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About Saddleback Cellars

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

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Rustic and friendly, Saddleback Cellars takes its name from Saddleback Mountain, where owner and renowned winemaker Nils Venge, as a young buckaroo, rode horses. In 1978, Nils purchased 17 acres of prime Oakville land here in the heart of Napa Valley, and Saddleback was born -- with a Country Western theme of course. Producing about 6000 cases a year, Nils' list includes limited-production exclusive varietals, such as Pinot Blanc and Charbono, alongside award-winning Chardonnay and Cabernet. Some around the Valley might tell you: Nils is well-known 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 our vinyardside shade trees, or in our homegrown cellar amidst live barrels of aging wine. Holiday Closures: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day.

features 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
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • By Appointment Only
  • Complimentary with Purchase
  • Large Groups (6-12)
  • Large Groups (12-20)
  • Napa Neighbor Participant
  • Patio Tasting
  • Reservation Required
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Wine Club
  • Wine Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Albarino
  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Charbono
  • Chardonnay
  • Dessert Wine
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Red Table Wine
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Syrah
  • Vermentino
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
Overall Score 5 Star Overall Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star First Impression Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Hospitality Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Ambiance Rating 4/5
Angela N. Member Since 9/12/2010
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 11/10/17 3:00 PM

Saddleback is always a good time. if you are looking for a laid back experience with fantastic wines and interesting varietals Saddleback is a great choice. It has to be one of the best values in Napa.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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GRIFFIN G. Member Since 10/30/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 11/02/17 10:00 AM

What a great way to start off our Napa experience. Bob was an incredible host and we loved the vino... Amazing start to a great Tripp...

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Karen Ann C. Member Since 8/27/2016
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 11/05/17 11:30 AM

When arriving at Saddleback, we were struck with how small and agricultural it was. There were a couple of tractors, picnic tables and wine barrels. The autumn leaves added splashes of color. Our hostess was wonderful and immediately asked us our tasting preferences. We chose to sit outside, we had our dog with us. Throughout the tasting experience, our hostess let us taste at our own pace.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Kristen O. Member Since 9/1/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 10/06/17 3:00 PM

Always a great winery to visit!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jodie P. Member Since 1/28/2015
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 10/08/17 12:00 PM

This one of our favorite wineries. Always a great time in the relaxed environment and great wines!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Mary Ann & Peter V. Member Since 9/16/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 9/25/17 11:00 AM

This is a gem. Low key - no high brow - but excellent wines. This is a must see and drink!!!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Tim C. Member Since 9/23/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 9/24/17 11:30 AM

Very unprepossessing winery - loved it! Liked all of the wines, some more than others. Very intimate and personal experience. Had a great, great visit!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Kristine B. Member Since 6/30/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 9/14/17 10:00 AM

So much fun.. great wine and great spot particularly if you like country music.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jeff K. Member Since 8/2/2015
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 9/08/17 1:00 PM

The winery is not glitzy like some but wines are excellent. We enjoyed sitting out on the picnic tables just enjoying the experience.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Michelle A. Member Since 8/28/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 8/28/17 12:30 PM

Loved our tasting expert. He was a lovely gentleman. Wine were amazing. Would definitely go back again.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Nancy W. Member Since 7/11/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 8/23/17 2:00 PM

We sat at a long table outside...there were 10 of us. The first wine wasn't too bad but service was bad. No talk or description of wine we were drinking although he would explain if we asked. When we wanted the next, we had to go find him.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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John C. Member Since 8/6/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 8/08/17 3:00 PM

Rustic setting on a beautiful property in the heart of wine country. Enjoyed the laid back atmosphere while tasting excellent wines in an outdoor location next to the vineyard. Very welcoming and fun place to visit.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Diane R. Member Since 7/24/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 7/28/17 3:00 PM

There wasn't a lot to this tasting, but we kind of liked ending our day with little fuss. We sat and drank. There is nothing wrong with that. Wine was good. Thanks!

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Joanne C. Member Since 6/28/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 7/09/17 1:30 PM

We enjoyed lunch on picnic tables in front of their vineyard during our wine tasting. The tasting was informative and delicious. Great place!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Greg I. Member Since 5/22/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 7/02/17 12:30 PM

A relaxing and rustic experience. Truly enjoyed my tasting outside next to the grapes that created the my wine.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Mike and Quinn B. Member Since 6/22/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 6/23/17 1:00 PM

We were able to relax outside and enjoy some amazing wine. A a great find off the main streets of Napa.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Wendy K. Member Since 5/26/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 6/20/17 12:30 PM

WOW! This was our first visit but will not be the last. When you drive up you arrive at an unassuming "barn" type structure. If the name hadn't been painted on the mailbox we would have mistaken it for a residential structure. But as soon as we walked up Bob greeted us and got us set up at a picnic table outside right next to the vineyard. We sampled six wines and enjoyed Bobs explanations

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Kenny A. Member Since 6/1/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 6/02/17 2:00 PM

Great experience!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jeff J. Member Since 2/21/2016
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 5/19/17 1:30 PM

Wow... so nice to get out of the crowds, into the shade, next to the vineyard, and taste Saddleback's great wine. Just delightful. Great tasting experience. Loved Chloe too. Many thanks. We'll be back.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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DeeDee M. Member Since 9/15/2012
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 5/18/17 12:30 PM

Saddleback Cellars is a great place to visit. The wines are wonderful and so is the atmosphere. I came with a group of 20 and we had a picnic lunch under the oak trees. We could not ask for more.

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Claire B. Member Since 12/7/2016
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 5/05/17 3:00 PM

My best description of Saddleback is a fabulous winemaker from the 70's that hasn't succumbed to the current Napa Valley. There's nothing fancy or over the top. Just really good wine, 4 picnic tables and Chloe, the dog. We loved it.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Beth D. Member Since 4/11/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 4/18/17 2:00 PM

We thoroughly enjoyed our tasting at Saddleback. We were able to sit outside and the service was excellent. We were provided a lot of information about the wine and winery. Pours were very good, and we enjoyed the wines.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Bob L. Member Since 3/28/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 3/28/17 3:00 PM

Saddleback has wonderful wine and hospitality and will be back next time we come out to Napa!! Staff is wonderful and welcoming and feels like home away from home!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Philip P. Member Since 8/4/2011
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 3/27/17 12:00 PM

Charming and easy going

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Nath P. Member Since 1/4/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 3/04/17 1:30 PM

Indoor tasting a bit more of a cowboy feel and the selections weren't good. Outdoor experience may be better.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Lisa G. Member Since 5/23/2012
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 2/18/17 1:00 PM

Loved the picnic table next to the vines!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Rick M. Member Since 2/4/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 2/14/17 10:00 AM

The Best Winery that we visited in the Napa and Sonoma Region. Very pleasant staff and very comfortable experience. We were given personal attention and detailed explanation of their wines. We were lucky enough to view a barrel flushing as they separate the wine from the residue. Outstanding wines especially Chloe. We were able to meet the actual Chloe, Saddleback's dog.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Mindy B. Member Since 2/9/2013
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 2/14/17 2:30 PM

Great wine and very casual all at the same time, enjoyed our experience very much!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Kelley D. Member Since 9/21/2016
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 2/04/17 12:00 PM

AWESOME!! We had an amazing time - everyone was so courteous and welcoming. We love Saddleback!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Dan W. Member Since 10/24/2016
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 12/29/16 1:30 PM

Great place to hang out outside and have lunch. The wine was really good and Bob's service was relaxed and professional. Nice relaxed atmosphere.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Dan L. Member Since 12/2/2016
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 12/04/16 3:00 PM

Loved the relaxed cowboy atmosphere of Saddleback. If you like tasting good wine, outdoors, on a beautiful fall afternoon, with friends and family then this is the place to come.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Stacy R. Member Since 9/29/2016
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 9/30/16 12:00 PM

Ho hum wine and atmosphere.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
Amy L. Member Since 11/13/2016
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 11/13/16 1:00 PM

Wonderful quiet vineyard. Beautiful setting and amazing wine. Great family owned winery!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Dave R. Member Since 7/9/2014
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 11/12/16 3:00 PM

A nice off the beaten path winery with a small family feel. The ambiance is very relaxed, you can sit outside and taste and they service was great. They have a great variety of wine, but none of them blew my socks off. If you want to sit outside next to a vineyard and and not be in a dark room for your tastings this IS the place. If you are looking for a dramatic view or setting this is not.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Greg H. Member Since 2/22/2012
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 11/12/16 10:30 AM

Had a great time. Beautiful day sitting in the vineyard sipping wine. Staff took their time with us and shared stories about the winery.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Sarah R. Member Since 8/22/2016
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 9/23/16 12:00 PM

Loved the casual setting. It was a great way for our group of 6 to unwind and enjoy their excellent wine. Our driver went to get us sandwiches while we had our tasting and we were able to enjoy a picnic lunch there. It was by far our favorite visit of the day!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Joel E. Member Since 3/1/2014
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 10/04/16 11:30 AM

Great sitting at the picnic tables sipping great wine.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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David M. Member Since 9/18/2016
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 9/18/16 10:30 AM

Casual tasting outside on shaded picnic tables next to the vines.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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John B. Member Since 9/25/2015
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 9/12/16 12:30 PM

Michelle hosted us on the tasting of a flight of wines. Tasting was outside on a perfect day! All the wines were wonderful and Michelle was great. Chloe made sure to visit us for some rubs... very cool dog. A really nice experience!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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George E. Member Since 6/26/2014
Cellar Tasting Experience on 8/20/16 12:00 PM

Having lived in Napa for many years I decided to venture into unknown territory for me. What a great little winery and great wines! My wife and I had a late lunch planned so this was a great way to start our day. Generous pours and overall great experience.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Oakville, CA 94562

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