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Chateau Montelena

1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515
707 942 5105
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Ranked #12 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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Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
63 helpful votes 63 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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Mobile
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The grounds were beautiful, the Chateau impressive, and the wines excellent. Avoid the Estate wines unless your ready to pay the price! You will be compelled since they are worth every penny!

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Happy Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Of course, see A Good Year, Sideways, and Bottle Shock to understand more about wines and the people it brings together. We were treated to a 70's vintage Chateau Montelena by friends, then drank in the passion for wine from the cinema portrayals of Bottle Shock. So stop at the week end buzz tours and elbow in for all the... More

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San Jose CA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

About 15 years ago I had been to Opus One winery in Napa for a wine tasting, which is now about $250.00 a bottle. Their red wine was the best I had ever had. Chateau Montelena had a similar tasting Cabernet Sauvignon to Opus One. It was their $50 bottle. The $150 bottle estate wine I didn't like as much.... More

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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142 reviews 142 reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

If you saw the movie Bottle Shock, you must check out Chateau Montelena. It was a beautiful estate with a stunning stone mansion along the hillside overlooking Chinese gardens and a lake. We all very much enjoyed our visit at Chateau Montelena. It was one of my favorite stops while in Napa. All of the wines we tasted were delicious... More

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