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

Photo Gallery

Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy Parents
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kristy S. Member Since 11/3/2019My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 11/29/19 12:30 PM

Always an amazing time. I have been members of several wine clubs in CA and this one is my favorite.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sandra E. Member Since 9/6/2017My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 11/27/19 1:30 PM

I'm a wine club member and made a last minute reservation the day before Thanksgiving. Winery was closing early. Wasn't able to book a curated pairing, which I would have preferred, so some of my experience was not as great as I would have liked, but mostly because I waited until the last minute...

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Sebastian V. Member Since 7/18/2019My Boss
Reserve Wine Flight in the Chateau on 11/26/19 12:00 PM

We had an incredible experience during our Reserve Tasting with Rhonda! Such an incredibly lovely property and overwhelming gardens, tucked in away in the most charming little town of Kenwood. Everyone working in the tasting room was very friendly, and we definitely wound up buying some cute tchotchkes and those amazing Black Truffle chips I so rarely get my hands on!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Adrienne G. Member Since 11/20/2019My BFF
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 11/23/19 11:00 AM

Chateau St. Jean was absolutely beautiful- like visiting a chateau in the French Countryside. The ambiance was warm and inviting and the staff was wonderfully welcoming and friendly. We enjoyed our experience very much. Thank you!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
wayne w. Member Since 10/28/2019My Parents
Chateau Reserve Group Tasting on 11/17/19 3:30 PM

Great setting and staff. Decent wine, not blown away by the wine.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Betsy H. Member Since 11/9/2019My BFF
Bottles & Bites on 11/16/19 3:30 PM

We were immediately greeted when we arrived, offered a welcome tasting and then quickly greeted by Alice, our host. She was so nice and accommodating even though it was VERY busy on a Saturday afternoon. She checked up on us a few times making sure we were still having fun and had the kindest and most genuine demeanor. I couldn't recommend this experience more and Alice, too!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Richard W. Member Since 10/4/2019My BFF
Chef's Table on 11/15/19 2:30 PM

The setting is beautiful, even in the Fall! The backdrop of the buildings set the stage. We opted for the Chef's Table and pairing. Overall the experience was positive though I felt the wine and food was a bit slim for the $60 fee. Granted the winery want to be careful with what quantities of food and wine are presented. The library wines were very yummy and yes I purchased their Pinot Noir.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Sonia R. Member Since 9/10/2019My BFF
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 11/09/19 11:00 AM

Chateau’s wines are great and the vineyard is beautiful!

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Jim W. Member Since 11/3/2019My BFF
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 11/10/19 11:00 AM

Beautiful property and setting. Warm welcome, gracious host and great wine. Enjoyed our stay!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
James M. Member Since 9/22/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 11/10/19 1:30 PM

Great experience tasting that afternoon. The wines & service were excellent! Great value with the sparkling on sale, we bought a case.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Thomas P. Member Since 11/9/2019My BFF
Reserve Wine Flight in the Chateau on 11/10/19 1:00 PM

Very welcoming and inviting. Felt at home.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
DEAN P. Member Since 1/18/2018Evil Stepmother
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 11/08/19 1:30 PM

The experience was sub standard compared to your facility, let alone your competitors! I have been a member twice for multiple years. You are so Under Staffed and Over Booked in the reserve area that we were lucky to get tastings, let alone any good descriptions and interaction with the staff. This was my 4th trip to the facility and I feel bad that you have let it come to this.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 4/5
Karen L. Member Since 11/17/2016My BFF
Reserve Wine Flight in the Chateau on 10/19/19 2:00 PM

I have been a member since 1998 to the wine club. Chateau St Jean was always a highlight to our trip. The last couple of years it has not been so great as many of the tasting room employees that were long time fictures have left. This year our host was much more welcoming and made me feel like i was a valued member.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Kelly D. Member Since 10/6/2019My Boss
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 11/09/19 3:00 PM

Upon arrival we had to wait about 20 minutes for our scheduled reservation to even be acknowledged. Also, what kind of place has reservations for the stand up bar? It was basically first come first serve. The lady even said “you have 8 people so you better get up there while you have a chance”. This was not what we expected. I had to flag someone down to finally get us started 30 minutes later

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 3/5
Carly R. Member Since 9/15/2019My Frenemy
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 11/09/19 1:00 PM

Lovely building and garden but not welcoming at all how they’ve divided the grounds up into experiences/price levels. If you’re so in love with your grounds, just charge more per tasting and make the experience beautiful and welcoming to all who are willing to pay.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 3/5
Kristy S. Member Since 11/3/2019My BFF
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 11/08/19 12:00 PM

What a friendly and welcoming team. Between the people and the gorgeous setting (and club member patio) it was a fabulous experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Elizabeth R. Member Since 8/22/2019My BFF
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 11/08/19 10:00 AM

It was a gorgeous day and an incredible experience at Chateau St Jean. The food and wine-pairing was fantastic and our service was impeccable. I highly recommend as a go to destination for the wines, the view and the ambiance!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Carol E. Member Since 8/22/2015My BFF
Reserve Wine Flight in the Chateau on 11/08/19 12:00 PM

A fun experience; perfect to share with family & friends. Great wines and great hospitality!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Fernand B. Member Since 11/5/2019My BFF
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 11/05/19 3:00 PM

We had a wonderful experience. Michael is a great host.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Carol G. Member Since 7/5/2019My BFF
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 11/01/19 10:00 AM

We arrived at Chateau St. Jean with a bachelorette party of 8 and everyone loved not only with the beautiful surroundings but also with presentation and explanation of the wines offered. The selection of cheese was amazing! I would absolutely recommend visiting!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jane N. Member Since 10/22/2019Evil Stepmother
Unlock the Chateau on 11/03/19 11:00 AM

Chateau St. Jean and the Unlock the Chateau Experience was the highlight of my birthday weekend in Napa! The winery sets itself apart with its charm, history, and beautiful scenery - it feels endearingly intimate. We had so much fun doing the escape room (and setting new records). Now it's my favorite place in Napa, and I can’t thank Pamela and the staff enough for an amazing and memorable time!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Leanne B. Member Since 10/11/2019My BFF
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 10/26/19 10:00 AM

We were scheduled for a Classic tasting at Chateau St. Jean and upgraded to a Reserve Tasting on the patio. It was the best decision we could have made. The wine was the best we had all weekend, the staff was knowledgeable and personable, and the setting was gorgeous. What a wonderful way to start a beautiful day in wine country. We will be back for sure!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Tanjeet S. Member Since 9/4/2019My BFF
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 10/26/19 11:00 AM

I wanted to take a moment to really thank you for arranging such a memorable experience for my group at Chateau St. Jean this past weekend. What a beautiful winery. I cannot wait to come back and bring my husband.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mike C. Member Since 9/14/2013My BFF
Chef's Table on 10/25/19 10:30 AM

The food and wine pairing was simply outstanding. Our host "Butch" was delightful and the chef prepared food to die for.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Rebecca E. Member Since 8/23/2019My BFF
Reserve Wine Flight in the Chateau on 10/24/19 2:00 PM

The entire ambiance was incredible. Such a beautiful place. Lorena was awesome

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ty S. Member Since 10/18/2019My BFF
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 10/18/19 1:00 PM

Great place!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Natasha N. Member Since 3/20/2019My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 10/12/19 12:30 PM

That was a lovely experience. My husband and I and our friends genuinely enjoyed the experience from the moment we came to the winery. The sitting arrangements was so beautiful with a great view and excellent service.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ben K. Member Since 9/4/2019My Frenemy
Reserve Wine Flight in the Chateau on 10/11/19 4:00 PM

The property was beautiful, however our host "Geoff" was disappointing. There was a wedding in the center courtyard and that seemed to be the focus. I made reservations a month in advance for 4:00pm for 4, paid in full at time of reservation. It was obvious we were being rushed. We asked if we needed to hurry and the response was "well I cant tell you, you have to leave, but yes" Enough said...

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 2/5
Mary Z. Member Since 9/14/2016My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 10/06/19 11:30 AM

Our rep was personable, a pro & answered all questions. CSJ provided a complimentary cheese plate that was delicious & unexpected. The wines are legendary.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Steven D. Member Since 8/27/2019Evil Stepmother
Reserve Wine Flight in the Chateau on 9/02/19 4:00 PM

terrible and do not go on a holiday!

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 2/5
matt q. Member Since 9/30/2019My BFF
Reserve Wine Flight in the Chateau on 10/05/19 12:00 PM

It was good

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 5/5
Gina-Rose O. Member Since 9/19/2018My Ex
Bottles & Bites on 10/04/19 2:30 PM

I was very unimpressed with the bottles and bites tasting experience. It included 3 bottles and 2 cheese trays...not included was a true winery experience sharing each wine. Eric dropped the bottles at our table and left. I pressed him to at least explain the wines which he did in one breathe before walking away and never returning. I would have preferred to save the $250 and bought nice bottles.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 5/5
Louise M. Member Since 1/22/2014My BFF
Reserve Wine Flight in the Chateau on 10/02/19 3:00 PM

I find the staff With no passion for their products. Not very friendly. Did not want to know anything about their guests. Will not recommend reserve or the regular tasting.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Sue C. Member Since 7/2/2019My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 10/01/19 1:30 PM

Overall the staff was fantastic. The wines were delicious as was our cheese plate.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Terri W. Member Since 5/27/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 9/30/19 3:30 PM

We always enjoy CSJ reserve experience. The wines and ambiance are top drawer

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Cynthia M. Member Since 7/30/2019My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 9/29/19 11:30 AM

Always a lovely setting and tasty wines.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 5/5
Valerie A. Member Since 7/26/2019My BFF
Reserve Wine Flight in the Chateau on 9/28/19 1:00 PM

lovely experience, variety of wines - knowledgeable staff. Was a busy day, Outdoor seating was enjoyable- relaxed feel took our time.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mary Kay G. Member Since 8/25/2019My BFF
Reserve Wine Flight in the Chateau on 9/28/19 2:00 PM

The grounds are absolutely beautiful! Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Roland F. Member Since 8/24/2019My BFF
Reserve Wine Flight in the Chateau on 9/23/19 11:00 AM

My wife and I arrived right at the time of our tasting experience instead of earlier due to traffic, but we were warmly greeted and served a Brut Rosé. We then headed outdoors to a beautiful view overlooking the vines and a Magnolia tree. Our host described the 8 wines being offered (hint: split and share) All the wine was excellent, and I have a new appreciation for Sonoma wines, especially CSJ!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lauren M. Member Since 9/12/2019My Parents
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 9/23/19 2:00 PM

Enjoyed an afternoon classic tasting at Chateau St Jean. Shop is stocked with cute wine themed household items and jewelry. We were greeted with a toast of bubbly. Friendly staff who shared a lot of information/ recommendations about the local and bay areas. We took some photos outside of the chateau w/the gorgeous vineyard backdrop. Note that table seating within the chateau is an additional cost

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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