Chateau St. Jean
Chateau St. Jean
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Inspired by formal estate gardens in the south of France, Chateau St Jean is the quintessential Sonoma winery that features gracious style and exquisite architecture. Founded in 1973, the winery is a pioneer in single vineyard wines and the home of the iconic Cinq Cepages.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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4.5 of 5 bubbles397 reviews
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karen2122016
Washington DC, DC2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
Did the picnic service here last weekend and it’s such a shameless ripoff. Three of us spent 120 bucks + fees and tax, and all they provided was some boring egg salad, chicken breast, some lettuce, gas station cookies and chips. And you would think $120 worth of chicken breast and egg salad could possibly feed an army, but everything came in a small box. It’s barely enough for one person. I kept wondering, did they accidentally only gave us one person portion instead of three? I was so pissed off that I didn’t want to try their wine. No interest in returning. Avoid this place! Spending 10 dollars at Safeway and picnic at any lawn would give you much better experience.
Written July 18, 2020
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Wendy W
34 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
No question this place is on beautiful grounds. Exquisite. However 4 of us stood at the tasting bar and the first thing the bar tender says to us is “ Oh geez the last people left and more came and I couldn’t give them the service I wanted and now you’re here!” Wait what? We did not need to hear that. She proceeded to wait on everyone else then finally give us a taste never explaining anything about the wines. The wines were not enjoyable which didn’t help. When I paid the bill I gave her my card and she proceeded to do 10 other things and I said I’d like my card back and she said “you never gave it to me!” Seriously!!!!? I told her I definitely gave her my card finally she took a deep breath and said “Ohhhhhhhhh here it is!” Soooooo unprofessional and brash. Sad to say we won’t be back. Too many other beautiful vineyards in the area to visit.
Written January 7, 2020
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Hello Wendy, Very sorry to hear about your experience, this is not what we strive to deliver here and I hope we can make it right for you. I have sent you a personal message and hope we get a chance to connect. Sincerest apologies, Russell Craigie
Written January 8, 2020
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CynthiaHoeft
Puyallup, WA228 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
The stars are for the absolutely beautiful setting this winery has. Truly a wonderful setting. The lack of stars is because of the absolute lack of service. Yesterday we confirmed we didn’t need reservations for tasting, and as members expected to not have a problem. Yet when we arrived and asked about tasting we were told we needed reservations and they would do what they could. We sat at a table waiting while the other three tables were given wine tastings. When I asked for the wifi password from a staff member I was told I would need to wait til our server came to help us. The problem is the server never came. We watched the one server stand waiting to help the three tasting parties they had (total of less than 10 people) we went inside where another staff member simply stood at the bar. No one helped us, we ended up leaving. After driving 30 minutes to get there what a huge disappointment. I would have completely understood if they were swamped but they were not. Even when we were greeted at the parking lot and asked if we had a reservation and said no they said no problem. This was not the case. Do not recommend.
Written June 3, 2022
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860elaineg
Mission Viejo, CA230 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
CSJ is a beautiful winery. We got married there and went there on our 15th anniversary. It wasn't like before. There's no family feel. It's all corporate. They kept pushing for us to join the wine club which we had in the past. They could care less that we were celebrating our anniversary at CSJ. We bought alot of wine and it was constant the staff kept pushing us to purchase. They even charged us $23 for a glass of wine but we later had it comped. There was a very pushy lady there, loud and abrasive. Total turnoff for us to deal with her. I would only go back to look at the grounds but the feeling of the people that made our day special there are long gone.
It's a large conglomerate corporate business now. Very sad.
Written June 28, 2021
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Irma B
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
It was 3 adults, family, the server assumed our nationality based on our last name and we felt offended. When corrected, he still questioned if my birth country was true! He poured just enough wine to wet your whistle & no more! Not much explanation, history of chateau unless asked! Poor service. The visit during pandemic not enough of an excuse. Nothing is served with tasting unless you buy & pricey too! You’re better off going to a restaurant/wine bar buying a bottle or 2, some appetizers and sharing it with those you are with.
Written November 30, 2020
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C S
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This was our first visit to Chateau St. Jean, and I was looking forward to the reserve tasting more than any other tasting I had booked over our Sonoma weekend.

I was under the impression that the winery was 21 and over. Upon entering the reserve tasting area, I saw a kid. Don’t get me wrong, I love kids. I have 2 of my own… but I don’t want them around when I’m wine tasting, which is why I opted for a babysitter back home. Strike 1.

The same family with the kid had a dog who was off leash and pooping while I was trying to enjoy my flight. Same thing: love dogs. Have one of my own back home. However, I put him in a boarding facility so that I may enjoy my weekend. Strike 2.

We had the reserve flight which was tragically average. I didn’t find anything special about the offerings. Perhaps my tasting was influenced by the terribly constipated dog trying to do his thing in front of me.

The only wine that left a good impression was their Reserve Malbec. Way too much money to spend on a tasting for just average wine. Strike 3.

Spend your time and money elsewhere. I was blown away by Lasseter and Hanzell— go there instead.
Written July 31, 2022
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Jegyed
Brentwood, TN41 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Did the Reserve tasting at $60 each, very disappointing. 5 stingy pours, little info. Every other winery I went to was better. I don't mind paying, but this one rubbed me the wrong way, I was expecting to taste some very interesting and uncommon wines.
Written May 10, 2021
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I am so very sorry to hear your experience with Chateau St Jean did not meet your expectations. We work diligently to curate our lists so that we pour the wines we feel are showing best. It is always our intention to pour enough wine that you get a good sense of the wine, so again, apologies if you felt our pours were too light, we will certainly look into that. Please contact me, cameron.james@tweglobal.com, and I'd like to connect and see if we can make this right for you. ~Cameron James, Director of Hospitality
Written June 9, 2021
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Lauren T
Dallas, TX1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Terrible experience! Their running water water was down, so we found out halfway through our visit that their was no fresh water or restrooms available! We wanted to leave but were charged for the full experience regardless. Took 20 minutes from when we sat down to get service. Absolutely would avoid!
Written September 2, 2022
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kazungulaboy
Boston27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Beautiful setting, very nice wines, and overpriced. If you want to pay $45 to taste what amounts to less than one glass of wine, you’ll be delighted. Have had a wonderful experience there before-ended up buying a case. But c’mon - you’ve driven me away with your stinginess.
Written April 28, 2023
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Katie P
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We have visited Chateau to discover the place in our first trip to Sonoma Valley. We were expecting nice, welcoming service but instead found not a good atmosphere and when we had issue with paying with European card, the atmosphere became a bit hostile and unfriendly. In addition, price for a bottle of red wines are exaggerated compared to smaller wine makers we discover later. It has been a disappointment to us, unfortunately. I would not recommend this place for a tasting.
Written July 25, 2023
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