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About Chateau St. Jean

Founded in 1973 in the Sonoma Valley, Chateau St. Jean is the quintessential Sonoma winery.

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Founded in 1973 in the Sonoma Valley, Chateau St. Jean is the quintessential Sonoma winery. Chateau St. Jean produces an extensive portfolio of Sonoma County wines as well as vineyard designated wines, limited production Reserve wines, and the flagship Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren uses her more than 30 years of vineyard and winemaking expertise at Chateau St. Jean to continue the tradition of highlighting the best of each vineyard site to produce exceptional wines. Chateau St. Jean is the first Sonoma winery to be awarded the prestigious “Wine of the Year” award from Wine Spectator Magazine for its 1996 Cinq Cépages, a Bordeaux style blend.

Please note:

The winery will be closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day and close early at 3pm on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve.

Notable Features

  • Bocce Ball
  • Corporate Events
  • Gardens
  • Historic Building
  • Pet Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
  • Weddings
Experiences

  • General Tasting
  • Large Groups (8 - 12)
  • Private Tasting
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Special Event
  • Special Tasting
Varietals Offered

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Dessert Wine
  • Fume Blanc
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Late Harvest
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Pinot Noir
  • Riesling
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy Parents
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kenneth N. Member Since 8/17/2017My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 10/05/18 11:30 AM

I belong to their club. The tasting with the cheese plate on the patio was exceptional.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael Z. Member Since 10/10/2018My Parents
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 10/14/18 2:00 PM

The Chateau St. Jean patio wine tasting experience was our favorite in Sonoma by far. We were seated immediately, were not rushed for the entire duration of the visit, and had nice conversations with the staff. The scenery is amazing, it feels like you are sitting in the middle of the vines. Will be drinking CSJ for some time to come!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kelsey B. Member Since 9/27/2018My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 10/11/18 12:00 PM

My experience was great at Chateau St. Jean - it was a nice, relaxing wine tasting on a beautiful patio. The venue was gorgeous and I really liked how personal the experience was. Our host, Butch was great and made it a very special experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kim H. Member Since 10/2/2017My Frenemy
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 10/13/18 12:00 PM

This was our first tasting for St. Jean. We were treated as just part of the herd. Although we bought a about 10 cases this trip, we did not buy from St. Jean. There was an event scheduled for that afternoon and we were rushed. Plus the server had a meeting so he did not really spend any time with us or explain why St. Jean was special. Will not go back.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 5/5
karen D. Member Since 10/9/2018My BFF
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 10/12/18 10:00 AM

Service was great and very informative on the winery and wines. Had good, tasty selection of wines. Brought out small bites of foods that complemented the wine tastings which were delicious. All this for a very fair price. Would definitely go again.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Catherine W. Member Since 8/9/2018My BFF
Chateau Wine Flight & Cheese Bites on 10/07/18 12:00 PM

We totally enjoyed our time at Chateau St. Jean cannot wait to teturn??

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jennifer S. Member Since 5/18/2017My BFF
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 10/06/18 10:00 AM

This is an iconic brand with an authentic story. The estate is historic with an authentic story. The wines have merit with an award "winning winemaker. CSJ does not get 5 stars across the board because there was to much emphasis on "selling" the club and wines rather than lettering the experience and the wines speak for themselves. I would rather have a wine educator than a "sales" person host.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 5/5
Bob H. Member Since 8/22/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 10/06/18 2:30 PM

The patio setting at the Chateau & garden is beautiful. The wine is excellent. The service was slow this day. Probably because the staff also had to get ready for the Cinq Cepsges release dinner party that night.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael H. Member Since 7/30/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 10/04/18 3:30 PM

Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. We enhanced our wine tasting experience. Their Pinot Noir and Boudreaux style (Cinq Cepages) were crafted beautifully.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Chuck B. Member Since 11/1/2012Evil Stepmother
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 10/01/18 10:30 AM

Rhonda is the best! One of my best experiences in wine country.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mary J. Member Since 6/21/2018My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 9/30/18 3:00 PM

Thoroughly enjoyed our wine tasting experience in the dining room of the Chateau! Rhonda, our hostess, was very knowledgable and very accommodating for our large group.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Paul W. Member Since 9/15/2018Evil Stepmother
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 9/30/18 12:00 PM

One of our sentimental favorites, that did it’s best to remove themselves from any future consideration. A reservation meant nothing, wine was served at improper temperature as the bottles had been out in the sun long enough to be warm. Zero personal attention. Would have been better sidling up to the bar inside. Too many other wineries that know hospitality to return here.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 3/5
JEANMARIE P. Member Since 9/29/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 9/29/18 11:30 AM

What a beautiful place! The wine was outstanding. And the new sparkling wine was great too! Cheers.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lisa K. Member Since 9/21/2018My BFF
Private Tailored Wine Experience on 9/28/18 2:00 PM

My experience at Chateau St. Jean exceeded all of my expectations. The grounds were stunning. The staff was incredibly warm and knowledgeable and our tasting with Jeff was wonderfully relaxed and incredibly delicious. The wines were sublime. It was the highlight of our trip to Sonoma. Chateau St. Jean is not only a destination but it’s also an experience that is second to none.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Rachel S. Member Since 3/14/2016My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 3/10/18 11:30 AM

Excellent experience! Grounds were beautiful. Welcomed in tasting room, given ample tasting pours and information about the different selections.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nancy H. Member Since 7/30/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 9/16/18 10:30 AM

Erin Ito was our host and she did a wonderful presentation, very knowledgeable and friendly, as well as professional. I highly recommend her. The grounds are beautiful and the wine is spectacular!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Terry S. Member Since 9/20/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 9/21/18 12:30 PM

I had friends visiting from SC for a girls trip. The staff at Chateau St. Jean took such great care of us, These girls had never visited wine country and for some this was their first wine tasting. They were thrilled with the service, the location and the wine!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Cynthia B. Member Since 8/8/2018My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 9/19/18 3:00 PM

A bit disappointed as we felt a bit rushed and they poured all the wines at once so by the time you are drinking your second or third sample you cannot remember much about the wine But it was a beautiful winery

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Patrick M. Member Since 4/2/2012My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 9/17/18 11:30 AM

very nice as usual

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kenitha W. Member Since 8/16/2018My Boss
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 9/15/18 11:00 AM

The grounds are breathtaking and the registration staff were welcoming and professional.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mae S. Member Since 7/19/2018My Boss
Chateau Wine Flight & Cheese Bites on 9/09/18 3:00 PM

I don’t know

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Lawrence S. Member Since 6/24/2011My Boss
Welcome to Chateau St. Jean Tasting on 9/05/18 12:00 PM

Food was only available with a upgraded tasting experience, all hosts/hostesses pushed (hard sell) the upgraded tasting experience. Wines were good, too many people per host/hostess.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 3/5
Sarah M. Member Since 6/26/2017My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 9/05/18 3:30 PM

The reserve member tasting was great. Erin was so nice, attentive, and knowledgable. She let us do everything at our own pace. We took a break halfway through the tasting to walk the grounds and she was ready with the next wine upon our return.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ronnette G. Member Since 8/23/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 9/02/18 2:30 PM

We had an awesome time at the chateau.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alina G. Member Since 8/24/2018My Frenemy
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 9/01/18 2:00 PM

Poor

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Megyn C. Member Since 8/29/2018My BFF
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 8/31/18 11:00 AM

We arrived with no expectations and were very pleasantly surprised at the Morning Bites tasting. Butch was delightful and knowledgeable. We came away as Chateau St. Jean Members. Delicious wines.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mark H. Member Since 8/26/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 8/26/18 3:30 PM

The reserve tasting is usually wonderful and the wines were! The scenery is stunning and the bites tasty. We are wine club members and always enjoys this stop. Took our son there for part of his 21st birthday weekend.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nicole K. Member Since 8/14/2018My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 8/23/18 1:00 PM

Lovely vineyard, beautiful area for special tasting, I did come on my own and was not given the best view and actually moved to the other side of the table to not feel like I was watching the bar and could see the vineyard. I don't think this was intentional but would have appreciated a little more effort. Other than that the hosts were great, wine was great would visit again.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Laurel M. Member Since 8/22/2018My BFF
Private Tailored Wine Experience on 8/26/18 12:00 PM

We had a wonderful experience. Rhonda was very friendly and knowledgeable!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
theo r. Member Since 7/9/2018My BFF
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 8/25/18 11:00 AM

Everyone at the winery was wonderful from the welcoming Champagne, tour and then tasting in the chalet a great experience. Butch was very knowledgable about what we were drinking and was great with the Porsche group. Enjoyed the food and wine experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Colleen R. Member Since 4/8/2018My Boss
Chateau Wine Flight & Cheese Bites on 8/25/18 2:00 PM

Good wine, beautiful grounds and service good. Over priced for four tastings. YOUR "come on" said "wine and cheese bites", yet they were not aware that they were supposed to provide cheese. They did provide cheese, but made it sound like they were doing me a favor.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lenette T. Member Since 7/21/2018My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 8/24/18 1:00 PM

Wonderful Easy Great staff Would do it again!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Katie B. Member Since 8/4/2018My BFF
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 8/12/18 10:00 AM

The staff were all very welcoming and knowledgeable. We had a great time and learned a lot!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mark M. Member Since 8/14/2018My Ex
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 8/15/18 10:30 AM

Our host was rude and pushy. Asked repeatedly about wine club and interrupted our group conversations regularly. We all left feeling worked over. We were happy to leave and go to another winery that was more relaxing.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 5/5
kim m. Member Since 7/23/2018My BFF
Welcome to Chateau St. Jean Tasting on 8/12/18 10:00 AM

I’m 40, went with my mother in law and mother for her 70th birthday. We all absolutely loved the grounds (beautiful), Damien, our tasting guide and the wine!! I don’t know if I could imagine a more quintessential traditional winery. I also can’t imagine who wouldn’t love this winery

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Leah T. Member Since 8/12/2018My BFF
Welcome to Chateau St. Jean Tasting on 8/12/18 2:00 PM

lovely experience - will be visiting again

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Emilio Z. Member Since 7/8/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 8/09/18 3:30 PM

Beautiful winery and outstanding wines to accompany the place. We really enjoyed their wines.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sylvester O. Member Since 7/20/2018My BFF
Welcome to Chateau St. Jean Tasting on 8/05/18 12:00 PM

Jeff was awesome and professional. Fantastic wines! We will be back.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Anna K. Member Since 2/20/2016My Parents
Welcome to Chateau St. Jean Tasting on 8/04/18 2:00 PM

Lovely location

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jane B. Member Since 8/21/2013My BFF
Private Tailored Wine Experience on 8/03/18 1:00 PM

My sister and I did a private customized tasting with Butch. He called the day before to ask what we wine we liked and he had those ready for us to taste. The tasting was accompanied by yummy cheese and chocolate truffkes! Butch was wonderful and gave us a great tour of the property. Definitely recommend this tasting.

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

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