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Sterling Vineyards

1111 Dunaweal Lane between Highway 29 and Silverado Trail, Calistoga, CA
707 942 3344
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Ranked #14 of 60 Activities in Calistoga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wineries, Trams, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Wine tasting, Group tours/day tour
Traveler Description:  Don’t miss a visit to the Sterling Vineyards while visiting the quaint and laid-back town of Calistoga.  The main attraction here is the... more »
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Don't get me wrong, the property is beautiful and I'm glad I went. The gondola ride to the top is unique and the winery itself is a landmark. My problem is that the tour is self-guided and features videos at each stop. Someone will pour you a glass of mediocre wine every now and then, while video recordings explain the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Self guided tour after the gondola ride. Kinda nice at the end of the day when you have had enough wine. Decent wine, nothing outstanding in my book.

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New Jersey
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91 reviews 91 reviews
32 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Went with my wife and cousin, none of us are serious tasters,but we do enjoy visiting various wineries. We took the premium tour which was a little pricey, but it's a vacation.The tram ride up the hill is really cool, the staff friendly, and the grounds are just beautiful. We also enjoyed sampling a wide variety of wines.Go for a... More

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N. Barrington, IL
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I had not been a big fan of Sterling but heard so many great things about the scenery and experience, we decided to stop by. Glad we did. Absolutely fantastic views and, a huge plus, we really enjoyed the wines. Multiple stops for wine, all the servers were friendly. Strongly recommend the reserve tasting, just a few dollars more, and... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Really worth the visit. Very good self guided tour at your own pace. Wine was enjoyable, especially on hot day. Views were phenomenal. Get there when they open and enjoy their small restaurant after the tour for light lunch/ cheese plate with your final tasting; choose the Silver Experience.

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Napa Valley, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I cannot say enough about this lovely vineyard. The Napa Valley tourist office recommended this the first time I visited and I must say it is a top pick. First off, take your significant other as it is quite romantic and you will certainly enjoy the tram up and the views as you sip away at the tasty wines. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This place is so beautiful. The view is amazing. You get to see the valley down below and other Vineyards close buy. It is a little further away but it's well worth the trip. The regular wine tasting fee is 29.99 but with an additional 10, you'll get the regular wine plus another tasting. The regular tasting is very cool.... More

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Seattle
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590 reviews 590 reviews
194 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Yes, you ride a gondola from the base parking lot up to the winery, cool! Service to pick up my tickets at the gondola window was super slow. Once at the top you can self-tour the winery. Then you have a seated wine tasting. A great experience with good wines. Fun!

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Espoo, Finland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you're going to visit only one winery in Napa, this ought to be a pretty safe bet. It all starts with the aerial tram which is nice. The walking tour is informative, but not too long and there are tasting stations along the way to keep you going. The views are what really sets this apart from most or... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Went with my wife and toddler. We wanted to visit a winery without boring our kid to death so we chose sterling vineyard for the tram ride. The basic package includes the tram ride, a self guided tour at the top, a souvenir wineglass and four tastings of wine. We found the winery itself (designed in the style of a... More

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