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Chateau Montelena

1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515
707 942 5105
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Ranked #14 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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Gilbert, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We stopped here as a group for a wine tasting. The location is very beautiful and we were even able to see them processing grapes to be crushed. Plenty of picture opportunities!! The wine tasting was nice and the wines better than most. However, much of the talk was around the movie that was filmed based on the award one... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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77 reviews 77 reviews
17 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

For wine lovers, this is the "mothership" of wineries. This is at the top of Calistoga, and a long drive from Napa. We have been to between 50 and 80 wineries in the last few years. This place is beautiful and you feel the history just walking through the doors. Tastings are pricey at $25 pp. but the wine is... More

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Pierrefonds quebec
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

If you want experience Quality, Montelena is the place. 1st let's clear something out, the movie bottle Shock was not filmed at Montelena (Only the view of the Chateau). The real location is Kunde estate in Sonoma and Buena Vista winery. Still when i saw the place i had a kick. I tasted their Chardonnay in the past also their... More

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Rio de Janeiro
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

...far too commercial....the purpose of the staff is to make you become a member due a massive insistance on it! They are missing the great opportunity to teach you more about wine and share experiences with you...!!! dont you even dare to mention other wine experiences you had, you might feel yourself as if you were doing something bad! The... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We arrived at 11am and the tasting room was packed! Suggest everyone to go as early as possible. Tasting costs 25usd/pax and you get to try 5 different wines. I like their signature Chardonnay the most. Overall, the wine is pricey but it definitely tastes different from a run of the mill wine! Service was prompt and polite. We were... More

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New York City, New York
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210 reviews 210 reviews
62 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Chateau Montelena is a beautiful setting with gorgeous grounds, but very far up from Napa town itself, so depending on where you are coming from it may not be worth the drive. While the grounds are gorgeous I found the tasting room itself a little dark and dingy - maybe because it was summer and a beautiful day outside, so... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I love the Vine Covered Chateau with all the Shade Trees Providing Relief from the Heat of Summer. Jade Lake is a Wonderful Sight with the Swans Wadding through the water and the Picnic Area is Cool too. Bring a Blanket and a Picnic Basket Full of Food-Drink and Enjoy Lunch in the Shade. The Wines are Amazing too. The... More

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Oroville, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

When coming to Napa Valley from the north you can pop down over Mt. St. Helena and there you are in a what seems to be a little bit of France! The Chateau is beautiful and wine high end but it is the staff in tasting room that can take you somewhere wonderful. If you decide to join the wine... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The best part of this winery was the beautiful grounds. There is a super cute picnic area. If you want one of the benches you have to make a reservation, but we just threw down a blanket and picnicked in the grass. The wine tasting experience was just okay. I think the wines were slightly over priced, as none of... More

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Carol Stream, Illinois
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Chateau Montelena helped launch the California wine industry as portrayed in the movie Bottle Shock. But do you want to know how much was embellished from the true story? Then we highly recommend you sign up for the Beyond Paris and Hollywood Tour. Very interesting when you hear it from the real characters, Bo Barrett and George Tabor via video.... More

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