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About Chateau Potelle

We promise a St. Helena Wine Tasting experience that is innovative, intimate, convivial & extraordinary. Enjoy our unique Food & Wine Pairings, with food bites from the Michelin starred Chef Ken Frank of the famed La Toque Restaurant.

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It is our honor to have you visit our Tasting Home & Garden in St. Helena and taste the wines of our family boutique winery.

Despite our 30 years in the Napa Valley, we continue to be an anomaly. We love what we do and we do it with all our heart. We love our customers and love rubbing elbows with them. For that reason, we sell our wines exclusively to you, our private customers, and not in restaurants and stores.

Our vision at Chateau Potelle is to produce wines with style and character that are representative of their birth place, Mt. Veeder. Like for each of us, our "roots" provide us with an unique culture, a set of mores and traditions...a style and character. After all, people from the California coast and the hills of Tennessee embody vast differences! Our job as winemakers is to respect and exploit the unique qualities of our "roots" ...to craft wines with a sense of style and personality.

Chateau Potelle has built a solid reputation for its avant-garde approach and for its commitment to quality. This experience is an opportunity for you taste the product of our passion.
You will Love it!

Take your time and enjoy.

features Notable Features
  • Architectural Appeal
  • Art on Display
  • Boutique Winery
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Owned
  • Gardens
  • Hand-crafted
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Limited Production
  • Special Events
  • Sustainable
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • By Appointment Only
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • Napa Neighbor Participant
  • Private Tastings
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Wine Club
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Cinsault
  • Dessert Wine
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Grenache
  • Late Harvest
  • Malbec
  • Meritage
  • Merlot
  • Petite Sirah
  • Petit Verdot
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Port Wine
  • Primitivo
  • Red Table Wine
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Syrah
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
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John P. Member Since 3/22/2017
VGS Tasting (wine only) on 3/22/17 3:00 PM

The wines are fantastic. The experience is always first rate. A true gem in the valley.

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Gina F. Member Since 3/7/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 3/17/17 1:00 PM

We live in Napa and have many visitors. This is our new favorite tour destination. It was a superb experience from start to finish and the favorite of the week for all of us. Definitely do the food and wine pairing, exquisite! Shelby, our wine educator was fun and down to earth. Every wine was wonderful - perhaps the most consistently good of any winery we know. We joined the wine club.

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David K. Member Since 2/24/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 3/07/17 11:00 AM

Don't be discouraged by the initial exterior appearance or location. Once inside, the atmosphere and ambiance are wonderful. Wine is as good as ever and hospitality is top notch. VGS is a must try.

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Michael M. Member Since 2/16/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 3/02/17 2:00 PM

Great wine and food pairing!

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Thurston W. Member Since 2/23/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/25/17 11:00 AM

This is my new place. Wishing I had discovered them sooner.

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Daniel V. Member Since 2/15/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/25/17 2:00 PM

Great hospitality with Tony during private tasting and warm welcome from manager before we left. We joined the wine club as well, as the quality of the wines is excellent

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Leigh B. Member Since 7/5/2011
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/20/17 11:00 AM

Don't be put off by the small white cottage as you will miss out on the fabulous wine, food bites and decor.

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Vicky A. Member Since 2/17/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/17/17 12:00 PM

This was our first food/wine pairing experience. Shelby was down to earth, yet informative. The atmosphere was welcoming and warm. We had a great experience.

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Jennete L. Member Since 2/10/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/12/17 12:00 PM

The server was there all by herself, but she handled everyone with ease. She was super friendly and welcoming. Our group really enjoyed our time at the winery. The best of the day.

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Tiara H. Member Since 1/19/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 1/31/17 12:00 PM

This was my second time in 2 weeks to VGS Chateau Potelle and Tony greeted us with a warm welcome but I enjoyed my first visit better with Shelby frankly because she gave us a lot more generous pours.

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Jeff H. Member Since 1/30/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 1/30/17 2:00 PM

This is the best tasting experience that I know of (this was not my first time). The wines are exceptional, the food pairings come from one of the top restaurants in Napa and the people are great. If anyone asks me for a tasting recommendation this is the first place I send them.

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Tiara H. Member Since 1/19/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 1/22/17 12:00 PM

Shelby was amazing. Super fun to talk to and very entertaining. Loved the fact that we were the only ones there for the 12pm tasting. She also offered us the Little Book of Big Experiences booklet and saved so much!

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Diem D. Member Since 11/15/2013
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 1/13/17 2:00 PM

Excellent wines sourced from amazing growers and paired with small bites that are thoughtfully prepared and paired. It's a hidden gem in st helena and should be on the list if you're a wine & food enthusiast. Very well done.

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Garrett B. Member Since 9/30/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 1/05/17 10:00 AM

Amazing wine and amazing service!

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Dale D. Member Since 12/15/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 12/26/16 1:00 PM

Tony is an excellent host for sharing VGS wines! My BFFs loved the experience. Thanks for making our year end celebration extra special.

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Paul D. Member Since 5/30/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 12/17/16 2:00 PM

Always enjoyable

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Taylor R. Member Since 12/1/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 12/02/16 1:00 PM

It's always a great experience. Food is wonderful and service is friendly and knowledgable. I will continue bringing guests here and recommending to people!

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Dorothy M. Member Since 10/4/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 12/07/16 12:00 PM

Welcoming, and FUN. Staff knowledgeable and helpful.

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Mark J. Member Since 5/22/2014
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 11/29/16 10:00 AM

Excellent bites with perfectly paired wines in a relaxed,p no hurry atmosphere. Tony and Shelby are excellent hosts! Well made, approachable wines ready to drink now or wait for a few years. We love this place!

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Lauren P. Member Since 7/31/2014
VGS Tasting (wine only) on 11/07/16 10:00 AM

Wonderful wine under a tent with Tony. Thank you for having us! Can't wait to visit again.

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Eleonor T. Member Since 11/6/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 11/06/16 12:00 PM

Cute, charming house along Highway 29. As you enter the super modern decorated tasting house, you get a glimpse into the relaxing garden and outside seating area. Hospitality was great! Can't remember her name (sorry!), but she lives in Healdsburg and was super friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable. Food from La Toque along with Chateau Potelle wine was amazing!

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Jordan E. Member Since 2/20/2015
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 11/05/16 2:00 PM

The wines are all amazing. The tasting room is cute and cozy, and the garden is beautiful. The people are wonderful, very friendly, knowable, will take the time answer any and all questions you might have about wine or any thing. We tell everyone we know, this is our absolute favorite in the valley.

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Patrick H. Member Since 10/19/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 10/29/16 1:00 PM

Tony is the best! The wines are spectacular. We visited Napa and didn't plan to join any wine clubs but after tasting the VGS wines, we changed our minds. It was an unforgettable experience!

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Dave D. Member Since 4/15/2013
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 10/21/16 1:00 PM

The wine and hospitality was AMAZING! Matthew, Todd and Shelby really deliver a top notch Napa Valley experience. The tasting room is gorgeous and the ambiance was divine. The food that Chef Ken Frank was perfectly paired and portioned with the wine flight. Seriously a Grand Slam and some VGS! Even better was a visit with and an autographed bottle by the owner Jean-Noel.

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Vickie P. Member Since 10/17/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 10/18/16 3:00 PM

I wasn't quite sure what to think when we first stepped in - Tony was busying himself around the place and we hadn't really seen him, and there was a group of people on the patio. We weren't sure where we were supposed to go. But as soon as Tony saw us, he made sure we were comfortable and ready to start our wine tasting - and it was fantastic - the bites, conversation with Tony, and the wine!

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Tim H. Member Since 5/18/2014
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 7/14/16 10:00 AM

Very cute place, the wine and food pairing was a great experience.

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Rob R. Member Since 9/14/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 9/17/16 1:00 PM

The food/wine experience was great. The wines that were paired with the food were great and I ended up joining the wine club. All around great experience.

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Lisa L. Member Since 8/31/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 9/10/16 3:00 PM

We met Todd, our host, and were treated to a very knowledgeable and fun food and wine pairing. The food was amazing and the wine delicious. We of course did not leave empty handed.

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Susan N. Member Since 9/6/2016
VGS Tasting (wine only) on 9/07/16 3:00 PM

Absolutely beautiful location backed up by lovely and sophisticated wines. It was a gorgeous wine tasting and nothing quite like it anywhere else. I will be back.

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Lynn S. Member Since 8/25/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 9/01/16 10:00 AM

A great experience, wine, food pairing, an exceptional tasting! LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT!!!

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john m. Member Since 10/14/2013
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 8/26/16 12:00 PM

One of the best wine experience in Napa Valley.

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Carolyn B. Member Since 6/20/2014
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 8/05/16 12:00 PM

Nice ambience, wonderful server, good food tastings with each course and best of all, each wine we tasted was unusually good. We were happy to join the wine club - a decision we make very cautiously, and our friends went home with several cases. Highly recommended. Make a reservation.

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Laura D. Member Since 7/23/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 8/06/16 11:00 AM

This is the second time we visited their tasting room and each time it has been a real treat. We have been lucky enough both times to be served by Tony, a long time associate of Chateau Potelle, he is both charming and knowledgeable. You will feel very welcome here, learn a lot and taste really good wines. Strongly recommend a visit

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Blake H. Member Since 5/1/2014
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 8/07/16 10:00 AM

Always a wonderful experience! Food is excellent and love spending time at their tasting room to drink the best vino and relax.

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Shelly S. Member Since 8/5/2016
VGS Tasting (wine only) on 8/05/16 10:00 AM

Tony was great! Knowledgeable and pleasant, while the wines desk for themselves. Next time we are going to the vineyard.

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Barbara L. Member Since 12/24/2013
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 8/01/16 1:00 PM

We had a great time, the food and wine pairings were perfect and the gentleman that poured our wines was very knowledgeable about the wine history of the valley as well as VGS wines. WE tell everyone we meet and know about making a visit to your amazing winery! We will be back again.

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Stefani F. Member Since 4/24/2011
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 7/28/16 3:00 PM

Fantastic experience. Knowledgeable and fun staff and a great owner/ winemaker with a great story make this a must visit winery in the Valley.

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Andrea D. Member Since 7/21/2015
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 7/25/16 11:00 AM

Tony was phenomenal and fun to talk with, we love the whole atmosphere and experience. Very relaxing!

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Michael W. Member Since 7/15/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 7/16/16 11:00 AM

We stopped by on a whim in April 2016 but didn't realize that you needed a reservation. Was really impressed with the friendliness and feel of the place so we planned another trip especially to visit. Amazing experience. Highly recommended.

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Kristen P. Member Since 7/8/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 7/15/16 1:00 PM

Our experience was terrific at Chateau Potelle! Todd our host was outstanding and truly made the experience remarkable. The story behind the Chateau and Jean- Noel is inspiring as is his wine. This hidden gem is a must do when in the valley.

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Chateau Potelle
1200 Dowdell Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574

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