Chateau Montelena, Calistoga

4.0
Try the award-winning Chardonnay, along with other delicious wine varieties, at Chateau Montelena. In 1976, the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the Paris Tasting and created a lasting reputation for California winemaking. Today you can explore the 103 hectare (254 acre) property, including vineyards originally planted in 1896 by Alfred Loving Tubbs and replanted in 1972. Enjoy a picnic by the Chinese garden and Jade Lake. The winery offers several different tours, including current tastings, limited-release tastings, and vineyard tours, where you'll learn about Napa Valley winemaking and what makes these particular wines worth tasting. Finally, sample the wines made on site. Wines are available for purchase from the wine shop. Plan to visit Chateau Montelena and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Calistoga attractions using our Calistoga trip planning site .
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  • My Favorite of all wineries in Napa, just fantastic , we had a great tour with a great guide , beautiful wine tasting with loads of info on the wine and a really history behind every wine fully explai...  more »
  • My husband and I enjoyed the library tasting at the winery. The property is well maintained with a lovely walk to the main building. We experienced the library tasting and were well informed of the wi...  more »
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  • Absolutely gorgeous vineyard, there is a beautiful Japanese garden with swans and a pond in between the castle and the vineyards. The French style castle is beautiful. The staff were all very pleasant. I rated this a four star because the wine tasting usually is held in a special room with an included experience, but my group and I were put out on a bar with a tender that flitted between people at the bar and left us on our own with minimal descriptions of the wine, the creation process, the palette, etcetera. Paying for the whole wine experience, I don't think it's reasonable to miss out on half of it! The wines were absolutely fantastic and I hope to come back to a more well rounded tasting in the future.
  • Dominico does an excellent job explaining the nuances of the growing process and how it impacts the finished product. Excellent wines, beautiful tour. Well worth the time.
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