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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 Experiences
  • Food & Wine Pairings
  • General Tastings
  • Lunchs
  • Private Tastings
  • Special Events
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Cinsault
  • Meritage
  • Petite Sirah
  • Red Table Wine
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Syrah
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Richard H. Member Since 3/22/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 4/14/18 3:00 PM

Very relaxed and lovely backyard-like setting. You feel like you have been invited into someone's home. The food pairing from La Toque was delicious.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
David E. Member Since 4/1/2018
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 4/08/18 3:00 PM

Great experience once again. Great hospitality, great wines and delicious small bite pairings. Highly recommend it.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lee J. Member Since 1/23/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 4/09/18 10:00 AM

A don't miss hidden gem on the main drag. The grounds hidden behind the hedge, along with the hospitality once inside, are second to none. Well worth your time and I know how precious that is when you visit the Valley.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kacey A. Member Since 4/5/2018
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 4/06/18 12:00 PM

VGS was amazing! We loved the atmosphere, the wine & good pairings were delicious & Anthony was incredible! Thank you!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Andrew L. Member Since 3/30/2018
VGS Tasting (wine only) on 3/31/18 1:00 PM

Small & awkward location without vineyard on site, but don't let that deter you. Tony took very good care of us welcoming us like he was welcoming guests into his own home. Wines were outstanding. Patio was quaint. Not be as popular or well known as the large wineries, which is great because that means world class wines at a fraction of a cost! I regret leaving without a bottle of Silver Lining!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
J Michael E. Member Since 3/12/2018
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 3/30/18 10:00 AM

Each visit to VGS Chateau Potelle is like a return visit home with family! John-Noel and team always make us feel so very special. And their wines are phenomenal!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Tim L. Member Since 3/29/2018
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 3/29/18 3:00 PM

Wonderful. ! Delicious wines!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
John C. Member Since 7/29/2014
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/25/18 11:00 AM

Absolutely fabulous as always. The wine, the pairing, the hospitality, the atmosphere - perfect! And perfectly comfortable and welcoming as well...

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
AC and Lynn R. Member Since 8/14/2013
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 3/21/18 11:00 AM

As always, the BEST experience in the entire Napa Valley. We always recommend VGS Chateau Potelle to friends and family.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ray K. Member Since 1/21/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 3/20/18 3:00 PM

For a small winery they sure can over book. I felt like we were secondary to anyone coming in. The wines were okay but nothing special. Don’t come. I would not go back if you paid me.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 2/5
Sandy C. Member Since 2/28/2018
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 3/20/18 3:00 PM

This was the highlight of my trip! This visit with Mathew and all your staff was so warm and welcoming. It was a ‘hoot’ visiting with Jean-Noel after all these years. Best to you all and continued success!!!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Stefanie H. Member Since 2/19/2018
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 3/18/18 11:00 AM

Greeting was welcoming, presentation was great. First wine, Rose’ was very good. Food was pretty. The bottle design is very pretty. But... This was our 5th tasting that week and we were used to tasting some of the higher end wines after tasting the ones presented. And we were not served in a timely amount of time because the food was then cold. Nor given much enthusiasm to want to purchase much.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Michael C. Member Since 12/27/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 3/07/18 2:00 PM

The wine and atmosphere are world class. They know how to make excellent wine. Not a tourist trap?

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Paula H. Member Since 2/19/2018
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/26/18 12:00 PM

Chateau Potelle has outstanding wines and the wine tasting is personal and attentive. This is not the place to slam back a lot of wine but is a place to sip and appreciate fine wine. Allow 90 minutes for a good tasting experience and be able to interact with someone without a phone in your hand.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nina B. Member Since 2/6/2018
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/23/18 2:00 PM

We loved this winery and the they made us feel like VIP guests at our tasting and food pairing. The outstanding wines, food and hospitality made for a wonderful Friday afternoon. Thank you Anthony.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lynn S. Member Since 9/6/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/17/18 3:00 PM

Wow VGS continues to blow me away! Anthony is amazing - best hospitality in the valley. I am a local and in the industry and would recommend VGS to everyone I know (and do). Thank you!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ariel M. Member Since 1/26/2018
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/16/18 11:00 AM

Great wine, excellent service, definitely a must when tasting in Napa!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael & Susan P. Member Since 2/14/2015
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/13/18 11:00 AM

Wonderful hospitality and lucious wines. What a joy is the proprietor! So knowledgeable about wines and wine making. Matthew, Tony and Todd are a special delight.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kim T. Member Since 1/31/2018
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/03/18 1:00 PM

The experience is small and intimate - the food pairings do an excellent job of enhancing the wines, which were delicious. A very relaxing experience!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Tim G. Member Since 2/13/2014
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 1/26/18 1:00 PM

We had a great time at Chateau Potellle

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Robb W. Member Since 1/14/2018
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 1/15/18 12:00 PM

Tony is an absolute pro and made our tasting experience relaxing, fun, and informational. The food pairings were delicious.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mark B. Member Since 9/9/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 1/14/18 1:00 PM

Excellent wine, food and host!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lauren S. Member Since 1/13/2018
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 1/13/18 12:00 PM

The staff was beyond fantastic. The wine was equally great. We will be going back again next time in Napa.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Robert R. Member Since 1/9/2018
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 1/10/18 2:00 PM

Great food and wine pairing. Terrific presentation and conversation.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Bob and Joann B. Member Since 4/20/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 1/09/18 1:00 PM

The pairing was well done. However, Tony failed to send us an e-mail receipt for the wines we purchased.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 2/5
Sonny & Sue Z. Member Since 12/19/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 12/26/17 1:00 PM

We loved everything about this tasting from the wines to the food pairings to the hospitality. i would highly recommend!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Wayne S. Member Since 11/6/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 12/30/17 12:00 PM

Great wine, great food tasting, great hospitality and just a great time! A hidden gem in Napa and some of the best wine anywhere.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jean-Pierre G. Member Since 12/21/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 12/26/17 12:00 PM

Great welcome upon arrival with a taste of the Riviera rose, some chat with Tony. The sit-down wine and food pairing was awesome and we were able to take it at our pace, making it enjoyable and special. Bonus was to get to spend some time with the owner and share wine and life stories. Overall a great and friendly experience with amazing wines !

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mari C. Member Since 11/28/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 12/02/17 2:00 PM

Excellent wine tasting and we would highly recommend it. The atmosphere is perfect, excellent wine and the food is such a nice touch. You will learn a lot and it is in a relaxed, comfortable environment. The outdoor patio is perfect for a warm afternoon but you won't be disappointed inside.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
William and Carolyn O. Member Since 2/12/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 10/02/17 11:00 AM

A very nice experience. We sat outside in awesome weather. Enjoyed the wine and the conversation.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Josh R. Member Since 10/13/2015
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 11/11/17 10:00 AM

The food and wine pairing was amazing, and they know hospitality!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Wayne S. Member Since 11/6/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 11/10/17 12:00 PM

Very nice tasting experience. Each wine is paired with some incredible small bites and each of the wines is well explained by the staff. Very intimate and very nice.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Brad and Vicki R. Member Since 4/10/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 10/29/17 3:00 PM

The team is so welcoming every time we visit. Todd is a hero for always getting us in for tasting with visiting friends and Anthony is just wonderful setting the right venue in the Garden and his great conversation and certainly knowledge. Visiting VGS is like visiting old friends. And the wines, well we love them all!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Beth T. Member Since 6/7/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 10/23/17 11:00 AM

Lovely atmosphere with the French music. We really enjoyed our food & wine pairing with Tony! The whole experience made us feel like we were in France. The outdoor tasting was beautiful!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Annie K. Member Since 1/8/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 8/13/17 4:00 PM

We experienced the Food and Wine tasting. It was absolutely delicious with an array of flavors paired with each wine. At this tasting I LOVED each wine served to us (that has never happened before!). I've been to France and did not enjoy any Rose as much as the VGS Rose served at this tasting. It is an intimate setting and great family feeling experience. I highly recommend.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Stephanie P. Member Since 11/29/2015
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 10/08/17 10:00 AM

Perfect in so many ways. Made my birthday celebration extra special.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Maria M. Member Since 10/3/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 10/07/17 10:00 AM

The ambience was relaxing. I loved the food pairing. Our host was knowledgeable and very hospitable she had a very sweet smile. Mainly the wine was outstanding.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Daniel R. Member Since 9/25/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 10/07/17 2:00 PM

The building and patio area are beautiful, but mostly all you hear is the traffic on 29, great wines, delicious food pairings

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Andrea E. Member Since 9/15/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 9/30/17 11:00 AM

Anthony was outstanding! He tailored our visit to the type of informatin related to our family! My parents do not often do winery visits, and he created the perfect environment for them.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Donna R. Member Since 9/12/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 10/04/17 1:00 PM

Quiet, lovely must-experience spot! Our favorite winery in Napa.

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

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Chateau Potelle
1200 Dowdell Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574

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