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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
Ashley S. Member Since 4/15/2017
General Admission 21 + on 4/15/17 2:30 PM

Overall, I was pleased with my visit to Sterling Vineyards. I enjoyed the wine tasting and the scenic views throughout the winery. I also appreciated that I was able to keep the wine glass from my tasting as a souvenir. The staff was very knowledgable and friendly!

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Le T. Member Since 4/15/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 4/15/17 1:30 PM

Paid $50 each just to ride the gondola for my friends bday and it was down. I wish when I called that morning that I was running late that someone would of informed me about this prior to coming here.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 1 Star Rating 1/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
Kathy W. Member Since 3/1/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 4/15/17 1:30 PM

It was our anniversary and I wanted something special so I booked the Silver Experience that included the romantic gondola ride. When we get there and check in we are told they aren't working and we get to ride a minibus bus with a bunch of other people. No apologies or offer of some other kind of "experience" or raincheck. They simply did not care and thought that was an acceptable substitute.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Shari B. Member Since 4/15/2017
General Admission 21 + on 4/15/17 1:30 PM

I was completely unimpressed with Sterling. When we showed up and checked in the girl helping us simply said that the tram went down that morning and that a shuttle would take us to the top. No apology or offer for refund. I booked that morning online and no mention of no tram. Only reason we went was for that. Drunk, obnoxious visitors and corked wine. Would not recommend and would not return.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 1 Star Rating 1/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
Kenneth S. Member Since 4/12/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 4/15/17 12:30 PM

Gondola was broken. Silver Experience was not worth the price. One ounce (possibly less) pour tastings. The self-guided tour was under renovation.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Brandy C. Member Since 4/9/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 4/09/17 4:00 PM

Beautiful place. Unfortunately we did not get to make our appointment. We are awaiting to see if we can get a refund due to my boyfriend becoming ill right before the gondola ride.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Thomas A. Member Since 2/19/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 4/14/17 10:30 AM

Unique with the tram ride. Beautiful views from the top. Self guided tour is pretty weak, a few signs here and there. No personal tour or explanation of the vineyards, winemaking process, etc. Other tasting/tours were better

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Lynn S. Member Since 4/13/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 4/14/17 2:30 PM

We had a great time visiting Sterling! We spent some time relaxing on the patio enjoying the wine and scenery. Not to be missed.

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
Corina P. Member Since 4/12/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 4/12/17 10:30 AM

Loved tge gondola ride...should have mentioned they were under construction.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Quin T. Member Since 2/8/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 4/11/17 12:00 PM

The lift to the main house is cool and the view is awesome. When you enter the room for the tasting, it is very beautiful and modern, just the way I like it. The wine was great, but it would have been nice to take an actual tour of the property to gain some insight. I will say they do supply you with plenty of samples and food pairings which is nice. The view from the deck is outstanding!

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Amanda B. Member Since 2/13/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 4/11/17 1:30 PM

Even though the weather wasn't the best the day of our visit, you can still appreciate the beautiful views of Napa Valley on the aerial tram and on the top floor patio. Part of the building is under construction, so that coupled with the rain did dampen our enjoyment of our tour a little bit. However, the service was friendly.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Joseph B. Member Since 4/3/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 4/11/17 10:00 AM

staff were very pleasant and knowledgeable; cool ride in the gondola

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
Isaac B. Member Since 10/6/2016
Silver Plus Experience on 4/06/17 1:30 PM

The views and scenery of Sterling were amazing! we thoroughly enjoyed viewing the grounds and the experience of the wine tour. A member of your Hospitality staff named Dana was very attentive and friendly. We also enjoyed the company of Charlie who had a wonderful knowledge of the wines and provided a relaxing atmosphere.

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
Tara B. Member Since 4/9/2017
General Admission 21 + on 4/09/17 11:00 AM

We had a wonderful time, the views were amazing! The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly.

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
Donna T. Member Since 2/10/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/30/17 12:00 PM

Great total experience. Not to be missed when visiting Napa.

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
Margaret F. Member Since 3/31/2017
General Admission 21 + on 4/02/17 2:30 PM

The gondola view was beautiful and the staff that ran the gondola were friendly and happy. The view from the patio was beautiful. The tour was a huge disappointment, everything was under construction so there was NOTHING to see, the construction should have been noted on the website and the price reduced. I went to this vineyard years ago and enjoyed every moment. This time it was disappointing.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Rebecca H. Member Since 4/1/2015
General Admission 21 + on 4/01/17 1:00 PM

I've been there several times, and this time it seemed like it was very touristy. The first time I went was the best. The servers this time were not as personable.

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
Cyntia N. Member Since 3/31/2017
Silver Experience 21+ on 3/31/17 1:30 PM

Great service

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
Thomas P. Member Since 3/11/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/27/17 10:30 AM

Very nice view and the gondola ride was interesting. But for $29 and four very average at best wines poured at about an ounce each it was quite underwhelming. Plus the folks pouring while cordial had little to say. Perhaps it was the construction but the lack of guidance meant there was little hospitality. The guys on the gondola were the most personable. All in all we felt we wasted our money.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 1 Star Rating 1/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
Caroline L. Member Since 3/27/2017
Winter Silver Experience on 3/27/17 12:00 PM

I'd say everything everyone says - gorgeous, entertaining, informative - I got mad vertigo on the gondola which was also totally worth it. Best winery experience in the valley for those not knowing what they are getting into.

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
Joe D. Member Since 3/27/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/27/17 11:30 AM

Enjoyable in all respects. All staff very friendly. Self guided tour is very relaxing. Spectacular balcony type terrace to sit, sip and savour (the view).

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
Linda O. Member Since 2/6/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/26/17 12:00 PM

Enjoyable cable car ride, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Tastings were wonderful!

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
Michaela M. Member Since 3/9/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/24/17 3:30 PM

The views were stunning, but the wine and self-guided tour missed the mark.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Pawankumar V. Member Since 2/8/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/23/17 1:00 PM

Amazing

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
Lee H. Member Since 3/19/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/19/17 4:00 PM

This place is breathtaking! With the gondola ride to the top and the amazing views of the valley, this winery is a must to visit!!

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
Patrick G. Member Since 3/16/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/17/17 10:30 AM

Great view of the valley and much different experience on the gondola then any other winery/vineyard I have been to.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Mary Sue B. Member Since 3/10/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/19/17 11:00 AM

It was so perfect!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Cheryl B. Member Since 2/27/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/19/17 11:30 AM

My husband and I had a very positive experience at Sterling Vineyards. We purchased the Silver Package (Tram Ride, Tasting with Cheese, then the self guided tour tasting.) I highly recommend the Silver Tasting. The new tasting room is modern/inviting and the views of the valley from the patio are breathtaking. Our server was Kenny G, who was knowledgeable, personable & funny.

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
Vivian Y. Member Since 3/17/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/18/17 1:30 PM

It was an ok experience. They were renovating or under construction, so there weren't a lot of things to tour or see.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Shannon Y. Member Since 3/19/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/19/17 12:00 PM

Beautiful.

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
Edel M. Member Since 3/3/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/18/17 10:00 AM

Breathtaking views. Visiting Sterling is a exploration. I loved the scenery and cable car experience. Each wine tasting station came with a new wine, friendly face and engaging story. The terrace at the top was beautiful, I wanted to stay all day. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

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
Narun K. Member Since 3/16/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/18/17 1:30 PM

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Sterling is very well kept, the tram ride was amazing, the staff was very friendly and inviting and the wines were very tasty. Being that it was our first time at Sterling, I was greatly disappointed that much of it's site was "under construction." It was like touring an empty warehouse. I felt cheated from a full wine tasting experience.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Mathiew P. Member Since 3/4/2017
Winter Silver Experience on 3/14/17 3:00 PM

Way over-priced for tram and tasting. Wine is not that great and 2x what you pay at your local store. It is good grounds, ambience, and riding the tram, but touristy. Do not recommend if you want good wine and friendly atmosphere.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Amanda S. Member Since 2/18/2017
Winter Silver Experience on 3/16/17 1:30 PM

A must see place. The views were awesome and the gondola ride up was cool. Have to have the cheese plate with the wines too

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
Kelly R. Member Since 2/12/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/12/17 2:30 PM

I loved the private tasting (Silver Experience) - all were extremely lovely and welcoming. They thoroughly (& passionately) explained our set up and answered any questions we might have. An overall excellent experience. The rest of the tour was awesome as well; all workers/servers were extremely nice!

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
Elizabeth F. Member Since 3/12/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/12/17 3:00 PM

Disappointing. I would not recommend this vineyard to friends. It is too touristy and not relaxing. The view is nothing special. There are many other wineries to see that are much better - more relaxing and a prettier setting. This winery is out to get as many people through as possible and not out for the experience. Don't go!

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Will S. Member Since 3/14/2017
Winter Silver Experience on 3/14/17 10:30 AM

Maurice was great. He made us feel right at home and very comfortable with our visit

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
Marie T. Member Since 3/12/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/12/17 3:30 PM

Beautiful venue. Friendly and supportive staff. Met some lovely guests. Just returned from Mykonnos so the similarity was evident. Moving from one area to the next for wine sampling was a little confusing however no pressure as the tour was self guided. Gondola ride was really nice, brief so you have to take it all in rather quickly (00:02:15, if I recall, it was stated on placards). Good location

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
joy m. Member Since 2/28/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/12/17 11:30 AM

Seemed a little impersonal at the beginning. Better once you hit up top. Would recommend a better informational greeting by a host instead of a generic counter greeting only.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Meredith C. Member Since 3/5/2017
Winter Silver Experience on 3/06/17 11:00 AM

Very chic vineyard experience - breath-taking views, friendly staff, and good wines.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5

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Sterling Vineyards
1111 Dunaweal Lane
Calistoga, CA 94515
Today 4/23 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday 4/24 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday 4/25 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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