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Chateau Montelena

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Address: 1429 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515-9726
Phone Number: 707 942 5105
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

This old winery has a castle-like main building.

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Beautiful setting and great wines

We really liked this winery. It was a beautiful setting with ponds, asian gardens, pretty architecture, interesting history, hospitable service and terrific wines. We would go... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Denver, Colorado

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We really liked this winery. It was a beautiful setting with ponds, asian gardens, pretty architecture, interesting history, hospitable service and terrific wines. We would go back! We loved their 2013 Zinfandel.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved our visit to Chateau Montelena because not only are the grounds gorgeous with a beautiful lake and swans, the wine is good and we were able to see how the grapes are sorted and get ready to be made into wine. We did not have a formal tour and yet we saw more than we did at many... More 

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Skippack, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have done many tastings through the years so we decided to spoil ourselves and enjoy some reserve tasting for our northern Napa Valley trip. Chateau Montelena themed the tasting we enjoyed as a vertical tasting. Cabernet Sauvignon, same vineyards, same oak, same everything except year and therefore weather. Had the unique experience of being here at the end of... More 

Thank PaulSmithiii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had to visit the place given credit for starting the Napa wine explosion by wining at The Judgement of Paris. Our host Kevin was incredibly knowledgeable and confirmed and corrected "facts" from the Bottle Shock movie. After the tour, we were treated to some terrific wines and much to our surprise, Chateau Montelena is more know for their reds than... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful winery with fantastic and expert staff. We had a lot of fun here, our tasting was fabulous and a few bottles were purchased to take home to Melbourne. Well worth a visit

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I tell friends and family that come for a visit that there are a handful of must-see wineries in Napa. This is certainly one of them. Is their wine for everyone? Of course not, but no winery is the IT spot for everyone. You come here for the scenery and the relevance to Napa wine history...and the wine won't disappoint.... More 

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Easton, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a fun time here and the wine was wonderful! Gorgeous scenery, as anyone who has ever watched the movie "Bottle Shock" knows. Our wine expert was Vincent and he was a hoot as well as educational.

Thank LoriRNMichigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whether you have heard of it through the Judgment of Paris, or through the movie 'Bottle Shock,' they still make great chardonnay and estate cabernet sauvignon. The founder's son, Bo Barrett (played by Chris Pine in the movie) still works in the winery and is ever-present. Tasting bar staff are extremely knowledegable. If front bar is full, they have a... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We pre booked a wine tasting as a group of 3. The lady taking our tour was such a delight and so informative. The tasting itself was amazing set it in a private tasting room. We sampled about 5-6 quite full glasses of different wines. They were delicious and the information we learnt was fabulous. I enjoy wine but am... More 

Thank Elizabeth B
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you have seen and are a fan of the movie , Bottle Shock ; then you should stop by . The grounds are impressive for a 19th century castle . The wine range for tasting is 2 whites and balance of reds . The reisling was better than the Chard and the best Cab Sav would have to be... More 

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