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Chateau Montelena

Address: 1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515
Phone Number: 707 942 5105
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Ranked #14 of 60 Activities in Calistoga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Activities: Wine tasting
Owner description: This old winery has a castle-like main building.
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Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Activities: Wine tasting
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: This old winery has a castle-like main building.

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Moscow, Russia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We did like the place and the experience (ended up buying several bottles of 2009 Petite Sirah and enjoying them thoroughly). Tasting menu consisted of 2 whites and 3 reds. Do not expect a big walk - just a stroll around the lake. Turns out they allow to reserve spaces for picnics which shortens the stroll even more. The good... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The winery that put California wines on the map. Their wines were spectacular. A must visit winery for history and superb wines.

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Illinois
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70 reviews 70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The wines are OK, so many great ones out there. Yet this is the shrine of wineries in Napa/Sonoma. They put California wines on the map during the great Tasting of Paris in 1976. The movie Bottleshock loosely portrays the events and highlights Chateau Montelena. Beautiful spot and we had a great private wine tasting for 8. Very nice staff,... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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84 reviews 84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Having seen the movie, I knew if I could only pick a few wineries in Napa Valley, this had to be one. I got there first thing, and started tasting at 10. The grounds are beautiful, and the Chateau classy. I loved the history and the staff was so friendly and knowledgable. Not pretentious whatsoever, I very much enjoyed my... More 

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7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

great atmosphere, great story, and good wines. The grounds and house are terrific. Good wine variety without trying to be all things to all people. Very polite and knowledgable staff. A must see on you wine stops through the valley.

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We were greeted by the friendly and courteous staff. They showed us around the historic and beautiful grounds, which were interesting to wander through. The wine tasting was at market price but featured some library releases as a nice bonus and the wine was high quality.

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Shreveport, LA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
28 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

What a beautiful winery. The grounds were nice, and the building spectacular. The wines we tasted were very nice. We were in a group of 24 folks and had a special tasting and lunch. I would recommend special events here.

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Vermont
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

My sister and I arrived early in the day with no appointment to be greeted by the staff of Chateau Montelena. We were welcomed at the door with smiles, and all of the employee's in the tasting room were friendly and personable. This was the first vineyard of our 4 day stay in the region, and will be one of... More 

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chicago
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Ok I will first say, I did see the Movie "Bottle Shock" and that was my reason for going. However, once I got there it was gorgeous. Its about a hr away from Napa but its worth the ride. We tried the Chardonnay and it was delish. We visited nine wineries in Napa Valley and Sonoma County and this was... More 

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ChMontelena, Manager at Chateau Montelena, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and welcome to the Montelena Family! More 

San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
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149 reviews 149 reviews
52 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We just visited this beutiful vineyard and took the tour in the golf car. The property is beutiful with stunning views, great history but the wine is just that.... history. We tasted their premium wines including their famous Chardonay, nothing special really. The wines are over priced and you can taste much better reds and whites for alnost half the... More 

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