We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Entry fees to wineries and vineyards

Singapore
Level Contributor
57 posts
7 reviews
2 helpful votes
Entry fees to wineries and vineyards

Hi All Experts :)

We are a family of seven planning to drive up to Napa Valley from SF to buy so of their wonderful wine.

Initially we planned to visit Castello di Amorosa but is hesitating now because i was told that a $30/pax fee is required even if we are not joining any tasting or tours. Tasting tours will be at a addition $15.

Our main aim is to go to their shop to purchase their wine to be brought home. In the group, only 2 of us drink so i do not see the point of paying the fee and not taste anything.

Is it a normal practice for all vineyards here to charge a entrance fee because they have very nice buildings and estate?

Any experts here can help recommend any vineyard that carries very good wine (in your own opinion) and has free access to the wine shop.

Thank you so much for helping! =D

6 replies to this topic
Level Contributor
1,580 posts
1. Re: Entry fees to wineries and vineyards

No, most places do not have an entrance fees. Many wineries are private and wont allow a group of your size to come in unless everyone is paying for the tour experience. But there are many wineries open to the public that you can enter and just buy wine without tasting, or taste and buy. I would recommend going to a winery where the rest of your party can walk the grounds so they are not taking up room in the tasting room. Maybe look at Hall winery in St. Helena, Mondavi, Inglenook, Raymond. Castello di Amorso charges to allow people entrance to walk around in the castle

Level Contributor
40,576 posts
1,036 reviews
1,821 helpful votes
2. Re: Entry fees to wineries and vineyards

Check out Chateau Montelena or Sterling in Calistoga. 🍷

San Francisco, Ca
Level Contributor
23,607 posts
83 reviews
57 helpful votes
3. Re: Entry fees to wineries and vineyards

I suspect Castello di Amoroso was receiving a large number of people who just wanted to gawk at the authentic stone castle. When you are in the business of making and selling wine, those crowds can chase away potential customers and cost the business money. Hence the entrance fee. And which is why most other wineries don't charge one, since they aren't generally treated like free entertainment.

(Although that is also why there is a charge to taste wine in most places. It used to be free, but people treated it as a way to get loaded without paying. Charging a small fee reduces crowds, improves the experience and reduces the number of drunk drivers on the road!)

Singapore
Level Contributor
57 posts
7 reviews
2 helpful votes
4. Re: Entry fees to wineries and vineyards

Hi All,

Thanks for the replies! Will check out other options that are recommended.

It would be great if we have time to roam around the castle and pay the entrance fee since the castle looks amazing but we are a little short in time here thats why.

Level Contributor
1,580 posts
5. Re: Entry fees to wineries and vineyards

The fee to go in only allows access to a small portion of the castle. For the full access you have to pay for the full tour

Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
59,393 posts
2,017 reviews
1,818 helpful votes
6. Re: Entry fees to wineries and vineyards

Most wineries have free access to their shops, for the purchase of wines, or items in the “store” portion of the operations.

Most have fees for tastings/tours.

Some, which have other aspects of “attractions,” do charge an “admission fee.”

Which wines do you enjoy? This could be specific producers, or varietals.

Best of luck, and enjoy!

Hunt 🍷

Reply to: Entry fees to wineries and vineyards
Get notified by e-mail when a reply is posted