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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 9:30am to 4pm 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
  • 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
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Hollis Z. Member Since 12/18/2016
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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Mike H. Member Since 9/12/2016
RESERVED CURRENT RELEASE TASTING on 10/03/16 3:00 PM

I have always enjoyed my visits to Montelena. Whenever I am in the valley this is a must stop for me.

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Lauren S. Member Since 9/12/2016
RESERVED CURRENT RELEASE TASTING on 9/20/16 2:00 PM

We had a fantastic time at Chateau Montelena Winery, our tasting expert gave us an enormous amount of quality information on the winery's history, wines and also about wine in general that helped us. He also provided some useful tips on places to go next, which was great! A gorgeous winery and amazing wines - we're happy to have brought a bottle back with us!

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Frances B. Member Since 9/8/2016
RESERVED CURRENT RELEASE TASTING on 9/19/16 10:00 AM

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience!

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Jay B. Member Since 6/13/2016
RESERVED CURRENT RELEASE TASTING on 9/14/16 10:00 AM

Great wines, great setting, great story. My advice is simple. Work this one into your visit to Napa. Then hit Vincent Arroyo and Lava Vine on your way down south towards St. Helena.

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Bob V. Member Since 6/22/2016
ESTATE TOUR on 9/08/16 10:00 AM

Vince was a great host. The tasting and visit to the estate vineyard were awesome. He patiently answered everyone's questions. I would have liked to have seen more of the winery operations (grape processing and storage).

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Mike W. Member Since 8/5/2016
ESTATE TOUR on 9/01/16 10:00 AM

The winery was even more beautiful then I could ever imagine! The staff was extremely Knowledgeable and super nice, made my wife and I feel like family.... the tour was amazing! PS The wine is delicious!!!

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