Chateau Montelena, Calistoga

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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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  • The grounds are absolutely stunning and the wine was phenomenal. However, the service was lackluster. The tasting was rushed and there were no explanations about the wine. We were trying to be upsold ...  more »
  • It is a not very large, which would highlight is the quality of its wines and the excellent way of tasting it. He was one of the vineyards we most enjoy. The construction and the views are normal but there if they know how to do it came
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  • The Chateau Montelena was kind of the responsible winery to put Napa Valley in the world map, so if you like wines you have to go to Chateau Montelena. It is not chip, but has a lot of history and the...  more »
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  • Great wine and beautiful grounds. I visited when this place was not busy and the staff was happy to chat and to tell a lot about the wine and the history of the place. I loved the exterior of the Chateau and the pond. I enjoyed the experience a lot. Oh did I say that the wine was great especially the 10 years old cab?
  • The wine is wonderful. The treatment once doing a testing was less than ideal and very unfriendly. Of all the tours and winery visits we did, this was the worst by far. The staff did not talk about the wines, other than telling you the type of grape and year. The staff should go visit a place like Benziger or Imagery to understand customer service. The new release cab is absolutely delicious. The other wines were spectacular as well. Great Wines. Terrible Service.
  • I was very surprised at the previous review that said the staff was not cordial? We had a wonderful visit and our associate talked about the wines we were tasting, the history of ownership, and also gave us a tour of the building where wine events take place and the staff works! The wines were everything we came wanting to experience and the Winery experience was a perfect backdrop.
  • One of the most iconic wineries in Napa! Make sure you watch "Bottle Shock" by director Randall Miller to learn more about the "Judgment of Paris" and what makes Montelena's Chardonnay so unique! Also give yourself ample time to walk the grounds, which includes a swan lake and the English Gothic chateau!
  • Beautiful winery. The art and decor is pretty. The wine is amazing. Loved walking the grounds.

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