:00 AM

Personal. Views. Friendly. Owner came to talk with us straight from working.

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Sam T. Member Since 6/23/2016
Tasting in the cellar on 6/24/16 12:00 PM

It was a little hard finding the driveway, but once I entered, I knew I had found a REAL winery! The driveway is cut out of stone, the winery and parking lot too! This place is perched on the side of a mountain! The view from the porch is awesome- I could see the patchwork of valley floor vineyards and the Mayacamas mountains across the valley. I tried lots of great red wines in a real cellar.

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