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Chateau Montelena

1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515
707 942 5105
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Ranked #12 of 59 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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chicago
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

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
97 helpful votes 97 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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Lake Forest, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The history of this winery is what brought us here. We'd seen the movie "Bottle Shock" and were interested to see where California wines first made an impact on the market. The winery is GORGEOUS! The servers were patient and kind and loved to explain the history. We fell in love with the place and have since been back two... More

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ChMontelena, Owner at Chateau Montelena, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us and joining the Montelena Family - we look forward to your visit this month, cheers! More

Gilbert, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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81 reviews 81 reviews
18 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 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
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11 helpful votes 11 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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226 reviews 226 reviews
65 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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172 reviews 172 reviews
98 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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