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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
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • General Tasting
  • Special Event
  • Special Tasting
  • Tour and Tasting
  • Vertical Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jeff K. Member Since 5/21/2017
ESTATE TOUR on 7/16/18 10:00 AM

The property is beautiful and historic but our guide didn’t have her facts straight and the red wines were not impressive.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 2/5
Donald S. Member Since 6/12/2018
CURRENT RELEASE by Appointment AM on 7/15/18 10:00 AM

Beautiful grounds and interesting history. Current release tasting featured average quality wines. With a reservation you get charged a modest fee but there is no rebate if you purchase their wine. Might be better to taste without a reservation.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Chuck B. Member Since 4/30/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 7/02/18 10:00 AM

Lovely property! The wine is exquisite, everyone should experience Chateau Montelena.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Amanda C. Member Since 3/26/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 6/13/18 10:00 AM

The Estate Tour was well worth the money. We walked throughout the estate while sipping wines, they made sure our glasses didn't stay empty for long! It was fun to hear the history and story of the families and wines. Our tour guide, Mitchell, was hospitable and knowledgeable.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Frank R. Member Since 5/28/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 6/18/18 10:00 AM

We highly recommend the Estate tour and tasting! It was just amazing. We learned so much about Montelena and wine making in general. We loved it all!!! It was our favorite of the 12 we visited!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Eric G. Member Since 3/17/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 5/15/18 10:00 AM

Wow! The estate and the grounds are magnificent! My group of four loved our time at Chateau Montelena. Our tour guide (I think Mitchell) was extremely knowledgeable, and was very receptive to the questions coming from the others on our tour. It was an added bonus that the wine was also very good. This was definitely one of our favorite wineries in Napa!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Robert B. Member Since 4/5/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 5/28/18 10:00 AM

Fantastic tour, wines and host

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nicole B. Member Since 4/8/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 5/25/18 10:00 AM

Great.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Chris and Sarah P. Member Since 3/5/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 5/17/18 10:00 AM

Fantastic. My favorite Winery!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Isabel K. Member Since 4/4/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 5/16/18 10:00 AM

Pretty place, relaxing and enjoyable tour, with no rush and no worries at all! Very good

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Roger and Kari T. Member Since 5/16/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 5/16/18 10:00 AM

A very nice vineyard visit. The guide and the wines were fantastic

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Pat & Laura W. Member Since 5/15/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 5/16/18 10:00 AM

Beautiful inside and out. Amy was our guide and she was wonderful. Would highly recommend this to anyone. We stopped by and made a reservation for the tour on the following morning. Shared the tour with a lovely group of 10 other visitors from all over the world. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Steve G. Member Since 4/30/2018
CURRENT RELEASE by Appointment AM on 5/12/18 10:00 AM

Beautiful and stunning property. At our wine tasting we got a very pleasant education of the history of the property.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Aja H. Member Since 5/3/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 5/07/18 10:00 AM

Everything was beautiful! The kitchen is to die for and our dapper tour guide was very knowledgeable, professional, funny and courteous! Would def recommend to everyone I know!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Todd And Alison W. Member Since 4/9/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 5/02/18 10:00 AM

Rosette and Wine...

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Matthew K. Member Since 3/11/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 4/24/18 10:00 AM

What a spectacular venue and delicious wines.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Toni T. Member Since 3/18/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 4/23/18 10:00 AM

From beginning to end, the tour and tasting was fantastic. More inportantly, all of the employees we interacted with were friendly and professional. Great experience!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jonathan L. Member Since 2/26/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 4/20/18 10:00 AM

My wife and I did the estate tour. We had such a great time, and we loved all the wine so much that we became members.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kaley H. Member Since 2/17/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 4/20/18 10:00 AM

Absolutely love visiting Chateau Montelena. Our tour guide, Cole, was incredibly accommodating and knowledgeable. It was a great time!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Rindy S. Member Since 4/15/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 4/16/18 10:00 AM

We enjoyed our tour and had a very knowledgeable guide.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Andrea S. Member Since 3/10/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 4/13/18 10:00 AM

Amy was our host for the estate tour and was very knowledgeable and incredibly sweet.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Chris L. Member Since 3/31/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 4/09/18 10:00 AM

Parking was a bit confusing. Didn't even see the sign pointing to the handicap parking so we ended up parking below and making the long walk up.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Katherine H. Member Since 2/18/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 4/06/18 10:00 AM

Our visit to the Chateau was great! We had some rainy weather, but our guide Vincent made the tour enjoyable despite it. The grounds were beautiful and the WINE! Hope to come back one day!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Steve S. Member Since 2/7/2015
CURRENT RELEASE by Appointment AM on 3/25/18 10:00 AM

Arrived and was initially uncertain where to park. Then upon finding parking (in the back behind the entrance) was uncertain how to find tasting room. Might help to have attendant down below. Then was surprised at the distance walking upstairs to get to tasting room. Upon arrival, however, was made to feel very attended to and had a lovely time.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Valentina I. Member Since 3/3/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 3/12/18 10:00 AM

We had a great experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. We'll definitely be back.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Tiffany R. Member Since 2/26/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 2/27/18 10:00 AM

We had a wonderful tour! Our guide was pleasant and knowledgeable. No question was too small. The whole staff was very hospitable. I will recommend Chateau Montelena to all my family and friends.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lynn Q. Member Since 2/24/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 2/27/18 10:00 AM

Beautiful property! We had a wonderful intimate tour with Mitchell and 2 other guests!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Shelley F. Member Since 1/27/2013
CURRENT RELEASE by Appointment AM on 2/19/18 10:00 AM

On behalf of my guests and as a longtime Montelana member, thank you for giving two honeymooners a memorable experience at the winery! They loved it!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
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.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Bobby O. Member Since 1/21/2018
ESTATE TOUR on 2/02/18 10:00 AM

Cole was excellent

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 5/5
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!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Claudia S. Member Since 12/18/2017
WINERY TOUR on 12/21/17 10:00 AM

Our guide, Cole, was knowledgeable and hospitable.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 3/5
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.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sophie S. Member Since 10/28/2017
WINERY TOUR on 11/08/17 10:00 AM

Beautiful winery! The wines were fantastic as well.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
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