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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.

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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 Experiences
  • General Tasting
  • Large Groups (8 - 12)
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 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Joyce H. Member Since 7/31/2018
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 1/13/2016
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 4/8/2017
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 6/9/2015
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 5/12/2018
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
Rick W. Member Since 3/31/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 5/29/18 1:00 PM

My friends, Bob and Stephanie, and my better half, Rose, have been to literally hundreds of wineries over the decades. They all said that this was the most outstanding wine tasting experience they had ever had. We were blown away by Michelle’s hospitality. The awesome wine just enhanced the entire experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Paula C. Member Since 5/23/2013
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 5/18/18 12:00 PM

Always excellent. For those looking for a "real Napa" winery expperience, not a polished, corporate, prissy place,..... just plain fun, lovely vineyard and fun, knowledgeable hosts. Winery dog Chloe si lovable too.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Blair C. Member Since 5/11/2018
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 5/18/18 10:00 AM

We came for a tasting and each left with a bottle of wine!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Larry B. Member Since 4/20/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 5/16/18 12:00 PM

Great, unassuming atmosphere. Bob is the best host. He’s knowledgeable, friendly, and funny. He pours delicious wine too.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Warren L. Member Since 5/12/2014
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 5/13/18 2:00 PM

We just love the place. Please don't go there.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nicolas J. Member Since 5/2/2018
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 5/05/18 2:30 PM

It was Heaven on a Saturday afternoon.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nick C. Member Since 3/20/2018
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 5/04/18 1:30 PM

It was an amazing place for a picnic. Great wine with true rustic vibes

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
susan h. Member Since 4/21/2018
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 4/22/18 3:00 PM

Super low-key spot with some really great reds! It's a small place that doesn't really have any indoor seating but it's great just to sit at a picnic table looking out on some of the vineyard. Michelle gave us our tasting and was super-friendly and educated us on their wines and Nils Venge, Saddleback's winemaker. They are known for their cabs but we especially enjoyed their old vine zinfandel.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
William C. Member Since 3/23/2015
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 3/28/18 10:00 AM

Had a great time at saddleback. It’s not fancy but the wine is great and sitting amongst the vines is th true Napa experience. I join the wine club for the great and affordable wine night.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sharon S. Member Since 3/8/2018
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 3/13/18 2:00 PM

I love Saddleback! Down home atmosphere, great wine, and wine educator Erica is my new best friend! What a great place!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ken C. Member Since 4/27/2016
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 3/02/18 11:00 AM

Great ambiance. Bob is very people oriented. Kevin Brady recommended the winery to me and he didn't lead me astray. I joined the wine club and will be bringing other people to the winery.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
John L. Member Since 2/14/2018
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 2/14/18 2:30 PM

We had to visit Saddleback after Nils came to Grand Rapids several years ago and held a Wine dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. On our visit Bob our host was very friendly and made us feel at home. Shipped some of our favs back home. Thank you!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mark P. Member Since 1/26/2018
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 1/27/18 11:30 AM

One of our best 'little winery' tastings for the day. We were 30 minutes early, but were greeted cheerfully and cordially seated. Despite already having two groups seated in the patio area, it was not crowded. The hostess was very nice and did not neglect us in favor of the larger group she was serving. Highest tasting fee of the day, however, and only refunded with large purchase. Not cool.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Jennifer K. Member Since 1/5/2018
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 1/07/18 10:30 AM

Our host was very pleasant and easy to talk to- share tidbits about the winemaking process both for winemakers in general and for Saddleback. I really enjoyed the wines that we tasted and ended up buying 4 bottles of wine.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Joel E. Member Since 3/1/2014
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience on 12/12/17 11:00 AM

Saddleback is like Napa Valley 50 years ago. Incredible wine in an unpretentious setting. The staff is warm, knowledgeable and anxious to please. We love this place.

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

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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 5/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
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 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
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 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
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 2/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
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 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
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 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
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 5/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kenny A. Member Since 6/1/2017
Cellar or Patio Tasting Experience -SUMMER on 6/02/17 2:00 PM

Great experience!

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

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

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Saddleback Cellars
7802 Money Road
Oakville, CA 94562

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