Chateau St. Jean

Kenwood, CA

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  • The next date with availability for 2 guests is Sunday, April 28, 2019.

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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
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
Brian P. Member Since 3/1/2019My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 3/04/19 3:30 PM

It was a magical, wonderful afternoon. I cannot wait to do it again.Erin

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Susan D. Member Since 3/27/2019My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 3/27/19 11:30 AM

Stellar wine tasting with Garrett!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Pedro R. Member Since 3/17/2019My Boss
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 3/26/19 11:00 AM

Michelle was awesome and took great care of me and my wife. Everything was top notch, loved the place

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Thomas S. Member Since 3/21/2019My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 3/22/19 1:00 PM

The space was nice and everything was done very professionally. The wine and cheese pairings were delicious.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Christina R. Member Since 8/27/2018My BFF
Unlock the Chateau on 3/17/19 11:00 AM

The escape room was great! Jeff was our host and he was amazing. A wonderful experience!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Shawna F. Member Since 3/10/2019My Parents
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 3/16/19 1:30 PM

The grounds were beautiful. We enjoyed our time there. Our only complaints are that we had three different servers. We started off with one, got passed to another, and then got passed to the last one. I was there with my 20 year old daughter and it would have been nice to have some nonalcoholic beverages available for her so that we didn’t feel guilty about sipping wine while she drank water.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nikki L. Member Since 2/10/2012My Parents
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 3/16/19 11:00 AM

The estate is beautiful and we were warmly welcomed. I did feel a very hard push to join the wine club. We were asked if we wanted to join the first time right upon check in- before even tasting the wines, which I thought was odd. There is definitely a heavy focus on the club membership all the way through the experience which was a bit off putting. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 3/5
Sarah F J. Member Since 2/17/2019My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 3/08/19 12:00 PM

We loved our wine tasting experience at Chateau St. Jean! The wines were fabulous and Butch was so courteous and knowledgeable. We joined their wine club and shipped wine home. I highly recommend a visit there.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lisa M. Member Since 2/20/2019My BFF
Chateau Reserve Group Tasting on 3/07/19 3:30 PM

Amazing experience! The whole staff was beyond accommodating!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
SCOT B. Member Since 1/5/2018My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 3/03/19 2:00 PM

The club tasting room at St Jean is always amazing. We try to stop each time we visit the area.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
DeJuana A. Member Since 1/21/2019My BFF
Unlock the Chateau on 3/04/19 11:00 AM

As a family we are competitive and enjoy games. This was quite fun and allowed us to each shine in our own way. It was a delightful and fun experience for all of us. Would we do it again? Yes, we are waiting for 2.0 version.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sheri D. Member Since 12/21/2018My BFF
Unlock the Chateau on 3/03/19 11:00 AM

We booked the Escape Room/Tasting as xmas gift to enjoy with our children and their spouses- we loved it! Most of our party had never done an escape room before, but everyone had a blast. We were greeted with a glass of sparkling while we were introduced to the Chateau and then headed into the mansion for the Escape Room experience. Everything was very well explained and laid out.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mk H. Member Since 6/28/2017My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 3/02/19 1:30 PM

Exceptional service. Informed staff. Happy and graceful. Unparalleled in the industry today in seated tasting. Simply prepare to leave with cases.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mark K. Member Since 2/21/2019My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 2/23/19 3:00 PM

Love being a member of the wine club as the wines are always delicious. Kudos to the winemaker as well as all of the staff that made and always make each of our visits to Chateau St. Jean feel very special - an event. Thank you!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lauren B. Member Since 1/5/2018My Boss
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 1/20/19 1:00 PM

Great experience!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Debbie B. Member Since 1/31/2017My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 2/05/19 12:30 PM

Erin was great and helped hook up two new club members!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Rosanna P. Member Since 1/17/2019My BFF
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 2/01/19 2:00 PM

absolutely beautiful, enjoyed the wines, very friendly, and welcoming. eager to answer all questions and gave recommendations . would come back again

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
John R. Member Since 1/10/2019My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 1/21/19 2:30 PM

Excelent wines and friendly staff.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Susan K. Member Since 8/30/2011My Boss
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 1/20/19 1:00 PM

The location is beautiful. Great pictures and the Pinot Noir is amazing !

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Carole D. Member Since 1/19/2019My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 1/20/19 1:30 PM

It was a cold and windy day, everyone ( Chanda etal ) was very accommodating to our needs. We had a lovely time and bought some lovely wines.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ken W. Member Since 1/14/2019My Ex
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 1/14/19 12:00 PM

Facility was beautiful but the Chateau was closed for a photo shoot which we were not told at the time of booking. We were disappointed that we were unable to tour the Chateau.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jessica B. Member Since 1/17/2019My Frenemy
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 1/19/19 11:00 AM

The grounds were beautiful and the wine was good. However, the HARD SELL on the club membership was completely over the top. Geoff brought it up FOUR TIMES during our 45 minute tasting, explaining it in detail. Even if our group had been interested, his nagging pitch was a complete turn-off.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Kayla A. Member Since 1/10/2019My BFF
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 1/19/19 11:00 AM

Our reservation was for morning bites and flights. We loved the room, music and overall ambiance. The wine was fantastic and loved the food, (apple cinnamon bread was our favorite). Only downside, we felt a little overly pressured to join the wine club. Would recommend to everyone, we will be back!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Cameron W. Member Since 1/8/2019My Parents
Welcome to Chateau St. Jean Tasting on 1/12/19 11:00 AM

We could not have been treated better. Especially Geoff and Russ (but really everyone), they made it a fantastic experience for all of us. They managed a big group (some of whom couldn't quite get there at our scheduled time) with ease. I'll be back for the reserve tasting and possibly the escape room as well.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Katrine O. Member Since 11/5/2015My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 1/10/19 1:00 PM

A lovely experience - excellent service and lovely wines.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Kelly T. Member Since 1/3/2019My BFF
Morning Bites & Wine Flight on 1/05/19 11:00 AM

We really enjoyed our time there. We did the morning slot. Everyone in the party agreed it was one of our favorites while we were there.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
SCOT B. Member Since 1/5/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 12/30/18 3:30 PM

We have been Wine Club members for the past 4 years. This is such a beautiful place to come sit and relax. Erin and Damen with wonderful with the tasting.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Tom M. Member Since 10/10/2018My Boss
Classic St. Jean Tasting on 12/28/18 3:00 PM

The wines were good. The 45th Anniversary Cab Sauv was the best of the bunch. I was looking forward to trying at least one of your Pinot Noirs, but it was not to be , even though there were six listed in the complete wine list (not the tasting menu for that day.) Guess I just picked the wrong day (or perhaps just the wrong season to visit) to not be offered at least one Pinot Noir to taste.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Cynthia M. Member Since 9/7/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 12/28/18 2:30 PM

Live the wine. Keep coming back for the great experiences they create for members and guests.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kaitlyn P. Member Since 6/4/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 12/19/18 12:30 PM

Karen wrapped a beautiful gift for my business partner and helped select the items to go with the wine . I love being able to bring my colleagues and clients to taste and have a personal shopper. Amazing.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Courtney B. Member Since 2/16/2017My BFF
Chateau Reserve Wine Flight & Bites on 11/16/18 1:00 PM

Great Staff!! Awesome wines! Attention to detail! Very impressed!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
MB R. Member Since 10/25/2018My BFF
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 11/09/18 3:30 PM

We were greeted with a smile and escorted to our tasting. Tastings, of course, were good and we were given a lot of info about the wines and different vineyards. The property is absolutely beautiful. It's definitely a place to stop and enjoy.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Monica M. Member Since 12/20/2016My Boss
Welcome to Chateau St. Jean Tasting on 11/11/18 2:00 PM

The grounds really nice. The tasting selection was great!

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