Sterling Vineyards

Calistoga, CA

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  • Platinum Experience $85.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 8

    Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun

    The crème de la crème of our offerings at Sterling Vineyards, the Platinum Experience is the perfect addition to your Napa bucket list! Indulge your taste buds in this one hour semi-private wine & food pairing and educational tasting. Enjoy a flight of four small-production reserve wines, perfectly paired with a series of sensational amuse-bouches prepared by our Sterling Vineyards culinary team. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Reserve Tasting Experience $75.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 10

    Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun

    Sightsee from our aerial tram, followed by a seated tasting of our most exclusive selections - a range of reserve wines, Platinum and Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon. Flight includes a delectable cheese & charcuterie pairing in our Reserve Room. Once your tasting concludes, enjoy the scenic views from our terraces as you take a self-guided tour of the winery. Approximately 1.5 Hours.

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  • Polished Tour $65.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 8

    Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun

    Following your aerial tram ride, meet your host in the portico and delight in an intimate tour through the winery while learning about our history and winemaking practices. Following the tour, make your way to our main tasting room and delight in a vertical selection of our exclusive Platinum Collection wines. Approximately 1.5 Hours.

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  • Silver Experience $55.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 8

    Daily

    Enjoy the aerial tram, followed by a seated wine tasting experience featuring a selection of limited-release wines in one of our inviting Tasting Rooms. Once your tasting concludes, enjoy the scenic view from our terraces as you take the self-guided tour of the winery. Guests are invited to enhance their Silver Experience with an artisanal cheese pairing for two $16 available to purchase upon check-in. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Signature Winery Tour $35.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 18

    Daily

    Journey via aerial tram ride, enjoy a self-guided tour of the lower portion of the winery & scenic views from our terraces, followed by a tasting of current release wines. All ages are welcome – admission for those aged 3 - 20 is $20 per person, charged upon check in, and must be accompanied by someone 21+. Please note, the aerial tram ride may be closed for environmental safety reasons. If this occurs, we will transport guests via private luxury shuttle and provide a modified tour & tasting. Approximately 1 Hour.

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About Sterling Vineyards

Perched on a hilltop, above the town of Calistoga, Sterling Vineyards offers the best views of Napa Valley. There's more than just beautiful views to get excited about: the new Platinum Experience has made Sterling a must stop culinary destination.

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Perched on a hilltop, 300 feet above the town of Calistoga, Sterling Vineyards offers panoramic views of Napa Valley. An aerial tram carries visitors up the hill to the winery, whose architecture was modeled after that of the Greek island of Mykonos, where Sterling founder Peter Newton once lived. The brilliant white stucco stands out dramatically against the rugged Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges that flank each side of Napa Valley. The winery’s towers house eight bells from London’s Church of St. Dunstans-in-the-East, originally founded in the 10th century. The church was , destroyed by fire in 1666, rebuilt, then destroyed again during the bombing of WWII. Walkways, balconies, and digital screens allow guests to take a self-guided tour of Sterling Vineyards’ winemaking facilities, while enjoying unparalleled views on the South View Terrace.

*WALK-INS ARE WELCOME*

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.

Tickets for kids age 3-20 are $15 and currently need to be purchased at the lower wine shop when you check in.

The aerial tram ride may be closed for safety reasons in the event of dangerous winds, storms, or temperatures over 100 degrees. If this occurs, we will transport guests via our private luxury shuttle and provide a modified tour and tasting.

Notable Features

  • Architectural Appeal
  • Art on Display
  • Corporate Events
  • Food Service
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
Experiences

  • Food & Wine
  • General Tasting
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Special Tasting
  • Tour and Tasting
Varietals Offered

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Petite Sirah
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Noir
  • Riesling
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Shiraz
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy Parents
Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Carla S. Member Since 4/17/2019My BFF
Silver Experience on 4/17/19 12:00 PM

Beautiful and lovely. Everyone is friendly and knows all about the area and the wines.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Patricia S. Member Since 4/15/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 4/17/19 1:00 PM

The view is awesome. Wine hosts know little about your wines. I felt like they were bus boys not wine hosts. First stop was lame. He knew little about the wine and was not very welcoming. You could do better

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Maria W. Member Since 3/29/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 4/06/19 2:00 PM

We had an absolute lovely time visiting Sterling vineyards. We had a large group of 10 girls and from the gondola ride up to vienyard to the whole tour and tasting was so much fun and enjoyable. Great, friendly staff. And everone in the group agreed this was one of the most favorite visited!! I would highly recommend it !!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Colleen F. Member Since 3/23/2019My Frenemy
Signature Winery Tour on 3/30/19 12:30 PM

It was just ok. After being in Napa for a week I prefer the smaller more personal winery.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Troy A. Member Since 7/29/2014My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 4/13/19 3:00 PM

Gondola ride and view was fantastic. The wait to get my reservation was long due to the line also being used to buy wine. Self guided tour was ok. Go for the view and go early to avoid the crowds.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Albert M. Member Since 2/10/2019My Parents
Silver Experience on 4/13/19 11:00 AM

Nice service, but too touristy and not private enough

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Gaylord G. Member Since 4/12/2019My Frenemy
Silver Experience on 4/13/19 4:00 PM

Beautiful place. Sterling level tasting essentially ruined by absolutely constant barrage from employees hard selling the wine club.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 3/5
Greg B. Member Since 3/20/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 4/13/19 3:00 PM

Had a great time with our visit to Sterling. The servers were pleasant and the wine was very good.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
David G. Member Since 4/10/2019Evil Stepmother
Signature Winery Tour on 4/12/19 4:00 PM

Very corporate feeling property & operation. Staff provided ZERO information/detail about the wine, simply poured pre-measured amounts in your "souvenir" wine glass and awkwardly watched as you tried to choke down their "select" wines before the next tour group descended on your group like a herd of cattle. Nice view, but completely forgettable wine and

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 2/5
Linda M. Member Since 1/17/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 4/09/19 11:30 AM

Beautiful from start to finish and the wine is delightful- your staff is outstanding and the wines are noteworthy.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Arpana K. Member Since 3/9/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 4/07/19 10:00 AM

Had a very nice time with a progressive wine tasting experience on a self guided tour through the winery with wine tastings and videos at every turn. The tour concluded on a rooftop terrace with a gorgeous hilltop view of the valley. Friendly hosts and decent wines.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Jocelyn H. Member Since 6/9/2017My BFF
Platinum Experience on 4/06/19 1:00 PM

Incredible experience from start to finish. Warm greeting when we arrived and the tram ride was spectacular. Enjoyed the Signature self guided tour where the team was engaging and knowledgeable, wines delicious and property gorgeous. We then enjoyed the premium Platinum wine and food pairng. The chef is incredible and the Platinum wines even more so ... we left with 2 cases and lasting memories.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kevin D. Member Since 12/29/2018My Boss
Platinum Experience on 4/07/19 12:00 PM

Platinum experience is an amazing way to get a taste of Sterling. Was here in April and Dec. Different menus which was great. Love the kids backpack too!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jamie G. Member Since 4/5/2019My Parents
Signature Winery Tour on 4/06/19 2:30 PM

I reserved a tour online but after I confirmed it, I realized it was the wrong date. So I cancelled. I called to follow up and schedule the right date. I left two messages. Nobody called back. They told us we could bring the stroller for our infant but in actuality they had to get out a wheelchair tram and we're pissed. They treated us poorly and eye rolled, sighed.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 3/5
Nicole A. Member Since 4/3/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 4/06/19 4:00 PM

Second time visiting. Came to celebrate my engagement. The staff is amazing and so friendly and accommodating. The tastings are great but the tour was very blah. Maybe more pictures with Information of the property on the walls as you walk from tasting to tasting would be nice. More food options once at the top would be perfect as well.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Tamara S. Member Since 10/24/2016My BFF
Winery Tour on 4/05/19 2:00 PM

It began with a very friendly young lady who verified our reservation, then on to one of the air tram guides who graciously took several photos for us. The self-guided tour was great. Informative & interesting. Everyone we happen upon was personable & friendly. The grounds are beautiful, great photo ops. Thx for the complimentary wine glass. And yes, the wine is delicious as well.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lisa R. Member Since 2/20/2019My Parents
Winery Tour on 4/05/19 10:00 AM

great view. loved the gondola ride

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Jessica W. Member Since 3/28/2019My Frenemy
Signature Winery Tour on 4/02/19 2:30 PM

In my opinion, this experience was very overrated. The trolley up the mountain was great, and the views were beautiful, but beyond that, there was nothing appealing about this vinyard, especially compared to others we visited. The wine tastings were done at stations as you walked through on your own. This left no time to sit and enjoy the wine or learn about what you were drinking.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 3/5
Marybeth M. Member Since 3/29/2019Evil Stepmother
Signature Winery Tour on 3/31/19 3:30 PM

Seriously disappointed that the Tram was not working. The tram ride to see the Valley was one of the main reasons for selecting Sterling Winery to visit. Why they had "maintenance" scheduled for a Sunday was beyond me. We drove past Monday morning and saw the tram working.....

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 3/5
Eko T. Member Since 3/31/2019My BFF
Reserve Tasting Experience on 3/31/19 1:00 PM

This was my first visit to a winery. We did the Reserve tasting and thoroughly enjoyed the cheeses and wines. Our primary reason for picking this vineyard however was to ride the aerial tram. We booked at 9:00 am the day of our visit for 1:00 pm the same day, through their website. When we arrived, we found out the tram was not in service since the day before. We were very disappointed about that.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Anthony P. Member Since 3/30/2019My Ex
Signature Winery Tour on 3/30/19 3:30 PM

Chose this winery specifically for the aerial tram, drove hours to get there, waited in line for 35 minutes, then the tram stopped working and we had to take a shuttle up. Completely disappointing.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 1/5
Kellin w. Member Since 3/20/2019Evil Stepmother
Signature Winery Tour on 3/29/19 3:00 PM

The self guided tour did not provide any information regarding the wines.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 2/5
Jae K. Member Since 3/26/2019Evil Stepmother
Signature Winery Tour on 3/31/19 4:00 PM

I felt that my family was ripped off because I was looking to take the gondola and it was not working so we took a shuttle. The kids got a less than $4 goody bag and even though we paid $20 for each child. We recd a $10 discount towards wine purchase. The wine we bought 2014 Cabernet even with the discount is less expensive at any retailer We spent over $260 in hour and half and feel money not

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Beth D. Member Since 5/28/2016My Ex
Signature Winery Tour on 3/31/19 3:30 PM

How disappointing to arrive and find the gondola ride down on March 31. I am glad they put safety first, but we were charged the full price of the visit without getting the full experience. Let's be honest, the gondola ride is more than half of the appeal that makes Sterling stand out from other wineries. We had out of town visitors and were quite disappointed.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 3/5
Rheanna C. Member Since 3/30/2019Evil Stepmother
Signature Winery Tour on 3/31/19 2:30 PM

It was OK. Disappointed the tram wasn't working and the whole tasting experience was confusing. Would have been nice to have a printed guide or some direction upon arrival.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Andrew O. Member Since 3/26/2019My Frenemy
Signature Winery Tour on 3/31/19 4:00 PM

We went to this winery for the gondola ride. And it was down. We should’ve been notified before we got there via email that it was down. It went down early in the morning and our reservation was 4pm. $10 off to purchase wine is not good enough. We needed to purchase four different transactions to use the $10 voucher provided for each person. Disappointing!

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 1/5
Mahesh K. Member Since 4/19/2017My BFF
Silver Experience on 3/31/19 11:00 AM

Very Good, staff was very friendly and helpful

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
RAJYALAKSHMI K. Member Since 3/28/2019My Parents
Signature Winery Tour on 3/30/19 1:30 PM

Great experience!!! good for family with kids.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Mark M. Member Since 7/28/2018My BFF
Platinum Experience on 3/30/19 2:00 PM

The gondola ride up was fun and the views are exciting. The ambience and the food parings were great. The staff that we interacted with was knowledgeable and fun to interact with. We were not big fans of the wine. The wine didn’t meet our palate level for wine, but there are many who are there enjoying the wine. It wasn’t for us.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Kathlyn S. Member Since 3/3/2019My BFF
Platinum Experience on 3/30/19 1:00 PM

From arrival to departure, this was a 5 star experience. There were 15 of us in our group, and to a person we all had the most fabulous and fun day. The food in the platinum experience was spectacular, the wines which were paired with each course exceeded our expectations. Our hostess Lisa was fun, knowledgeable and made our visit to Sterling even more special.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jennifer W. Member Since 3/7/2019My BFF
The Sparkling Experience on 3/29/19 10:00 AM

Wonderful experience from start to finish. Kenny G was knowledgeable and fun. We had a lovely bubbly experience!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sylvester O. Member Since 7/20/2018My BFF
Platinum Experience on 3/29/19 11:00 AM

Fantastic

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Garrett H. Member Since 10/5/2018My Boss
Silver Experience on 3/24/19 3:00 PM

Staff was on point as usual. Consistently the best place in the valley.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Garrett H. Member Since 10/5/2018My Boss
Silver Experience on 3/24/19 12:00 PM

More than we could have expected. Who knew that the wines are even better than the view. Thank you for the great experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Peter C. Member Since 3/23/2019My BFF
Silver Experience on 3/29/19 11:00 AM

This was a wonderful experience. Everyone was fantastic only to be complimented by the great wine and hospitality.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Diana S. Member Since 3/15/2019Evil Stepmother
Platinum Experience on 3/28/19 2:00 PM

The experience was amazing. Our host was very knowledgeable and the food was amazing. Highly recommend the Platinum experience. Food is on point.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Katherine M. Member Since 7/11/2017My Frenemy
Signature Winery Tour on 3/24/19 3:30 PM

Large winery, non-personalized experience, but good view and aerial tram ride. I would go to a smaller winery if you want to try good wines for purchase, with friendly people pouring.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 3/5
Lynn L. Member Since 3/26/2019Evil Stepmother
Signature Winery Tour on 3/26/19 11:30 AM

We went on a rainy day when the tram was not in use for safety reasons. The staff was friendly but not very knowledgeable. The emphasis was on becoming members for wine purchases. Overall it was quite disappointing.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 1/5
Heather O. Member Since 3/12/2019My Frenemy
Winery Tour on 3/23/19 4:30 PM

I had made an appointment for 4:30 on Saturday. We we're traveling up from the airport in San Fran and had hit a little bit of traffic which made us maybe 5 mins late. The two girls working the check in window we're very nice, but the gentleman up front at the gate and the ones letting us onto tram we're visibly annoyed that we we're there...almost like an inconvenience to them.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Heather E. Member Since 3/13/2019My BFF
Winery Tour on 3/23/19 2:00 PM

Wonderful wine at a beautiful vineyard.

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

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