Chateau St. Jean

Kenwood, CA

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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

  • Food & Wine
  • General Tasting
  • 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
Phillip J. Member Since 7/2/2019My Frenemy
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 7/15/19 3:30 PM

As a lover of the wine I can’t tell you how disappointed I was in our visit. When we joined the club we were told about and hung out in the club lounge. This was our first visit back and our last stop of the day, and it was so disappointing we are considering dropping the club....

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 1/5
Claude P. Member Since 3/28/2017My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 7/09/19 4:00 PM

Our host did an excellent job with our Reserve Room Tasting. We were early for our reservation but seated promptly on the patio and our host (sorry, forgot his name) accommodated the fact that my wife only drinks reds and I only drink white wines. The wines were poured at the same time allowing us to compare the vintages and different vineyards. Very efficient & excellent wines.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Drew H. Member Since 7/17/2016My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 7/06/19 1:30 PM

Always a fun and informative experience

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Jessica R. Member Since 7/11/2018My Parents
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 7/06/19 2:00 PM

Crystal is a gem. She definitely has a different take on presenting the wine but I love it! Really brings you into and experience and place rather than just the general run of the mill wine jargon.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Robert S. Member Since 3/28/2019My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 7/05/19 2:00 PM

Our Chateau St Jean experience was a relaxing, peaceful, lovely experience. The wines were very nice. We purchased both white and reds for our home collection. Our host was very knowledgeable about the Chateau St Jean wines.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Monique V. Member Since 6/7/2016My BFF
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 7/04/19 1:00 PM

Excellent wine experience. I believe our wine educator was Troy???? Sorry, we had visited quite a few places that day. He was funny, knowledgeable and very attentive to our group. I would come back again

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jessica K. Member Since 6/27/2019My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 6/30/19 10:30 AM

It’s Amazing. I love it every time!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Suzanne C. Member Since 6/5/2018My Boss
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 6/30/19 11:00 AM

We have been club members for awhile and always pick up our wine order because we love the atmosphere, the wine and the friendly, helpful personnel.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Vera T. Member Since 6/20/2019My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 6/23/19 12:30 PM

It was a hot day and we seat outside and I was surprised I couldn't get an ice bucket for my wine, they were all occupied by a wedding!! weren't you supposed to have enough for all of your guests?

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Angela N. Member Since 6/20/2019My BFF
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 6/22/19 3:00 PM

The winery is one of the best we have visited. The classic structure, the wines, and the staff are all amazing.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Melissa C. Member Since 6/8/2019My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 6/21/19 12:00 PM

Love this beautiful place! Highly recommend upgrading to taste the lovely reserve wines. Beautiful atmosphere and one of my favorites in Sonoma!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nancy H. Member Since 9/4/2016My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 6/20/19 12:30 PM

We brought a group of ten friends from Ohio for a picnic and wine sampling on the patio. We purchased two bottles; both were enjoyed by everyone. The patio setting is breathtaking, but best of all was the warm welcome we received. Staff bent over backwards to make our visit memorable. We absolutely LOVE Chateau St. Jean, and recommend it highly for a wine country experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael P. Member Since 7/11/2017My Parents
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 6/15/19 11:30 AM

Great ambiance, views and wine!!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lindsay H. Member Since 5/5/2019My BFF
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 6/13/19 3:00 PM

We had a fabulous tasting with Kerrie. She was fantastic - friendly and knowledgeable. We loved the wine and the grounds are stunning! Highly recommend.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nancy H. Member Since 6/8/2019My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 6/09/19 2:00 PM

The cheese pairing was very good. My friends and I enjoyed it.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Dylan M. Member Since 5/15/2019My BFF
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 6/09/19 10:00 AM

Gorgeous property. Incredible views in the garden as you make your way to the tasting room where the very knowledgeable staff guide you through some fantastic wine. Highly recommend!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kylie M. Member Since 1/12/2019My Parents
Chef's Table on 6/08/19 10:30 AM

Rhonda and her team were lovely. Took our group of 8 for a walk on the grounds, stopping through the gardens before a private tasting with amuse bouche in one of the upstairs rooms of the property. It was great to hear about the winery and see the beautiful grounds. The food pairing and explanations were top notch and we had a great time- one of us even became a member on the day!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Molly M. Member Since 5/23/2019My Frenemy
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 6/06/19 1:30 PM

person pouring our tasting was too pushy and too much of a salesperson. it made me and my guest uncomfortable.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Haley Y. Member Since 4/15/2015My BFF
Unlock the Chateau on 6/04/19 11:00 AM

My group of 7 did the Escape the Chateau and it was amazing! We loved our experience and tasting and bought a ton of wine!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Cynthia K. Member Since 11/23/2018My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 6/02/19 2:00 PM

We loved everything about it!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mira A. Member Since 5/28/2019My BFF
Bottles & Bites on 6/01/19 12:30 PM

Amazing! SO nice and accommodating to us being 30 min late!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Olivia Z. Member Since 5/28/2019My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 5/31/19 1:00 PM

excellent - gorgeous grounds, superb service, wonderful wines

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Autumn O. Member Since 5/20/2019My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 5/27/19 3:00 PM

We drink Chateau St. Jean at home and wanted to taste it first hand at the vineyard. It was everything we wanted it to be. We sat out on the porch overlooking the grounds and vineyard. It was beautiful and the service was great. After our tasting, we laid on the grass under the shade of a palm tree. We couldn't have asked for a better place to end our Napa experience.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sean D. Member Since 12/28/2018My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 5/27/19 1:00 PM

Weather was great. The property is beautiful. Our service was on point. And the wines were good.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Sarah B. Member Since 3/14/2019Evil Stepmother
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 5/17/19 10:00 AM

The gardens and ground at Chateau St. Jean were beautiful. However, the woman that was doing our tasting was not welcoming and provided us no information about the wine. When asked about the wine, she would provide very little details, such as "this is fruity". When we asked for additional information about the wines, we got kindergarten type answers. It felt like she was judging our group.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 4/5
Martin F. Member Since 5/3/2019My BFF
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 5/12/19 11:00 AM

Wonderful wines and a very nice cheese and chocolate plate. The view is fantastic and the gardens are amazing. Highly recommended

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Maja R. Member Since 5/5/2019My Boss
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 5/12/19 3:00 PM

I ordered two $40 tastings on patio. Everything was great at the beginning. We went to take pictures on the property walking around for maybe 10 min. When we came back all the wine and cheese plate was gone. My purse was in the chair with another bag on the table. Also we had bags of chips and other snacks on the table. The server said he thought we left and took all the wine away,full glasses.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 4/5
Andrew T. Member Since 1/27/2018My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 5/05/19 11:00 AM

The winery and grounds are gorgeous, the wine was great, and the hospitality was fantastic. They worked with me to make my proposal to my now fiancé so great! Will definitely be returning.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jeanine G. Member Since 4/25/2019My BFF
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 5/03/19 11:00 AM

We made a 11am reservation for our party on a Friday and Bruce was our host. He was great. We enjoyed our entire experience and he was quite knowledgeable, friendly and set the right pace for our group. We would definitely recommend visiting your winery to our friends.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael L. Member Since 2/24/2019My Boss
Unlock the Chateau on 5/04/19 11:00 AM

We really enjoyed how the game was put together. Learning about the history at the same time was a bonus. Tasting the wines added an extra incentive for us to be on top of our game. Definitely worth the drive!! However a lot of the locks did not work correctly. We had the right combination but the lock were stuck. We still got through the game but that piece was disappointing. The group had fun!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Barry C. Member Since 5/3/2019My Frenemy
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 5/04/19 12:30 PM

This was my first time visiting after my family became members a few weeks ago. I was giving a wine club member passport card and told I could visit with that card anytime, but when I showed up at the winery, I felt mistrusted and was asked multiple times about who I was and the status of my membership. Not to mention that the reservation I had called in advance to book was at the wrong time.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Cynthia M. Member Since 9/7/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 4/26/19 11:30 AM

Beautiful venue, great wines and engaging service.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Paul F. Member Since 4/13/2019My BFF
Chef's Table on 4/21/19 3:00 PM

It was short, informative and very interesting. Not only did the food pair well with the wines - but the wines clearly brought out the best in the gourmet appetizers served. Would give this experience my highest recommendation.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Elizabeth Z. Member Since 3/9/2019My BFF
Unlock the Chateau on 4/18/19 3:00 PM

We had a wonderful and fun visit. Enjoyed the escape room experience with Katherine as our guide. Our tasting was delightful with a special treat or two. Really enjoyed the wine, cheeses, and the delightfully friendly and helpful staff. The Chateau and grounds are spectacular!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Susan R. Member Since 7/14/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 4/17/19 2:30 PM

It was excellent and such a gorgeous setting. Wines delicious. Pamela was amazing. So glad we came.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jorgen S. Member Since 1/3/2019My Frenemy
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 3/28/19 1:30 PM

I am surprised to be asked about the experience, because it truly felt like no-one cared about exactly that. Meaning our experience at the winery. Considering that we over the years have spent >USD 200k at St Jean and how many great experiences we have had previously at the winery, we were flabbergasted how profoundly bad our so-called Reserve tasting was at visit on March 28th 2019.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
James L. Member Since 4/13/2019My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 4/13/19 1:30 PM

I am a member of the 8555 Club at Cht St Jean and we had an exceptional experience during this visit. Damen provided excellent customer service and we enjoyed a long (2.5 hr) wine tasting in the relaxing outdoor Club Patio Area. Highly recommend visiting Cht St Jean for both their excellent reserve wines as well as their beautiful grounds.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Robert C. Member Since 2/15/2017My Frenemy
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 4/11/19 2:00 PM

Sit down tasting with cheese pairings was wonderful. Only downside is it was to cold to sit on patio.. So we had to make due with fireplace!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kristen S. Member Since 4/5/2019My Parents
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 4/10/19 3:00 PM

I would recommend this to EVERYONE! Not just parents, but all who are planning a trip to Sonoma! This was our first winery stop in Sonoma, the ambiance, scenery and wine were all fantastic!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Natalia N. Member Since 3/20/2019My BFF
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 3/30/19 11:00 AM

This place is perfect! Fancy atmosphere, beautiful view, and great wine! Can’t wait to go there again.

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