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Charbay Distillery & Winery

Address: 4001 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
Phone Number: 707-963-9327
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Ranked #46 of 87 Activities in St. Helena
Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Owner description: CHARBAY exists to create the most unique wines, spirits, and derivative products known to man. To...
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Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: CHARBAY exists to create the most unique wines, spirits, and derivative products known to man. To make them, we will go to the ends of the earth to source the fruits, roots, and exotic botanicals that provide the flavors that become CHARBAY. Visits to the "Still on the Hill" are available Daily, 10am - 4pm. Appointment encouraged, Tasting fee - $20 per person, visits are approximately an hour in length. You’ll taste our current releases of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, our new Ready-to-Shake Cocktail Collection, Dessert Wine and Ports made with our own barrel-aged brandies. We’ll discuss* and answer any questions you’d like about Vodka, Whiskey, Tequila, Liqueurs & Rum. We are open 7 days a week, 10-4. Appointment suggested. *Unfortunately CA law prohibits tasting our range of distilled spirits.

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English first
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310 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Pro tip - when a winery says "by appointment only" that also includes calling them up on your mobile while outside their door, it's a standard Napa thing to do. A rustic winery and distillery, this is a family winery at its best. I loved the old stills they had laying around you can admire. Great wines and spirits. Plus... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Wow, this winery/distillery was a gem! I wasn't sure what to expect but it was great. They had the most amazing Port and I don't even like Ports! LOL We had a tasting and it was just the two of us with the employee. We learned a lot about the difference between making wine and liquor. A very interesting experience!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

First class experience with the most experienced vintners and distillers in California. The staff is thoughtful and will to answer every question. Great line of wines and spirits.

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Houston, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Stopped in here randomly on the way down from Schweiger. We were greeted by their celebrity dogs at the car. We were welcomed with a small cup of split pea stew. The absolute must try/buy is the green tea aperitif. A glass of it with a splash of sparkling lemonade is perhaps the most refreshing alcoholic beverage we have ever... More 

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San Jose, CA
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9 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Like several other reviewers, we wanted something different from the other wineries, so we decided to give Charbay a try. You have to make an appointment, but they were very flexible and accomodating. When we arrived, we were greeted by John, who was very friendly and helpful. The first order of business was to take our photo next to the... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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559 reviews 559 reviews
99 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

WOW, what a nice place to stop in. Yes you need an appt, but it's not that hard to get one. John helped us out for our visit. He was nice and very informative. He let us try all of there wines. They also sell spirits but no can try. I ended up buying a full case of this and... More 

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Austin, Texas, United States
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

My friend and I recently visited Charbay and had an incredible time. We were running a little bit late and John was gracious and told us just ot take our time and arrive safely. Once we arrived to Charbay among the winding hills we were in for a wonderful surprise. John greeted us by name and this small winery/distillery is... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

I love Charbay. Ypu get to it by driving through miles of unspoiled old pine forest until you can see through the trees and realize you're really pretty high up a mountain. There perched on the top is a real California gem. There is wine, very good wine. But there is so much more. Charbay also specializes in a huge... More 

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San Jose, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

The distillery process is so interesting, we enjoyed trying something different on our wine tasting weekend. Because of state laws we were not able to taste the vodka but I will look for it in the city, they gave us some good cocktail recipes to try. We were able to taste the port & the green tea aperitif, we enjoyed... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

After visiting the larger vineyards and bigger businesses's, Charbay Winery and Distillery was such a refreshing delight. My husband and I arrived at the Winery 30 minutes before closing and we were not sure if we were too late for a tasting. However, we pulled up to the gate and rang the bell. They were more then happy to accomodate... More 

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