Chateau Montelena Napa County | Calistoga, CA


Address Chateau Montelena
Napa County Winery
1429 Tubbs Ln
Calistoga, CA 94515
Phone #
Pricing $ $ $ $ $
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Reservations? No
Pet friendly? No
Dining? No

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Chateau Montelena Wine Tasting Tours, Hours & Prices:

9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily
(except major holidays and the third Saturday in May)

$15 tasting fee NOT applied to a purchase of a bottle of wine.

Chateau Montelena Wine Tasting Notes

The first thing I think when driving up to this wonderfully wooded setting is that I'm entering a fairy tale. The big, castle-like structure makes me feel like I'm gonna meet a princess named Riesling.

In the small, but elegant tasting room, you'll find lots of evidence that Chateau Montelena was one of the wineries made famous by the 1976 Paris tasting that put California on the map, (not to mention the books and movies about the same). Come for the Chardonnay, but stay for the Estate Zin, the Estate Cab, and yes, the Riesling!

The staff is friendly and know their wines. We had a good experience at the bar, although the $15 tasting fee is a bit steep and the fee is NOT applied to a bottle purchase.

The grounds are a treat to explore, as well. Make your way past the bocci court down to Jade Pond, and stroll among the wild flowers and water fowl.

I would imagine that after the movies about the '76 Paris wine tasting, (which feature Chateau Montelena), it's going to be pretty crowded most of the time, especially on weekends. So I'd save this one for a weekday, if you can.

The property is a bit out of the way if you're spending the day in lower Napa, but if you're up in the Calistoga area make this one of your stops.

Chateau Montelena Wines

Pick Rating Vintage Type Varietal Name      
94 2004 Red Zinfandel Montelena Estate Zinfandel
91 2006 White Riesling Potter Valley Riesling
89 2005 White Chardonnay Napa Valley Chardonnay