Saddleback Cellars

Oakville, CA

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  • Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER $30.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 8

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    Mosey on over for a tasting of award-winning 90+ point-rated wines, in the cellar or outside, under shade trees by the vineyard. Saddleback's unique selection includes charming white and red varietals, and Nils Venge's notable Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. Can't find a time? Call for same-day booking and groups of 8 or more Approximately 1 Hour.

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About Saddleback Cellars

Come enjoy award-winning wines handcrafted by famous winemaker Nils Venge. Relax and sip estate Pinot Blanc to luscious Reserve Cabernet with our winery dog, CHLOE at vineyard-side tables, or in our cozy cellar.

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Rustic and friendly, Saddleback Cellars takes its name from Saddleback Mountain, where owner and renowned winemaker Nils Venge, once rode horses. In 1978, Nils purchased 17 acres of prime Oakville land here in the heart of Napa Valley, and Saddleback became his passion project. Producing about 6000 cases a year, Nils' list includes limited-production unique varietals, such as Vermentino and Montepulciano, alongside award-winning Chardonnay and 90+ point Cabernet. Some around the Valley might tell you: Nils is famous for being the first American winemaker to merit a 100-point score from Robert Parker, and continues to cultivate wines with as much care and attention.

Mosey on over for a relaxing visit and tasting. Taste at our picnic tables under shady vineyard-view shade trees, or in our homegrown cellar amidst live barrels of aging wine. Holiday Closures: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day.

Notable Features

  • Boutique Winery
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Owned
  • Hand-crafted
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Limited Production
  • Pet Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
  • Sustainable
Experiences

  • General Tasting
  • Large Groups (8 - 12)
Varietals Offered

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Charbono
  • Chardonnay
  • Dessert Wine
  • Dolcetto
  • Grenache
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Rosé
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Syrah
  • Vermentino
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy BFF
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
James M. Member Since 9/4/2019My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 9/28/19 12:00 PM

Casual picnic setting. So peaceful. And I love Nils wines.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Steve V. Member Since 9/6/2019My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 9/17/19 3:00 PM

Ok

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Charles G. Member Since 9/12/2019My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 9/16/19 2:00 PM

Couldn't have asked for a better day, the weather was beautiful, was able to do tastings outside at picnic tables. Have been here many times before, friends I brought was their first time, and they loved every bit of the experience, great wine, great atmosphere, Rick was terrific, very knowledgeable of the wines. Highly recommend trying.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jeffrey H. Member Since 11/18/2013My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 9/08/19 2:00 PM

The experience was low-key and extremely peaceful since we tasted wines outside on a picnic table by the vines. An experience that is very different from most in Napa Valley. We had a fun time and tastes some good wines at great price points. Thanks!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
John C. Member Since 8/19/2019My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 9/04/19 3:00 PM

Outstanding wines and a great setting - you will not confuse them for a ‘corporate’ tasting room! Very hospitable and relaxing experience!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Mike K. Member Since 7/5/2019My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 9/03/19 12:00 PM

I would not leave Napa Valley without a visit to Saddleback Cellars. Our wine expert Rick shared all these amazing wines with the group . Friendly laid back no pressure to buy this one or that one . We did buy some of the ones we liked . Very affordable ! You can also afford the tasting fee ! Definitely a 5 STARS experience. Off the beaten path !

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Maureen H. Member Since 6/27/2014My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 8/18/19 10:00 AM

We have been members of saddleback for a number of years. It is our first winery to visit when we are back in Napa. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and care. No Napatude here! Sitting trying the first class wines overlooking the vineyard from the 'living room" is peaceful and grounding. Hats off to the Posse!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Andrew P. Member Since 8/27/2019Evil Stepmother
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 8/27/19 12:00 PM

Absolutely fantastic! Literally off the beaten path without even a sign out front. Was greeted by name when we pulled in, and were seated at a quaint little picnic table right beside the vineyards. Very laid back, very pretty setting. And the wine was some of the best I’ve ever had. 20/10 would recommend.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael D. Member Since 4/23/2015Evil Stepmother
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 8/12/19 1:00 PM

Wine was ok, facility extremely lacking. Did nothing to make me want to buy their wine.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 2/5
Dana F. Member Since 5/29/2019My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 8/05/19 12:00 PM

Rick was fabulous!!! We had a one on one tasting experience with him; sat at the picnic tables with the the vines an arms length away in the perfect rustic meets sheik atmosphere. Our only regret was not getting to meet Chloe the dog; so we bought plenty of her “blend”- which was absolutely delicious as were the other wines we tasted. Saddleback is a must see and you won’t leave empty handed!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Anita v. Member Since 7/17/2019My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 7/23/19 12:00 PM

Thank you so very much for the great hospitality. We felt very welcome and we did fall in love with Saddleback all over again.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Tracy S. Member Since 5/31/2019My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 6/15/19 1:00 PM

Was a very easy, casual tour for the 12 of us. Laid back & fun. Thanks!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 5/5
Charlotte A. Member Since 6/13/2019My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 6/15/19 2:00 PM

Great place for a picnic and a less hurried wine tasting.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Caren L. Member Since 5/12/2014My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 6/06/19 1:30 PM

The place is a throw-back to days of old and we love it!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael S. Member Since 3/5/2019My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 6/01/19 1:30 PM

Always great time, understated and off the beaten path. Great wines and staff

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Chris H. Member Since 11/6/2013My Boss
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 5/30/19 1:00 PM

Fun unpretentious and tasty. Tasting room and outside tables were staffed by friendly, cheerful and knowledgeable people.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Paul L. Member Since 11/10/2017My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 5/18/19 10:00 AM

Good wine and very low key laid back place

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Gerard B. Member Since 5/11/2019My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 5/11/19 11:30 AM

Great! Loved the laid back atmosphere!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Chris L. Member Since 4/26/2019My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 5/11/19 12:00 PM

Had a great time. Very relaxed setting with country-western theme. Great host with excellent tasting notes and a dry sense of humor. Be careful of the “proposal tractor”! If you sit on it, you have to get married, haha!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
David M. Member Since 4/5/2019My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience SUMMER on 4/12/19 12:00 PM

Fun experience

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Brett & Robin E. Member Since 7/12/2014My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 3/09/19 11:00 AM

My favorite place in the valley. Old school Napa Valley in all the best ways.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Becky D. Member Since 11/10/2015My Parents
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 1/21/19 3:00 PM

Nice wine.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Christina M. Member Since 1/2/2019My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 1/05/19 1:00 PM

Best wines of the day! We were indoors because of the rain and the indoor tasting room is part of the barrel room. But they set up crackers, glasses, and menu for us. I imagine outdoors is beautiful in the summer. Wines were fabulous! And we were the only ones in the room so we essentially got a private tasting. They even comped one tasting since we bought 6 bottles. They welcomed us and our kids.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 2/5
Bill W. Member Since 11/24/2018My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 11/30/18 11:30 AM

It turned into a private tasting by going midweek. Bob was a great host; knowledgeable, engaging and fun. It was a special treat to meet Nils Venge as he checked in on his place over lunch.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Bob C. Member Since 9/2/2015My Ex
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 11/06/18 2:00 PM

Wines were not particularly good. Rick, our host, was pretty much absent most of the time. I had to go find him so we could pay our bill and leave. Probably our second worst tasting in a week of 2-4 tastings per day.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 1/5
Jerry C. Member Since 10/15/2018My Parents
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 11/02/18 12:00 PM

Bob was an excellent host and we had a great wine tasting experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sandy Z. Member Since 9/3/2018My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 10/27/18 1:30 PM

Amazing! It's not over the top or expansive like some of the larger estates. This felt like you were sitting in someone's backyard sipping on wine with friends. It's tucked away, cozy and of course fantastic wine!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ken A. Member Since 10/26/2018My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 10/27/18 11:30 AM

Beautiful setting and great host! Would highly recommend visiting Saddleback.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Katie H. Member Since 10/11/2018My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 10/14/18 11:30 AM

We had a great experience with Craig and Maverick the dog. Great wine and atmosphere.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
James R. Member Since 9/13/2018My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 10/06/18 10:00 AM

at first wasn't sure a block building and picnic tables, but our host was wonderful and so full of wine knowledge. The wine was wonderful we bought 2 bottle and had then with dinner. a cool way to experience Napa in a low key way.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Carrie W. Member Since 9/24/2018My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 9/29/18 1:30 PM

Saddleback was a great end to our day in NAPA! They were so hospitable, and we loved sitting outside right by the vines! This vineyard had delicious wine, and we had the best host! She was great at explaining about the winery and vines, and just made you feel at home. I will be joining the wine club!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Maureen A. Member Since 4/15/2014My Boss
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 9/23/18 3:00 PM

Delicious wines in a very relaxed non pretentious setting. Weather permitted us to sit outside with close up view of the vineyard. Hostess was knowledgeable and patient with all our questions

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Terri K. Member Since 7/15/2018My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 9/01/18 1:00 PM

Warm personalized tasting in ranch setting.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Suzanne L. Member Since 8/21/2018My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 8/26/18 3:00 PM

Loved the old world feel of the wine tasting. Sitting under the trees & just enjoying the whole thing. Enjoyed the wine but our guide was the best!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
bill h. Member Since 8/10/2018My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 8/21/18 10:00 AM

Laid back, intimate tasting of very good wines. Actually doing some bottling on site that day, so was even more educational for us. Our host was very friendly, knowledgeable, and shared his wealth of experience and stories! I am sure we overstayed our welcome but greatly enjoyed the experience. Joined the wine club so we could further enjoy the fine wines at home!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Joyce H. Member Since 7/31/2018My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 8/01/18 10:00 AM

This was our second visit to Saddleback as we were in Napa Valley about 6 years ago. We were prepared for the experience to be different, but in reality it was just as we remembered from the friendly folks that work there to Chloe the dog, Nils the owner and last but not least the WINES!! My favorite is still the Zinfindel, yummy. Don & Joyce Hunter

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Malissa N. Member Since 1/13/2016My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 7/09/18 12:30 PM

Quaint & quiet. A really gem in the Napa Valley. And the wines are all very good!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alan J. Member Since 4/8/2017My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 6/23/18 1:00 PM

laid-back, casual ambience, friendly staff, great wines with some unusual cultivars for Napa such as Pinot Blanc and Charbono

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mark M. Member Since 6/9/2015My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 6/15/18 12:30 PM

Enjoyed the atmosphere and the wine. The music was great.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Katie B. Member Since 5/12/2018My BFF
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 6/02/18 12:00 PM

Everything was set up and ready for us. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, not to mention delicious wines!

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

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