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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.

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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.

features Notable Features
  • Bocce Ball
  • Corporate Events
  • Gardens
  • Historic Building
  • Pet Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
  • Weddings
tours and tastings Experiences
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • Large Groups (6-12)
  • Large Groups (12-20)
  • Patio Tasting
  • Private Tastings
  • Public Tasting Room
  • Reservations Recommended
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Wine & Cheese Pairing
  • Wine Club
  • Wine Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Dessert Wine
  • Fume Blanc
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Late Harvest
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Pinot Noir
  • Riesling
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
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Amy R. Member Since 1/14/2018
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 1/15/18 2:00 PM

Lovely hosts who made our tasting of the Reserve wines very special.

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Antonia S. Member Since 10/5/2017
Welcome to Chateau St. Jean Tasting on 1/14/18 2:00 PM

Beautiful property (with bocce court!) and lovely, welcoming staff. Wonderful experience!!

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Phillip B. Member Since 1/12/2018
Reserve Tasting on 1/13/18 3:00 PM

We signed up for the private tasting, which was a fantastic call as we got so much first hand information from a wine expert, but we also had the opportunity to relax on a lovely couch and enjoy the experience. The wine was varied and interesting, We'll be back!

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Brian K. Member Since 12/15/2017
Reserve Tasting on 1/13/18 12:00 PM

Very nice welcome reception, very good wine and learned more about wine after we were done.

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Jenifer & Trevor M. Member Since 3/16/2016
Private Tailored Wine Experience on 1/08/18 12:00 PM

This was an uncomfortable experience. It felt like a sales pitch at every turn. The host (very nice) was a lot of the time trying to sell us what were tasting or talking about the wine club. We have always had great experiences at CSJ but this was not one of them.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Paula M. Member Since 11/24/2017
Reserve Tasting on 12/24/17 1:00 PM

We visited the winery on Christmas Eve so it was a very slow time for the winery. It was recommended by a friend. The grounds are beautiful (even in the winter). There is slight to moderate visual damage from the wildfires. Jeff conducted our tasting. He is outstanding. He's knowledgeable yet non intimidating or wine snobby! He was very friendly and energetic, even on xmas eve.

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Amanda E. Member Since 12/29/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 12/29/17 10:00 AM

Had a great time here. My sisters and I did a wine and cheese pairing. Butch was awesome. Super knowledgeable about the wine and even gave us a brief tour of the property and told us the history of it. Even joined the wine club! Really enjoyed their reserve collection and bought a couple bottles. Really liked all of the wine we tried

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Cynthia M. Member Since 11/30/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 12/27/17 3:00 PM

Great wine & cheese pairing

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Mary L. Member Since 12/9/2017
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 12/10/17 11:30 AM

Great wine and very attentive. Plan on buying, because you will

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Jeanne V. Member Since 11/29/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 11/29/17 1:00 PM

The tasting was lovely, with some complimentary tastings thrown in. Our host was enjoyable and entertaining, providing us with lots of interesting information.

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Brittania H. Member Since 9/24/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 9/24/17 11:00 AM

Everything was wonderful - Even better than expected! My husband and I had a great time. -We can’t wait to go back again! Best tasting in Napa/Sonoma!!!

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Divya T. Member Since 11/24/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 11/25/17 12:00 PM

The selection of cheeses for the wine pairing was perfect. However the wine choices weren't the best. The reds were too similar and the Riesling was far too sweet to be enjoyable. The property itself is gorgeous and almost all the staff were wonderful. One member of the staff yelled at us to go away from the patio even though we had just left for a few minutes to check out the vineyards

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Galit T. Member Since 10/23/2017
Reserve Tasting on 11/25/17 3:00 PM

Beautiful ambiance, amazing guide and delicious wine. What more can you ask for? Thank you for a wonderful afternoon!

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Kyle A. Member Since 11/24/2017
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 11/24/17 3:30 PM

It was a beautiful crisp fall afternoon on the patio as we sipped amazing wine and watched the gorgeous sunset over the vineyards. #ThankfulandBlessed

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Mitch & Amy G. Member Since 6/21/2015
Private Tailored Wine Experience on 11/24/17 11:00 AM

Great wine and a great overall experience

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John & Debra R. Member Since 4/28/2015
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 11/18/17 2:30 PM

Warm friendly atmosphere with excellent wines and beautiful grounds.

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Patricia D. Member Since 11/17/2016
Reserve Tasting on 11/17/17 11:00 AM

My family loved the experience at Chateau St. Jean. They were greeted when they walked in the door, and again when they were brought to the private Reservse tasting room. They love the wine so much they joined the wine club.

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Ralph Z. Member Since 9/14/2016
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 10/07/17 10:30 AM

Tremendous experience! Elegant wines.

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Lindsay S. Member Since 10/8/2017
Premium Tasting on 10/08/17 10:00 AM

Everything was amazing about this visit. After many winery visits, this one was by far our favorite.

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Kingsley T. Member Since 6/4/2016
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 10/08/17 1:30 PM

We had a lovely experience in the members picnic area. We were able to bring our own snacks while we tasted wine. We were treated like we were very special by all.

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Wendy L. Member Since 8/3/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 10/01/17 1:00 PM

It was amazing!

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Wm H. Member Since 5/12/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 10/03/17 1:00 PM

Setting, greeting, overall experience was impressive. Warm and inviting...not so much. Not bad, just not overwhelming as perhaps expected. One chardonnay???

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Mike S. Member Since 9/19/2017
Premium Tasting on 10/03/17 10:00 AM

Our experience was excellent. Dave Morris led us through an excellent tasting and answered all of our questions completely. We did our tasting inside due to heavy winds outside, us because we arrived at the start of the day, the tasting room was not yet crowded. The experience would have been improved by moving it outside to a more scenic spot, but Chateau St. Jean cannot control the weather.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Brian S. Member Since 6/30/2016
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 10/02/17 1:00 PM

The property at Chateau St. Jean is gorgeous. The tasting rooms, patios and gardens are all absolutely stunning, along with the views across the Valley. The tasting experience, with the four wines that were poured, left something to be desired. Despite paying for the seated Wine & Cheese tasting, it was somewhat impersonal, and the four wines which were poured were "nothing special" imo

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Joe O. Member Since 9/30/2017
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 9/30/17 1:30 PM

As usual the experience we had at CSJ was fantastic and relaxing. I'm always pleased with the staff (thanks Janelle) and the great attention to detail as well as there fantastic wines! Yes I will be back for more.

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Mary F. Member Since 9/27/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 9/28/17 11:00 AM

We did a wine and cheese tasting. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful.

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Anthony G. Member Since 8/31/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 9/28/17 3:00 PM

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Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Marco M. Member Since 9/15/2017
Wine Club Picnic Table Reservation on 9/22/17 3:00 PM

Great experience. The grounds are beautiful. Just a little disorganized..

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Pilar S. Member Since 8/24/2016
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 9/19/17 3:30 PM

Wonderful experience. Thanks so much!

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Lynn B. Member Since 7/29/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 9/12/17 3:00 PM

This winery was our last stop and wow, what an enjoyable afternoon. Our hostess was friendly, entertaining and informative. I would love to go back! The view was outstanding!

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Caroline J. Member Since 4/9/2017
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 9/16/17 12:30 PM

Beautiful location and delicious wines.

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Michele B. Member Since 1/9/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 9/16/17 11:00 AM

Had a wonderful experience. Chateau St. Jean was the highlight of our wine weekend. The wine/cheese tasting was wonderful as was the hospitality!. I would easily recommend Chateau St. Jean to a good friend! I hope we are able to return soon!

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edward f. Member Since 9/3/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 9/13/17 11:00 AM

Extremely enjoyable private wine and cheese pairing!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Allen B. Member Since 8/8/2017
Private Tailored Wine Experience on 9/09/17 11:00 AM

The wine tasting event conducted by Rhonda was more than I expected. She was very knowledgeable about all the wines red and white and did an excellent job on teaching us how to smell the wine,how to let the wine open up and the meaning behind legs. Most importantly she made us all feel as if we were drinking wine at home. I would highly recomend this wine tasting event.

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Craig R. Member Since 7/26/2017
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 9/06/17 1:30 PM

We have been club members for over seven years and could not have been treated better. Wonderful cheese pairings with exquisite wines.

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Cynthia O. Member Since 6/20/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 9/05/17 11:00 AM

Stunningly beautiful chateau Grounds are amazing Highly recommend the cheese pairing

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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George D. Member Since 10/1/2014
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 9/04/17 1:30 PM

CSJ is always a wonderful tasting experience. You can't get any better than their delicious wines and beautiful, well maintain gardens and tasting areas.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Karina M. Member Since 7/15/2017
Private Tailored Wine Experience on 9/03/17 11:00 AM

Fun, informative, tasty way to spend time w friends and enjoy CSJ wines!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Pat B. Member Since 6/23/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 9/03/17 10:00 AM

Chateau Wine & Cheese pairing exceeded our expectations, Geoff was friendly and informative, and reminds us why we are members.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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ARGELIA C. Member Since 8/25/2017
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 9/03/17 12:30 PM

Service was ok. Could have been better.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Chateau St. Jean
8555 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, CA 95452
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