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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 Experiences
  • 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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Denise F. Member Since 1/28/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 2/09/18 10:00 AM

Upon arrival the grounds were beautiful. Signage on where to go was not as clear as it could be. Staff was pleasant however there was a coaching / training session going on in the room we were touring, typically that would be back of house. Tour guide Cole was awesome, wish we could have gone in the tank room as I do process controls for a living and would have liked to see the mechanics of it.

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Jim D. Member Since 2/3/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 2/09/18 10:00 AM

Beautiful building and surroundings. The tour was both entertaining and educational. The wine was fantastic.

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Bobby O. Member Since 1/21/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 2/02/18 10:00 AM

Cole was excellent

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Steven M. Member Since 12/16/2017
ESTATE TOUR on 1/26/18 10:00 AM

The castle was a true work of art and the wines did not disappoint

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Jon P. Member Since 12/27/2017
CURRENT RELEASE by Appointment AM on 1/23/18 10:00 AM

I had a wonderful time tasting through their wines. Not a single bad one to be found. There was a level of subtle complexity in their wines that not many can achieve!

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Claudia S. Member Since 12/18/2017
WINERY TOUR on 12/21/17 10:00 AM

Our guide, Cole, was knowledgeable and hospitable.

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Jim Z. Member Since 10/10/2017
WINERY TOUR on 12/22/17 10:00 AM

Great tour of the unique property while sipping and learning about their wines and winemaking process — very enjoyable.

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Jason R. Member Since 9/8/2016
CURRENT RELEASE by Appointment AM on 12/02/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful grounds. The wines were a nice change from the huge reds of the trail; these have one foot in France and the other in California. Staff were nice.

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Edna O. Member Since 9/13/2016
CURRENT RELEASE by Appointment AM on 11/25/17 10:00 AM

Educational personalized and memorable!! Our host Michelle was fabulous.

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Sergio T. Member Since 10/23/2017
WINERY TOUR on 11/16/17 10:00 AM

A unique experience discovering the secrets that are part of the Chateau Montelena to know the vineyards and its surroundings, accompanied by a great guide that show all details.

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Sophie S. Member Since 10/28/2017
WINERY TOUR on 11/08/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful winery! The wines were fantastic as well.

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James M. Member Since 3/8/2017
WINERY TOUR on 10/06/17 10:00 AM

We had visited this winery several times in the past. Due to the activity during picking and processing season I think this tour was different than it might have been during calmer times for both better and worse. Staff was as amazing as always. Knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommended.

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Gerry K. Member Since 10/3/2017
WINERY TOUR on 10/04/17 10:00 AM

Amy was an amazing host. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We're planning our next visit as we speak!

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Amy W. Member Since 8/20/2017
WINERY TOUR on 9/18/17 10:00 AM

Everything was just beautiful! We really enjoyed the history of the winery and of course the wine!

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Morgan M. Member Since 8/28/2017
WINERY TOUR on 9/19/17 10:00 AM

It was the perfect way to begin our first Napa experience. Breath taking from start to finish. Our guided to tour was informative and fun. The wines were delicious. The Chateau and grounds were beautiful. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting the area.

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Cynthia B. Member Since 9/7/2017
CURRENT RELEASE by Appointment AM on 9/27/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful grounds and Chateau. Loved the wines. Enjoyed the experience. Would highly recommend it.

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Laurie E. Member Since 9/11/2017
WINERY TOUR on 9/22/17 10:00 AM

Found the winery tour quite informative with knowledgeable guide, certainly enjoyed the four wines included in tour, had seen Bottle Shock so appreciated history of chateau and winery.

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Nicki D. Member Since 7/14/2017
CURRENT RELEASE by Appointment AM on 9/18/17 10:00 AM

My group had a wonderful time learning about the history of Chateau and the wines they produce. The pours were generous, the staff were impeccable in their knowledge and willingness to take it slow and revisit wines as we needed to.

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Georgi R. Member Since 6/16/2017
WINERY TOUR on 9/21/17 10:00 AM

Fabulous! Impressive! All about the wine. Best tour and tasting of the week.

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Carol D. Member Since 8/21/2017
WINERY TOUR on 9/11/17 10:00 AM

Completely enjoyed the tour and exposure to your excellent wines. Our tour guide was great in showing us around and answering our questions. Loved the physical grounds.

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Nancy L. Member Since 8/14/2017
WINERY TOUR on 9/15/17 10:00 AM

The grounds are beautiful and the wines are amazing! Being able to get outside and get up-close and personal with the vines was a highlight. Also, seeing the owners moving around the property and being a part of the whole operation made it real.

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Stephen K. Member Since 4/3/2015
WINERY TOUR on 9/04/17 10:00 AM

Went there for our first experience as club members for a tour & tasting & had reserved a picnic area in one of the gazebos for a picnic just after the tour. What an awesome time! Cole did a wonderful job at giving us a tour & giving us the history of the Chateau, which was very interesting.I recommend this place because of the service, the friendliness, the grounds & most importantly, the VERY NICE WINE that they create!

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Michael A. Member Since 8/30/2017
CURRENT RELEASE by Appointment AM on 9/01/17 10:00 AM

Definitely a must attend at Napa Valley. The history and the beautiful facilities stood out. The wines were very good. We joined the club and took some Zins home with us. Very unique flavors.

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Richard S. Member Since 4/29/2017
WINERY TOUR on 8/21/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful property, wonderful wines. Cole was an excellent tour guide. Highly recommend visiting!!

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tom s. Member Since 7/21/2017
WINERY TOUR on 8/24/17 10:00 AM

i would recommend our experience to everyone I know! We had visited last year and brought parents and sister back with us this time for a tour and picnic on Jade Lake. Everything about this experience was top notch. We can't wait to go back. A special thanks to our guide for the day Amy.

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Deven G. Member Since 7/17/2017
WINERY TOUR on 8/22/17 10:00 AM

The grounds are gorgeous, our tour guide was knowledgeable about both the wines and the history of the estate, and the wines were delicious!

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Leighann H. Member Since 5/12/2016
WINERY TOUR on 8/17/17 10:00 AM

We had a great experience on our tour. Amy was great and we can't wait to visit again. Thanks!!!

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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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