Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena

Winery, Vineyard, and Wine Bar$$$$
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    Luke H.
    "Winery was the subject of the movie Bottle Shock."(4 Tips)
    Loveland L.
    "movie Bottleshock for a cool history"(3 Tips)
    mario a.
    "Try the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, it's delicious!"(2 Tips)
    "The Estate Cab is perfection."(2 Tips)
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  • Chloe C.heart icon on user image
    Chloe CondonMay 16, 2016
    They have a selfie machine you can use to take an epic photo. So fun- don't ask someone to take your pic, it's worth the effort. Wines are great too!
  • Ashleigh G.heart icon on user image
    Ashleigh GardnerDecember 30, 2015
    Great tastings in a beautiful and iconic California winery. Friendly and knowledgeable staff who are all eager to tell you about the historic "Judgement of Paris"
  • Teresa T.heart icon on user image
    Teresa TamJanuary 5, 2015
    Beautiful location and amazing wine! Didn't know about the movie, Bottleshock, before I came but worth the visit. Also part of the Passport tour, so worth getting and pays for itself after 2 wineries.
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    PF Wine ToursJune 21, 2014
    Great story and if u sneak to the back room, even if they say it's full, check to make sure and then u can read more about their history&see cool pics. Julia&Kevin like this room, as u can see!
  • Victoria G.heart icon on user image
    Victoria GMarch 28, 2013
    We had a fantastic wine tasting with Sean, who truly knows this wine and the entire region's. We whole-heatedly recommend a trip to Chateau Montelena for its delicious wine and knowledgable service.
  • Ali A.heart icon on user image
    Ali AndersonMay 10, 2015
    Beautiful estate - great spot for a first visit to Napa. Reserve a picnic area for a scenic/relaxing afternoon.
  • Roberto B.heart icon on user image
    Roberto Bruder AguiarNovember 12, 2017
    Beautiful Chateau! Great Zinfandel. Not particularly fan of their Cabs, but loved their Zin and Chardonnay.
  • Jay C.
    Jay CintronAugust 17, 2013
    What a beautiful place to visit! Def my one of my faves in the many winery's I visited in my my visit to Cali.great wines,plenty of photo gifts aswell.
  • jiresellheart icon on user image
    jiresellOctober 4, 2016
    One of the originals in Napa Valley. Beautiful property and the tasting was very well managed! Be sure to visit this winery!
  • Loveland L.
    Loveland LocalJanuary 15, 2013
    Watch the movie Bottleshock for a cool history on this particular winery. And the grounds here are fantastic. Walk around the Lake, gardens, and beautiful building.
  • Stephen C.heart icon on user image
    Stephen CallahanAugust 16, 2019
    The wine history is great but they are doing some great wines at great prices. Try the zin. Also the aged Chardonnay— really.
  • Christopher G.heart icon on user image
    Christopher GallagaAugust 2, 2017
    Beautiful property and a solid part of the beginning of the new world wine movement. Worth a stop.
  • Kari K.heart icon on user image
    Kari KinnunenSeptember 2, 2016
    Check if they are cheating with the tax. They say tx is included in the price just as other wine yards but then adding it anyway to the bill. Nice setting but lousy atmosphere.
  • Christopher C.heart icon on user image
    Christopher ChanJuly 7, 2015
    It's a nice environment to walk around. It's strange that there is a Chinese garden with a French themed winery.
  • Wine G.
    Wine GeographicApril 25, 2013
    The tasting staff was very pleasant and knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back and take the tour.
  • Virginia L.heart icon on user image
    Virginia LongSeptember 10, 2018
    Wines are fine but the prices are inflated. There are many, many equally fine wines and wineries in CA without the steep tasting fees and $50+ per bottle.
  • Kathleen S.heart icon on user image
    Kathleen SullivanSeptember 5, 2015
    Love the architecture but the tasting was a bit disappointing - rushed and not very knowledgeable - despite not being very busy. Would have liked to learn and see more!
  • Joe S.heart icon on user image
    Joe SetaNovember 15, 2014
    Changing of the seasons on the "Right Island" drinking 2011 Zin with a BBQ lunch in a Chinese Pagoda.... Heaven!
  • Brandon S.heart icon on user image
    Brandon SmithJuly 23, 2013
    Get your hands on the 1997 Merlot, the only year they ever made a Merlot. Rare and simply one of the best.
  • Vandna
    VandnaJuly 15, 2012
    Amazing outdoors. Go on a nice day and be sure to walk around! Felt like I was traveling in Europe or something.
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    JoshJanuary 21, 2017
    Beautiful scenery. The castle is nice to look at and so is the Japanese pond. Unfortunately the wine is not very good.
  • Wine G.
    Wine GeographicApril 25, 2013
    The tasting staff was very pleasant and knowledgeable. We will be back.
  • Mark H.
    Mark HinkleMarch 24, 2013
    The place that put Napa on the map in the France v. Napa challenge of 76. The movie Bottleshock is based on the event but fictional, nice tasting room beautiful grounds.
  • Visit Napa Valley
    Visit Napa ValleyNovember 3, 2011
    Chateau Montelena caused a sensation when their 1976 Chardonnay put California wines on the map and beat French wines to take top honors at a Paris blind tasting.
  • DJ C.heart icon on user image
    DJ CapobiancoJuly 10, 2016
    Kevin was da bomb, super nice and knowledgeable
  • Napa U.heart icon on user image
    Napa UberguyNovember 29, 2015
    Amazing grounds. Good wines. Bottle shock based on this one.
  • Eric C.
    Eric ChabinoJanuary 29, 2012
    Cabernet Franc is SO good! Estate Cab is wonderful! The entire staff is fantastic! Met Beau!
  • Bryce K.
    Bryce KidderJune 7, 2011
    Walk the gardens after a tasting beautiful grounds, Nate was a big help with our wine selections and very knowledgable. Thx Nate!
  • Leeanne
    LeeanneSeptember 23, 2011
    Absolutely one of my favorites. Gorgeous grounds, amazing wine and helpful staff.
  • Tony B.
    Tony BanthuthamOctober 30, 2010
    You can visit Villa Ca'Toga nearby on Myrtledale Rd. every Saturday from May through October. Tickets available at Ca'Toga Gallery 1206 Cedar St. in downtown Calistoga. Read more
  • Chateau M.heart icon on user image
    Chateau MontelenaJune 22, 2015
    Enjoy the movie Bottleshock? Check out our Beyond Paris and Hollywood tasting.
  • Brandon C.heart icon on user image
    Brandon CliftAugust 8, 2020
    Be sure to get there 15 minutes early for parking and getting settled before tastings.
  • Luke H.
    Luke HamiltonSeptember 3, 2012
    Winery was the subject of the movie Bottle Shock. Library Tasting offered w/ a reservation and for an add'l fee. Riesling, Chardonnay, & Cabernet.
  • Chateau M.heart icon on user image
    Chateau MontelenaJune 15, 2015
    Spend some time and relax while strolling around Jade Lake.
  • Angie H.heart icon on user image
    Angie HaeringFebruary 5, 2015
    Chardonnay- duh!! We are wine club members here and love it!
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyJuly 3, 2013
    Chat up your server and try to get a taste of the 07 Cab reserve. So nice.
  • Marlie S.heart icon on user image
    Marlie SheltonJanuary 8, 2016
    2008 cab sav is AMAZING. great staff
  • Chateau M.heart icon on user image
    Chateau MontelenaJune 10, 2015
    Come early and avoid the wait!
  • Kristen A.
    No reason to spend any time stopping here. Scenery pretty but staff, especially our pourer, was not pleasant at all!! So many other vineyards that are much more pleasant to visit!
  • mario a.
    mario animaNovember 10, 2012
    Try the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, it's delicious!
  • Burt H.
    Burt HermanMay 18, 2013
    The winery that started it all in California, for background watch the film "Bottle Shock"
  • Hope
    HopeJuly 26, 2013
    I walked out - cannot in good conscious recommend an establishment that treats people with such disrespect.
  • Danica S.
    Danica SattuiFebruary 24, 2013
    Try the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Yumm
  • Kendra C.
    Wine is good, but the draw is the beautiful landscape and the sommeliers are so helpful and informative!
  • Sehee K.
    Sehee KimSeptember 16, 2013
    Loved this winery. Very beautiful!
  • Laurie W.
    Laurie WoodenMarch 6, 2012
    Their Sauvignon Blanc is a beautiful wine. Highly recommend!
  • Jackie S.
    Stunning. Great wine. Just go
  • Sara
    SaraOctober 25, 2010
    Loved this winery. The Estate Cab is perfection. Ask for Nate.
  • Miriam K.
    Miriam Kali-raiJuly 1, 2012
    After watching th movie 'Bottle Shock", it was my dream to visit Chateau Montelena
  • Marjorie S.
    Marjorie SanterAugust 30, 2012
    Beautiful Winery!
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