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Chateau Montelena

1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515
707 942 5105
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Ranked #11 of 60 activities in Calistoga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wineries
Activities: Wine tasting
Description: This old winery has a castle-like main building.
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cali
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37 reviews 37 reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We we're here this weekend and the hype from bottle shock put this place on the map. There are many better wines in the valley, property Is beautiful wine is not so much.

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I expected it to be more touristry with big buses.. something out of the end of the movie Sideways. I was surprised with the experience. The man who was pouring was knowledgeable and interesting. It wasn't stuck up and all about the "Paris Tasting" and I would highly recommend it. I'm not a big chardonnay fan which they are known... More

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The most beautiful winery in my opinion. The main house is actually a chateau, with a grand tasting room that offered the best service from the friendliest guy ever. We did two tastings and ended up buying a few bottles of cabernet sauvignon, even though Chateau Montelena is most famous for produce the wine that beat out the French wines... More

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Fresno, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I'm slightly miffed. Not a bad word to say about the food although i felt that some of it may have been slightly overcooked, not a problem though, I'm not a critic. I do however feel the staff need to be taught a measure of discretion. I shan't completely repeat what i heard but i will say I heard one... More

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ChMontelena, Public Relations Manager at Chateau Montelena, responded to this review

Dear Aaron, We are so sorry to hear you had such a negative experience, however, we are a little confused by your review as we don't serve food at our winery - perhaps you were at a restaurant by a similar name? We take customer service very seriously and would greatly appreciate it if you would contact our Hospitality Manager,... More

Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We're big fans of the Zinfandel Chateau Montelena produces, sadly this year there was a limited production and they were limiting people to 2 bottles per person. This winery has a lot of history behind them, multiple owners who have left their mark, a castle like building and beautiful lake on the property. Definitely a must if you are in... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A lovely building with much background of who has owned it, including the history of the movie "Bottle Shock". Taken out to the vineyards on a golf cart for an up close look at the vineyard and grounds, which was a very personal touch. Great wines.

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Pueblo West, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Chateau Montelena should not be missed. The building and grounds are beautiful and unique. The young man who helped us with tasting was very nice and knowledgeable. The wine, especially the reserve cab was very good.

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Sammamish, Washington, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have loved their wines for years and always wanted to visit. We tasted several wines and walked all over the beautiful grounds. We bought several bottles and souvenirs. It was awesome.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

If you want to know what good chardonnay is supposed to taste like, visit Chateau Montelena where their wines are closer to what you would find at a vineyard in France. You can smell and taste the delightful perfume of the chardonnay grape (instead of only being able to smell and taste the vanilla/toast you get from many US chardonnays,... More

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San Francisco, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Lucky us, our friend is a wine club member at Chateau Montelena. So you might not be able to completely duplicate our day - but boy it was perfection! We started off with a very complete tasting (they were pouring us the good stuff). Then we moved onto the bocce court (complimentary reserved for members), and enjoyed several games of... More

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