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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
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
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Larry M. Member Since 6/27/2017
General Admission 21 + on 7/17/17 4:00 PM

The gondola makes Sterling a 'can't miss' vineyard. In addition, the service is excellent & the vista views from the terrace are spectacular!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Stephen D. Member Since 6/27/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/14/17 1:00 PM

from the parking area it was very unimpressive, but once on the gondola it started to open up and got better. Beautiful ride and view then we were art the top it felt more of a resort than a vineyard. The staff was friendly and helpful. The wines great the entire experience unique and wonderful. Will return!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Caryl S. Member Since 7/15/2017
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 7/15/17 1:15 PM

Awesome arial tram! However silver experience was lacking. We love learning about wines but staff did not stick around for q&a. We were also given incorrect directions to take tasting glasses from silver tasting to the tour. The tour was great but again, not much room to converse with staff.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Erika B. Member Since 7/8/2017
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 7/14/17 10:45 AM

We enjoyed the self guided tour as well as being able to relax at/between stations. Beautiful views and very attentive staff. Great place to tour for visitors new to the Napa Valley.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
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John B S. Member Since 5/27/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 6/28/17 2:00 PM

It was a lovely experience. The tram ride allowed us to see the vineyards and the valley. It was lovely. At the first tasting, though I was surprised. I had written on my form that my wife was no longer able to drink red wine. It seemed to me that if it was important enough for you to ask someone might remember. They knew our names. My wife enjoyed talking with the wine steward a lot. I.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Lacie L. Member Since 7/8/2017
General Admission 21 + on 7/08/17 12:00 PM

Beautiful view, but sparse wine and very quick tour

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
Carrie M. Member Since 5/20/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/10/17 2:30 PM

Very good overall but a little too focused on trying to sell is into a wine club package. Also thought we would have gotten a little more food with our silver package

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Dion D. Member Since 7/3/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/06/17 3:00 PM

This was my only bad experience in Napa. We were not greeted after arriving off the gondola, we wandered & asked & finally told we were in the right spot (as employees talked). We were given a taste of wine (by a very unprofessional bartender who dropped at least 3 cuss words). I felt like we were annoying them by being at sterling. I have more to say, not enough room to explain how bad:(

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 1 Star Rating 1/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Nick B. Member Since 5/11/2017
General Admission 21 + on 7/07/17 4:00 PM

Due to heat we were told that the tram was not running and that we would be offered a partial refund. The shuttle worked well. The heat also prevented us from sitting on the patio and enjoying more time to take in the views. Something Sterling can not control.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Gabriel C. Member Since 7/3/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/07/17 10:30 AM

Great service and ambiance.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Kathleen O. Member Since 6/28/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/06/17 10:30 AM

Sterling was probably our favorite vineyard out in Napa. We loved the tram up to the building. We did the Silver Experience and were so glad we did. Everything about it was wonderful. From the host to the wines to the tour!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ling C. Member Since 6/21/2017
General Admission 21 + on 7/05/17 2:00 PM

Since it was our first time there it was awesome, the view was beautiful.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Amy R. Member Since 7/3/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/04/17 2:30 PM

Fabulous time and experience!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Grace H. Member Since 7/5/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/06/17 12:00 PM

It was a great experience and provided tasting for a large selection of wines. Absolutely loved it!

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First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Karen S. Member Since 6/25/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/03/17 11:00 AM

Was slightly disappointed in the aerial tram trip. Was expecting better views for some reason! Loved our hostess for the wine pairing. And the food and wine was great. Disappointed in the tour since it was "self-guided" but there was no direction and the signs had minimal information. I didn't learn much.

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
Rebecca R. Member Since 6/21/2017
General Admission 21 + on 7/06/17 4:00 PM

I brought relatives from Michigan to your winery mainly for the experience of the atmosphere, landscape views and the aerial tram. When we arrived we were told the tram was not working due to the heat. I understand that issues arise, but it would have been nice to have had some sort of warning. I would not have come that day and would have rescheduled.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Michelle L. Member Since 6/13/2017
Platinum Experience on 7/02/17 11:00 AM

Everything about our stay at Sterling was amazing. The grounds are beautiful and the staff was super polite. I cannot wait to return my next stay in Napa!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Joanne O. Member Since 6/28/2017
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 7/03/17 10:45 AM

Scenery is gorgeous and the tram ride was lots of fun. Staff was very friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed the wines.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Shachar F. Member Since 7/2/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 7/02/17 12:00 PM

Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed in Sterling. We booked the silver experience and expected to have a selection of cheeses and charcuterie with amazing wine. What we got was three miniature (fingernail size) cheeses and one tiny piece of meat. The wine was good but the tasting amount was much smaller than other vineyards in the area. Honestly, we felt ripped off..

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ed S. Member Since 2/18/2017
General Admission 21 + on 7/01/17 11:30 AM

A different kind of wine tasting experience with spectacular aerial views of the valley, Recommend highly!!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Leah H. Member Since 6/29/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 6/29/17 3:30 PM

Paid for the Silver Experience and was pleasantly surprised with 8 total pours and a flight of 3 tastings with food pairings. This was a good value for the price of the tasting.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Vicki R. Member Since 6/15/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 6/28/17 11:30 AM

It was a lovely experience and we enjoyed viewing the winery and the wines

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Janet B. Member Since 6/27/2017
General Admission 21 + on 7/01/17 1:00 PM

Sterling has always been one of my favorite wines, I had not been to the winery in MANY years. I enjoyed the walking/spread out tasting aspect of the tour, but was disappointed in not being able to try (and share with out of town guests) more wines. I had bragged about your chard and we weren't able to taste it. tour was difficult for the older members, who had planned to taste but had to walk to

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Charles S. Member Since 5/17/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 6/27/17 10:30 AM

The server, Don, didn't seem to have his head in the game. Management didn't seem to care. What a waste.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Marnee S. Member Since 5/19/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 6/26/17 10:30 AM

Loved the gondola ride and the scenery. The servers were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The tour was interesting and we liked that we could read about the process without a guide. Beautiful winery!!

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Debbie B. Member Since 6/24/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 6/25/17 1:30 PM

Poor customer service with the silver experience. The cheese plate was a joke. Do not spend the extra money not worth it.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Jill V. Member Since 6/26/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 6/27/17 3:30 PM

The Gondola ride was beautiful. Anna was very nice and had lots of information about the area and building. We were on the Silver Plus Tour and loved the tastings, but the push for the wine club was a little much. When we did agree there was a huge fiasco with my credit card that took a very long time to clear up (there are still charges pending that need to be removed 3 days later).

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Patricia D. Member Since 6/2/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 6/25/17 1:00 PM

Wonderful views, friendly staff and very tasty wines!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Derek G. Member Since 6/20/2017
General Admission 21 + on 6/22/17 4:00 PM

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Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Steve N. Member Since 6/23/2017
General Admission 21 + on 6/23/17 3:30 PM

Did the standard tour. Wines were ok. Only tasted two reds. Facility is large and industrial. Patio at the end was very nice. But you can't revisit any of the previous wines. 32 dollars to taste 4 wines is very steep even by Napa standards.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Laura D. Member Since 6/14/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 6/23/17 11:30 AM

Had a wonderful time very relaxing and informative. Love your wines

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Lori H. Member Since 9/11/2015
General Admission 21 + on 6/21/17 10:30 AM

The gondola ride and operators were friendly and helpful. The self guided too expensive and not worthwhile. The employees on the walking tour wine and tasting stops were not friendly and not knowledgeable at all. They were not able to answer any questions. They didn't act like they even liked working there. The one and only exception was the lady working in the gift shop. She was helpful.

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
Rebecca N. Member Since 6/15/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 6/20/17 12:00 PM

Wonderful touristy attraction! The gondola and views were wonderful and the wines were lovely.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Carolyn T. Member Since 6/16/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 6/20/17 12:00 PM

Beautiful vineyard with gorgeous views of the Napa Valley. A great tram ride to the vineyard was an added bonus. The tour was great and had different wine options at every step of the tour! Would go back again for sure!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Nicole F. Member Since 5/19/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 6/19/17 11:30 AM

Very welcoming and informative! Enjoyed our 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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Nitin G. Member Since 6/17/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 6/17/17 3:30 PM

Thanks a lot Sterling for awesome experience. I am looking forward to my next consignment of awesome wines of theirs as proud Sterling wine club member.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Suzanne M. Member Since 6/15/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 6/16/17 12:00 PM

Beautiful view and scenery. Nice wine. HOWEVER... I felt like I paid for a sales pitch. We signed up for the "Silver" experience which was $49 each. I had no issue with paying for the experience, but it turned into a big sales pitch to join their wine club following the tasting. Last time I had been there it was free and had nice stuff in their gift shop. Now primarily wine in gift shops.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Kelly C. Member Since 4/3/2017
General Admission 21 + on 6/17/17 4:00 PM

This was the worsttours. The tram wasn't running so instead of a refund were forced on a bus. The wine pourings were the smallest of any tour, but that's not the worst part. There was a family with 16 kids who were running around the halls screaming. 1 had a Gatorade bottle he was spiking on the ground into crowds. Hit me in back and have felt terrible since. The shuttle back took hour to returm

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Sterling Vineyards
1111 Dunaweal Lane
Calistoga, CA 94515
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