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Chateau Montelena

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Address: 1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515
Phone Number: 707 942 5105
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Wine tasting
Description: This old winery has a castle-like main building.

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Worthwhile to have a private tasting experience

We had reservations for a private tasting and had a wonderful experience. Keeping the group small allowed for pleasant conversation and a more organized tasting. Our server... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Kalamazoo Michigan
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We had reservations for a private tasting and had a wonderful experience. Keeping the group small allowed for pleasant conversation and a more organized tasting. Our server educated us and took the time to compare vintage years of the same wine. The grounds are beautiful and history of the U.S. vs. France kept us all intrigued. We ended purchasing the... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We belong to the CellarMaster circle and they truly laid out the red carpet. We were able to book a gazebo for our lunch picnic and all we had to do was bring food and purchase a bottle - silverware, glasses, et call taken care of. We even got a reserved and personalized parking spot. Their wines speak for themselves... More 

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ChMontelena, DTC Sales Associate at Chateau Montelena, responded to this review

Hello Izzy D, Thank you for such kind words. It was so much fun hosting you in the Cellarmaster Tasting! We are glad to hear that your picnic underneath the Jade Lake pavilion was enjoyable. It is certainly a nice way for our members to relax and spend the day. Please visit us again soon. We’ll be sure to get... More 

Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This venue is absolutely gorgeous! It is one of the oldest wineries in the Valley and it shattered the French in 1976 by winning the French wine tasting contest with its Chardonnay.The contest was repeated 30 years later in Paris and Chateau Montelena won again! Stags Leap won the Reds. Watch the movie Bottle Shock. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable... More 

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ChMontelena, DTC Sales Associate at Chateau Montelena, responded to this review

Hello Laura E, We are happy to hear that your recent trip to Chateau Montelena was so lovely. Montelena truly is blessed with beauty as it is surrounded by trees and home to a variety of wildlife. We would love to see you again and perhaps host you in a Beyond Paris and Hollywood Tasting. This tasting highlights the facts... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I have been waiting a very long time to come to Chateau Montelena, without them, the US might not have such a strong wine industry. I love the story of the Judgement of Paris in 1976 and learning about wine, so this was a place I was extremely excited to go to. Upon arrival, the chateau is even more beautiful... More 

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ChMontelena, DTC Sales Associate at Chateau Montelena, responded to this review

Hello Stephanie S, We are glad you were finally able to check Chateau Montelena off your bucket list! We are also excited to welcome you to the Montelena family. We know you will enjoy the Estate Cabernet Futures. While you’re waiting for your first shipment, remember you can purchase our Current Release wines with your special member pricing online. You... More 

USA
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The grounds are breathtaking (they are asian inspired which was so unexpected). The castle was also so pretty and the employees friendly and helpful. If you loved the movie, you should definitely stop here.

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ChMontelena, DTC Sales Associate at Chateau Montelena, responded to this review

Hello j9999, Thank you for enjoying your visit with us at Chateau Montelena. We do have a unique setting that can be attributed to the families who have owned this property since 1882. Jade Lake was actually created by the Wing-Franks who hailed from China and used the Chateau as their retirement house for 10 years. The lake is so... More 

New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Chateau Montelena is known for their award wining chardonnay, and I agree, it's spectacular. We joined their wines club just for access to this wine. Once a member, you get other benefits like the ability to hold a picnic on their grounds. The tasting room is a bit small and can get crowded, but the services is good and they... More 

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ChMontelena, DTC Sales Associate at Chateau Montelena, responded to this review

Hello GuavaMike, Thank you for visiting Chateau Montelena and joining the Montelena family. We are glad you had a great time with us and enjoyed the wines so much! We know you can’t wait until you receive the first shipment from our club. Until then, feel free to go online or call us and see what wines you can purchase... More 

Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Went here for a private reserve tasting and tour with my fiance, and it was probably the best winery experience we had in California. We had the tour and tasting to ourselves. Our 'host' was great, and taught us a ton about wine and the Chateau's wine process. Tasted some incredible reserve wines (with a few extra thrown in), and... More 

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ChMontelena, DTC Sales Associate at Chateau Montelena, responded to this review

Hello StiltsRU, Thank you for visiting Chateau Montelena and for the wonderful review. It isn’t often that you have an entire tasting and tour to yourself, but what fun that must have been! We are glad to hear your visit was both entertaining and educational. We hope you will be able to visit again soon, perhaps for a Sensory Tasting... More 

Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The tour of Montelena is worth every penny and some excellent wines. The setting and building is also worth the trip and will live long in the memory

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ChMontelena, DTC Sales Associate at Chateau Montelena, responded to this review

Hello Andy H, Thank you for making the trip out to Chateau Montelena. We are glad you enjoyed your experience here and hope that we can host you for another wonderful experience in the near future. We would love to help you make new memories that will last a lifetime. Until, please continue to enjoy the wines! Yours in Fine... More 

Kailua, Hawaii
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This was our first stop on the second day we were there. We did not make reservations for this tasting but were very happy with the service. After visiting Domaine Carneros I had anticipated this to be hectic and busy, given the history behind this winery. But, we were surprised because it wasn't busy and we were helped right away.... More 

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ChMontelena, DTC Sales Associate at Chateau Montelena, responded to this review

Hello Danielle M, Thank you for visiting Chateau Montelena! We are always grateful to hear that our guests have enjoyed their visit with us. Indeed, we are proud to be represented by our tasting room associates who knowledgeably describe our history and wines with a smile on their faces. The next time you visit Montelena we would love to host... More 

Janesville, California
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51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A must-see on a trip to Napa Valley, the Chateau Montelena is a treat for the senses and an unusual history lesson of the settling of the Valley. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the authentic Chateau is as "European" as it can be--plus the dreamlike Jade Lake and its enchanting islands, footbridges and wildlife, harking to a... More 

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ChMontelena, DTC Sales Associate at Chateau Montelena, responded to this review

Hello TomGauthier, Thank you for your support and beautiful review. We are glad to know you enjoyed our history and setting as well as the wines. We certainly are lucky to have such a diverse history and jump at the chance to share that with interested visitors. We would love to see you again and set up a reservation for... More 

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