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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:

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

Please note, 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.

features Notable Features
  • Architectural Appeal
  • Art on Display
  • Corporate Events
  • Food Service
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • Large Groups (6-12)
  • Large Groups (12-20)
  • Patio Tasting
  • Public Tasting Room
  • Wine Club
  • Wine Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Petite Sirah
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Noir
  • Riesling
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Shiraz
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors5 Star Average Rating
Overall Score 4 Star Overall Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star First Impression Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Hospitality Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Ambiance Rating 4/5
Scarlet E. Member Since 7/28/2017
General Admission 21 + on 9/02/17 11:00 AM

Wonderful!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Alina J. Member Since 9/10/2017
Platinum Experience on 9/16/17 11:00 AM

Wonderful staff. Friendly. Plan to come back and bring my family and friends.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Craig E. Member Since 8/10/2017
General Admission 21 + on 9/06/17 10:30 AM

Thought the gondola ride and views were amazing. The wine tasting was somewhat impersonal and not quite as educational since you were shuffled from station to station on the self guided tour.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
mary g. Member Since 9/13/2017
Platinum Experience on 9/16/17 3:00 PM

I thought that while beautiful, it was very commercial. The self guided tour was disappointing; the wine served at every step of the way was mixed whites and reds, no water available; the platinum wine experience was anything but...our host was cheerful, but not very talkative, the food was prepared well in advance, and we got little education during the experience. Sorry - it didn't compare

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
Michael C. Member Since 8/30/2017
Platinum Experience on 9/14/17 2:00 PM

We loved the self tour of the winery the tour is easy to follow and the video and signs provide great information. We did the Platinum experience and its is not worth the price. I would opt for the silver if had to do over. The food was great but the Hostess just killed to whole atmosphere of the experience. Not very friendly, did not explain anything and never acknowledge us when we left.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Kimberly Z. Member Since 6/13/2017
Platinum Experience on 9/14/17 11:00 AM

Check in with the cashier at 10:30 am, the young lady was rude. Gondola employees were friendly and smiled. Tour was rushed, employees pouring wine recited the same speech to each group. Very impersonal, hurry on to the next tasting station. 5 small groups in Platinum tasting. It took 40 minutes to receive our food pairing. Wines are so-so. At Sterling, you are just a number.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Laura B. Member Since 9/8/2017
Silver Experience on 9/08/17 2:00 PM

Friendly and knowledgeable staff, lovely views from the terrace, great wines and tasting experience. Although we enjoyed the self-guided tour, I had visited 12-13 years ago and had a guided tour which provided much more information on Sterling's wines.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ken T. Member Since 9/20/2014
Silver Experience on 9/13/17 11:00 AM

Very clean. Stately. Well kept. All staff cordial, helpful, considerate, polite & friendly. Directional signage VERY helpful & properly placed. Wine for every price point & palate. Hostess in Tasting was a gem & we def recommend upgrading to charcuterie plate to enhance the tasting. Cheers!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Marci B. Member Since 7/13/2017
General Admission 21 + on 9/08/17 11:30 AM

Other than the view and the white wines I tasted, there was nothing special about this place. It looked a little run-down and they had absolutely nothing non-alcoholic to drink except tap water out of a water fountain for my non-drinking husband. Come on! Every other winery we went to had bottled water, sparkling water, soda, etc.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Denise P. Member Since 6/30/2017
General Admission 21 + on 9/09/17 12:00 PM

OMG this was the best. We did the General Admission and it was nice; however next time I visit I would do the Silver Experience so that we'd get a little more information about the wines and winery. The ride in the gondola and views were incredible. We enjoyed a glass of wine and Combination Plate once we got to top. It was fabulous. I've been talking about this experience since we left.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Michelle J. Member Since 7/26/2017
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 9/10/17 10:45 AM

Very enjoyable day. All staff were terrific and friendly. We joined the Cellar Club so plan to go back with friends. Of course, the wine was great.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Quaid C. Member Since 9/7/2017
Silver Experience on 9/09/17 2:30 PM

It was nice views, but not a great time. VERY impersonal and corporate. Unlike other vineyards and tastings we went to on our trip, we did not feel catered, helped, or cared for. It was very slow service, very small pours, and limited information. I was very very unimpressed and was a waste of money.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Nicholas S. Member Since 9/2/2017
Silver Experience on 9/03/17 11:00 AM

It was cool taking the lift up to the winery. The wine and the tasting experience was very good. We ordered some wine to be shipped back home. The tour was disappointing. You basically go to various stations to taste the different wines (based on what you paid for). It is very impersonal. No tour guide. Not easy to find your way around.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Christa J. Member Since 7/20/2017
General Admission 21 + on 9/08/17 11:00 AM

Sterling is a beautiful vineyard and the gondola ride adds to the overall experience. What a great idea! This is a great winery to make your first stop. The total tour time should only take an hour. With Sterling being a new winery there isn't much history... instead grab some wine and charcuterie on the patio and enjoy the views.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Jessica T. Member Since 8/27/2017
General Admission 21 + on 9/07/17 10:30 AM

Great views and wine. Standard package was a good deal.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Aiyana G. Member Since 8/13/2017
General Admission 21 + on 9/07/17 11:30 AM

Incredible views. Great tour - we really enjoyed our experience!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Lynda J. Member Since 9/7/2017
Platinum Experience on 9/07/17 3:30 PM

Nice

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Stephanie S. Member Since 8/29/2017
General Admission 21 + on 9/07/17 10:30 AM

We enjoyed the tram but felt overall this vineyard was too corporate. We would not visit a second time.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Rebecca C. Member Since 7/5/2017
Platinum Experience on 9/03/17 4:00 PM

This location is stunning. One of the main attractions is their gondola, but we were unable to experience the attraction as it had been closed due to hot weather upon our arrival. If you pay for a tasting in advance, make sure you are seated in the correct area. The views are spectacular. It's definitely worth a visit.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Emily C. Member Since 8/23/2017
General Admission 21 + on 9/03/17 10:30 AM

Awesome

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Christine T. Member Since 7/30/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 9/04/17 11:30 AM

Was a wonderful experience & recommend to anyone visiting wine country

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Gina I. Member Since 8/24/2017
Platinum Experience on 9/02/17 12:00 PM

Grounds were beautiful, but tour felt very unorganized.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Leonard E. Member Since 9/2/2017
Silver Experience on 9/04/17 10:00 AM

Great fun.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Nadia M. Member Since 8/10/2017
Silver Experience on 9/03/17 4:00 PM

Too commercial, too many tourists. No personal attention. Felt like I was in an assembly line.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Scot W. Member Since 9/3/2017
Silver Experience on 9/03/17 12:30 PM

Tour was expensive gondola was closed because of hot weather and wine was overpriced and not that good anyway

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 1 Star Rating 1/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Komy K. Member Since 8/30/2017
Silver Experience on 9/03/17 3:00 PM

We came to visit on the hottest days this year, and when it was over 100F the gondola stopped operating. However, the shuttle was quick, and we were also compensated with the cheese platter. The tasting experience was great, especially with the detailed explanation of Charlie on the wine pairing. The highlight was tasting the Diamond Mountain Ranch Cab Sab, which we ended up taking several home.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Bettina B. Member Since 8/25/2017
General Admission 21 + on 9/02/17 4:00 PM

My best friend and I participated in the Silver Tasting experience. We loved it so much that we came back the second day of our trip to do it all again. Despite the tram being down due to the heat wave, it was overall a great experience.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Rosanne K. Member Since 8/25/2017
Silver Experience on 9/03/17 11:30 AM

Property and views are amazing. We took the tram up but due to extreme heat we were driven back by AIrConditioned bus. (Thank you!) Our server was a lovely woman named Charley, she was very informative and thorough with each pour. Overall it was a very good experience.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Erin S. Member Since 7/2/2017
General Admission 21 + on 9/02/17 10:00 AM

The location is spectacular as well as the aerial tram ride. Everyone was very nice and the wines were good. Took the self tour and were lucky enough to be there when a harvest of grapes arrived which they let us sample. It was a busy place so if you are looking for a more mainstream vibe then this winery is for you.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Florence C. Member Since 7/19/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 9/02/17 12:00 PM

We came here for a bachelorette party and overall loved our experience. The gentleman named Ryan who poured our wine was very friendly and made us feel welcomed.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hannah C. Member Since 8/22/2017
General Admission 21 + on 9/02/17 10:30 AM

I feel that you should notify people who have made reservations that the tram may not operate when it is 100 degrees or higher. It was thenportion we were looking to the most and we almost did not get to take it. So that is a disclaimer I think should be shared. Thank you!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Danielle M. Member Since 8/21/2017
Silver Experience on 8/30/17 3:30 PM

The vineyard itself was beautiful and the tram is a very unique experience. We were very unhappy with the overall experience because we felt rushed and did not feel relaxed at all during the visit. The silver experience was NOT worth the extra money for we had 2 seconds of a welcome and the pours right after one another. We did not get any sort of info or history behind the blends or wines.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Anne K. Member Since 8/6/2017
General Admission 21 + on 9/01/17 12:00 PM

Took a guest with us on this 2nd trip to Sterling Vineyards. It was 108 degrees this day, so the Gondola wasn't operating and they kept their guests inside. It was a great day despite the heat. The staff is very attentive and welcoming.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Lesleigh W. Member Since 7/22/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 9/01/17 10:30 AM

We enjoyed everything about this tasting from the minute we drove on to the grounds. Everyone was friendly and helpful, the wine and food pairing was enjoyable, and it was nice to go outside and watch from above as they were unloading grapes to start the destemming process. It is evident that they invest a lot in this facility to ensure their visitors have a memorable experience!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Elizabeth R. Member Since 8/31/2017
General Admission 21 + on 8/31/17 2:00 PM

Too expensive. Samples too small. Robotic explanations. No snacks

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
Kirstie F. Member Since 8/24/2017
Silver Experience on 8/31/17 12:30 PM

We opted for the Silver Experience seeing as Sterling was our first stop in wine country. The Silver Experience provides you with a unique opportunity to taste three exceptional reserve wines you may not taste otherwise. However the "tour" is more of a self guided walking tour which you get with the regular tasting. Overall, the venue is beautiful and the wine was good, great stop in Calistoga.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Richard W. Member Since 8/17/2017
Silver Experience on 8/30/17 1:30 PM

It was very nice

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Janice H. Member Since 8/20/2017
Platinum Experience on 8/26/17 3:30 PM

We had the platinum experience and it was wonderful. The service by team member Mary was delightful. Jan and rich harris

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Alan R. Member Since 8/8/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 8/08/17 3:30 PM

We enjoyed the tram ride, views and wine tasting on the pretty patio! We were not greeted correctly when we went in so we ended up on the wrong tasting at first- did not feel very celebrated! The afternoon was a bit hot outside no fans but scenery was awesome! Most other wineries were more personable

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Bertha M. Member Since 8/17/2017
General Admission 21 + on 8/27/17 12:30 PM

Amazing place, definitely gonna be there again .

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

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Sterling Vineyards
1111 Dunaweal Lane
Calistoga, CA 94515
Today 9/22 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday 9/23 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 9/24 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday 9/25 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday 9/26 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday 9/27 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 9/28 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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