Cakebread Cellars, Rutherford

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Noted for its Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines, Cakebread Cellars offers seven types of tours and wine tastings. Spread throughout 397 hectares (982 acres) of land, the company has 13 vineyard sites and employs quality-improvement techniques, such as nighttime harvesting and oak barrel aging for some of its reserve Chardonnays. The winery also produces Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Zinfandel wines. You can pre-register for one of several tours to see an in-depth review of winemaking practices from planting to harvesting to tastings of reserve-label wines or private group-tasting events. Wine and food pairing tours happen twice weekly. Reservations are required for all tours. To visit Cakebread Cellars on your trip to Rutherford, use our Rutherford day trip tool .
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  • Have always enjoyed Cakebread wines since it’s early years. Not too sure if they are just getting too big. Lots of construction going on with more Visitor area being built. Many smaller wineries to go...  more »
  • I love wine and wine country. It is always fun to meet the hosts and find out more about the wine. This experience with Nancy was exceptional. She is knowledgeable about the wine and made the tasting ...  more »
  • We visited on a slow day and the staff was kind of enough to walk us around and extend our tasting a bit. It made for a more informative experience and we really appreciated it :). The wine is also gr...  more »
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  • For me this place is cute and they have a strong brand message that helps you identify product and process. However, it's a smaller vineyard and I didn't like the wines themselves as much. The layout is cute though and much more manageable if you want a smaller vineyard. I like the main barn and all the staff here is super friendly - I would go so far as to say friendlier than other places and more accommodating. Additionally they all really believe in the brand promise and you will see that through the tasting menu. the people were really helpful and seemed consistent with the story and brand promise. Sadly these wines are not for me, but overall, a great experience.
  • It was good. Average. Decent. Would I ever stop in again? Afraid not. Too much of a sales pitch for me.
  • This was our first stop on our Napa winery tour and we lucked out. Our group got a beautiful tasting outside by a very knowledgable and friendly member of the Cakebread family who walked us thru not only all of their wines, but a ton of questions about winemaking and the Napa valley region. We enjoyed their wines and the garden next to the tasting area. Unfortunately, we didn't like their wines enough to buy them, but they are available nationally.
  • Favorite place in Napa. Great wine, beautiful setting, and friendly staff
  • What a poor experience. We were treated like we didn't matter. When we arrived I found out it was a $15 tasting fee and asked the person at the front desk if there was a better tasting we could do. Cakebread was my wife's favorite wine so I wanted the best experience possible and was willing to spend a lot more money. The response from the guy at the front: "What, are our wines not good enough for you?". That really threw me because it wasn't a joke - he was deadpan and snobby. He didn't listen when I politely rephrased to ask if there was a more expensive tasting with more rare wines. He literally turned away while I was talking and ignored me. Then he said "Here's a white" and poured a tiny pour without any introduction. We thought it was just something to sip until our tasting began - nope - it was the first wine on the list. No intro, no smile, nothing. We didn't even know what it was. We got to the tasting and the staff member said "we have five wines for you today" and we were surprised. We said we thought there were six, she looked at us like we were dumb and said "you just had one of them". What? Four of the other people in our tour were also surprised because they had been treated similarly to us. It wasn't just us, everyone was having the same experience. The pours were extremely light and we were not allowed to revisit any wines. When we asked if we could, we were told "No, we don't do that". The whole tasting had the vibe of "hurry up and get out, we don't need you, you need us, quit asking questions and be thankful we're pouring you a half oz". Here's the thing Cakebread: We - your customers - have what you need... money. You were such a huge disapointment to my wife that you won't be getting any more money from us. Your brand is now associated with disapointment. You made my wife sad because you treated her like she didn't matter. You were her favorite wine. She'd been looking forward to a tasting at your facility for months and you totally let her down. When I think of your label I now think of the disappointment in my wife's eyes. I hope the actual Cakebreads read this and make a real change to how the staff treats the customers. When staff treats customers poorly, it's a manifestation of a systemic morale problem and not an easy fix. I hope you still care enough to fix it. You just lost two long-time devoted customers. When people ask us how our trip to Napa was we'll be answering that it was great EXCEPT for our huge disapointment in Cakebread. Two stars because the wine was good as expected but overall we left with a sour taste that will stick with us.

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