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About Chateau Montelena Winery

If you are interested in making a reservation to visit within the next 48 hours please call the winery at (707) 942-5105. Please note that Current Release Tastings are available with no reservations on a walk-in basis 9:30 am to 4:00 pm daily.

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A must for wine lovers seeking excellence, the setting is one of the most peaceful in the Napa Valley - a stone castle carved into a hillside overlooking a Chinese garden and lake and vineyards reaching out to the base of Mt. St. Helena. Historic Napa Valley winery best known for elegant, age-worthy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, and whose Chardonnay won the famous 1976 Paris Tasting.

Our Mission: Make the best. Period.

In 1976 Chateau Montelena put California's Napa Valley at the forefront of the wine world. That year a who's-who of the French wine and food establishment gathered for a grand tasting at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Paris. Four white Burgundies were tasted against six California Chardonnays. When the scores were tallied, the French Judges were convinced that the top-ranking white wine was one of their own. In fact, it was Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay, rated above all other wines.

The results proved that Chateau Montelena could produce some of the world's finest wines, and that California's wine industry had come of age. Chateau Montelena has remained committed to producing world class wines in Calistoga, California. Note: California sales tax is included in the price for all tours and tastings.

features Notable Features
  • Architectural Appeal
  • Art on Display
  • Corporate Events
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Gardens
  • Hand-crafted
  • Historic Building
  • Limited Production
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • Napa Neighbor Participant
  • Public Tasting Room
  • Reservations Recommended
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Vineyard Tours
  • Wine Club
  • Wine Tasting
  • Winery Futures Program
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
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Karen S. Member Since 8/16/2017
WINERY TOUR on 8/16/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful grounds, lovely wine, and the very educational!

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Liezl T. Member Since 7/13/2017
CURRENT RELEASE by Appointment AM on 8/12/17 10:00 AM

We came here for a bachelorette party and it was such a gorgeous location. We had a private tasting and our host Aaron was so energetic and knowledgeable. We had a blast and everything was perfect. Aside from the wine being exceptional, the people also were so warm and friendly. I definitely plan coming back again to visit next time I am in the area.

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Robin H. Member Since 7/29/2017
WINERY TOUR on 8/01/17 10:00 AM

Upon arrival immediately welcomed made to feel comfortable. Very informative tour appreciated the informative facts beautiful grounds. It was our favorite tour while in Napa area

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Katherine B. Member Since 6/17/2017
WINERY TOUR on 8/08/17 10:00 AM

We had a great morning tour with Kevin. The history of the Chateau along with walking the property and tasting the wines made for a great experience. One couple in our group are serious about wine. This experience blew them away. Looking forward to visiting again and enjoying the events you host around the country now that I am a wine club member.

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Cheryl K. Member Since 7/6/2017
WINERY TOUR on 7/24/17 10:00 AM

We had a wonderful tour and tasting. Very informative!! Enjoyed the wines!!!!

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Bryan A. Member Since 6/24/2017
WINERY TOUR on 8/02/17 10:00 AM

Fantastic in all regards

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Carrie B. Member Since 7/27/2017
CURRENT RELEASE by Appointment AM on 7/31/17 10:00 AM

It was an incredible experience and our host was amazing and informative.

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Donna S. Member Since 6/14/2017
WINERY TOUR on 7/31/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful grounds.

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Annemarie S. Member Since 6/26/2017
WINERY TOUR on 7/13/17 10:00 AM

The atmosphere was quaint, beautiful and personable.....grateful we did this one as it is higher up in the valley and more private feel to it.

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Natalie S. Member Since 7/9/2017
WINERY TOUR on 7/20/17 10:00 AM

We had an amazing time. The venue is absolutely beautiful. Johnathan was a fantastic host and very knowledgeable.

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Timothy H. Member Since 6/17/2017
WINERY TOUR on 6/28/17 10:00 AM

Was fun to see the building that is in the bottle shock movie.

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Marnee S. Member Since 5/19/2017
WINERY TOUR on 6/27/17 10:00 AM

Gorgeous winery! Ian our guide was fun and knowledgeable. We loved walking around the winery, lake, and Vineyard while sipping delicious wine and learning about the history of the winery and its processes.

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Victor R. Member Since 6/17/2017
WINERY TOUR on 6/19/17 10:00 AM

The property is stunning. The winery was quaint and rustic. We came in for the estate tasting. The wines were superb and the host was very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. My only criticism was that the tasting rooms were loud and bar areas were crowded with people, which took away from the ambiance. Overall, I would recommend the tasting for a more intimate experience

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Harrison M. Member Since 2/14/2017
WINERY TOUR on 6/22/17 10:00 AM

Great

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Graeme C. Member Since 6/6/2017
WINERY TOUR on 6/20/17 10:00 AM

Cole was our guide for the day. Very informative, attentive, and entertaining on our visit. Had a great time touring and sampling. I would suggest this tour for any level of wine enthusiast. Thank you!

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Joyce B. Member Since 4/24/2017
WINERY TOUR on 6/14/17 10:00 AM

Great tour guide, wonderful guided tour of the property and the winery plus a great tasting event!!

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Daniel G. P. Member Since 2/13/2017
WINERY TOUR on 6/01/17 10:00 AM

Outstanding! Ian was our guide and was most knowledgable. By being a Futures Club member, the tour was free. Wine choices were excellent!

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Michelle C. Member Since 2/19/2017
WINERY TOUR on 5/24/17 10:00 AM

Tour guide was knowledgeable and pleasant. Enjoyed tasting the wines as we toured the grounds.

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Steven B. Member Since 10/14/2015
WINERY TOUR on 5/23/17 10:00 AM

Tour cost $50 collected immediately. Beautiful grounds. Tour focused more on the chateau and grounds than the wine making. Offered 5 very small tastes of their wine. Average at best. Wine prices at the winery were 10%-20% higher than my local wine shop plus shipping charges. I would not go back.

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Cindy O. Member Since 3/16/2017
WINERY TOUR on 5/18/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful Chateau & grounds with a wonderful California wine history. I highly recommend the tour as you see all of this beautiful property with a friendly, knowledgeable guide who can answer all your questions. Added bonus you sample wine all along the way!! Wonderful wines!! A must see for anyone visiting the Napa Valley.

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Stan E. Member Since 10/1/2012
WINERY TOUR on 4/27/17 10:00 AM

Lovely tour, and our host was very knowledgeable, the grounds are beautiful. Well worth it.

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Mark S. Member Since 3/26/2017
WINERY TOUR on 4/18/17 10:00 AM

Outstanding tour.

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Lochwood L. Member Since 3/29/2017
WINERY TOUR on 4/19/17 10:00 AM

Not only is this a significant site of Napa history, it is also one of the most beautiful wineries to visit. The building and grounds are nothing short of spectacular, and I highly recommend taking the winery tour to get the full experience. Staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and you will not be disappointed. A must-see for anyone traveling to Napa Valley.

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Angela S. Member Since 4/7/2017
WINERY TOUR on 4/17/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful walking tour of the grounds with a knowledgeable, friendly guide and great wine.

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Quin T. Member Since 2/8/2017
WINERY TOUR on 4/11/17 10:00 AM

I watched BottleShock prior to my visit and it was exciting to see some of the parts where they filmed, particularly in front of the chateau with the barrels piled up. Our tour guide was great and gave a great description of the property and history. The property is beautiful and so are the swans, although the male got a bit frisky with our group. The wine was excellent!

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Karen T. Member Since 1/15/2017
WINERY TOUR on 4/06/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful property, wonderful staff

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Susan K. Member Since 2/7/2017
WINERY TOUR on 4/06/17 10:00 AM

The tour was thorough and included a lovely walk of the grounds and vineyards. Simply stunning.

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Rob M. Member Since 3/5/2017
WINERY TOUR on 3/29/17 10:00 AM

Montelena visit was an amazing tour. The grounds are beautiful, the hospitality and knowledge of our host and wine educators was just stellar. They made it easy to taste and try all their delicious vintages, walk the grounds and ship wine home. Definitely recommend it.

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Karen K. Member Since 3/12/2017
WINERY TOUR on 3/22/17 10:00 AM

Grounds are beautiful. I enjoyed walking the grounds while stopping in spots for tasting with the guide. Informative tour and delicious wine. Very glad I did this!

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Deryck B. Member Since 2/28/2017
WINERY TOUR on 3/20/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful landscape & vineyards to walk through, and the castle in the background makes for some excellent photo ops. The tour guide was young but energetic, and if not for the rain we would have sat outside with the swans for a much longer time.

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Tenae S. Member Since 3/9/2017
WINERY TOUR on 3/15/17 10:00 AM

Wonderful tour of the grounds with a few other travelers from different parts of the country. Fun to get to know them and the history of Chateau Montelena at the same time. And, of course, delicious wines.

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Anna H. Member Since 2/27/2017
WINERY TOUR on 3/09/17 10:00 AM

From the second you step foot on the property to the second you leave you will love it. The wine was fantastic and the guide, Kevin, was the best we had on our trip. This was our favorite out of the 6 top wineries we visited. Worth every second!

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Ryan M. Member Since 8/20/2013
ESTATE TOUR on 1/24/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful property, great hospitality, wines were great!

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Hollis Z. Member Since 12/19/2016
ESTATE TOUR on 1/10/17 10:00 AM

On a cold rainy day in January we were still treated to an excellent indoor tour. Our guide provided a tour of the chateau along with the history of the 3 owners as we tasted 5 wines. Detailed information cards were provided for the 5 wines so we could fillow the guides comments as we sipped.

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Christopher G A. Member Since 3/1/2015
ESTATE TOUR on 12/22/16 10:00 AM

Very enjoyable tour of a beautiful winery. Vincent was knowledgeable and entertaining, the right person for the job.

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Christina N. Member Since 11/20/2016
ESTATE TOUR on 12/08/16 10:00 AM

Our tour lasted 2 hours and could easily have gone longer except that we had to go to another one. The tour guide was captivating, the grounds were unusual and inviting, and the wine was fantastic. We had a wonderful experience, well worth it!

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Hubert W. Member Since 8/16/2016
ESTATE TOUR on 12/08/16 10:00 AM

The property was beautiful, the wines were delicious, and our guide Kevin was phenomenal.

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Jerry S. Member Since 11/16/2016
ESTATE TOUR on 11/29/16 10:00 AM

Excellent winery, employees were very knowledgeable and informative. the grounds were great, looking forward to my next visit for my daughters wedding.

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Jessica B. Member Since 10/17/2016
ESTATE TOUR on 11/22/16 10:00 AM

Beautiful tour, great wine - this winery's connection to the original Napa valley story is what makes this tour unique.

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Bill P. Member Since 8/19/2016
ESTATE TOUR on 11/08/16 10:00 AM

i have been several times before, and I am a cellermaster, but brought a friend along this time, The estate tour was nicely done and the wine selections very nice in the tasting

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