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“Go at closing.. they're very generous with samples!”
Review of Sterling Vineyards

Sterling Vineyards
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Private Napa Valley Customized Wine Tour
Ranked #3 of 68 things to do in Calistoga
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Perched 300 feet above the town of Calistoga, Sterling Vineyards offers panoramic views of Napa Valley. An aerial tram carries visitors up the hill to the winery, whose architecture was modeled after that of the Greek island of Mykonos, where Sterling founder Peter Newton once lived. The brilliant white stucco stands out dramatically against the rugged Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges that flank each side of Napa Valley. Mount Saint Helena makes a lovely distant backdrop. The winery’s towers house eight bells from London’s Church of St. Dunstan’s-in-the-East, originally founded in the 10th century. The church was destroyed by fire in 1666, rebuilt, then destroyed again during the bombing of WWII. Each time, new bells were recast from the old metal to give them superior tonal quality. The rich tolling of these ancient bells sounds down through the valley on the quarter hour. Through walkways and balconies, guests take a self-guided tour of Sterling Vineyards’ winemaking facilities. Beautiful outdoor terraces and elegant tasting rooms provide the perfect environment to enjoy exceptional wines while taking in the view. The extraordinary Mediterranean-style architecture, unique aerial tramway, stunning location, historic bells, and attention to visitors make Sterling Vineyards a top destination in Napa Valley.
Tumon, Mariana Islands
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“Go at closing.. they're very generous with samples!”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

In this attraction, you climb aboard a cable car to view the vineyards in their entirety. You have about 5 stops in your walk-yourself tour. At each stop, a wine expert tells you about the wine they'll let you sample. You also get to keep your Sterling Vineyards wine glass as a souvenir.

We went at closing time, which was great, because the experts were more than generous when serving you samples. If i lived in California, I probably would have bought all the wines they let us sample. They were great!

The cable car is quite high; you're probably raised about 50' in the air, so I wouldn't recommend this to those who are afraid of heights (my sister was terrified).

There is beautiful scenery all around you, great for photo opportunities. At the end of the tour, you reach a gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs, wine, and even sign up for a wine of the month club.

Visited February 2014
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Worth It”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

When you first drive in, your wondering where to go and what to do. Your put off by the fact that it looks small, until you walk up to the gate. They take you up into the mountain and the views from the top are breath taking! This is by far one of my fav wineries that i have ever been too. The wine was by far some of the best and has become my favorite. I wish i could have joined the Wine clube to get the good discounted, but they don't ship to OHIO. I think in cases like this, you should be able to give us the discount anyways. I would have bought plenty of bottles. Instead i bought none.... Sadly....

Visited October 2013
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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“Great views if you visit from April to Nov, terrible wines”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

We went to Sterling after hearing friends rave about the views and I can totally agree that riding the tram up to their tasting/tour area. The tasting patio is gorgeous and you can order a cheese/charcuterie dish to pair with your wine. The wines were mediocre at best - I'm not a fan of Sterling wine in general but I thought they would have something better to offer at the actual winery than what you can find in your local supermarket - that was definitely not the case. Also, while we didn't request the cheese/charcuterie plate, a lot of others did and they had run out and there was only person pouring and she couldn't leave her station to get more nor did she have a way to communicate with anyone else on site to bring her more. Same goes for grape juice for the kids. If you're traveling here from April/May through October/early November, definitely stop here for the views. Otherwise, skip it.

Visited February 2014
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Noel, Missouri
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“Don't miss this one! Great Winery,”
Reviewed February 15, 2014

If I rated all the Napa wineries this would be #3, would put Castello di Amorosa, and Opus the top 2 not sure about order.

Sterling has a Tram ride up to the Winery. Great tasting staff, great wines! You will enjoy, although last year the pairing (silver) tasting badge had food to go with it, this years you had to pay extra 25 to get it. Still a visit worth while.

Visited February 2014
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Truly awesome”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

Great experience. Ride to the top of the hill was fun. They took care of kids as we'll by offering grape juice. A day well spent

Visited January 2014
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