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About Chateau Potelle

We promise a St. Helena Wine Tasting experience that is innovative, intimate, convivial & extraordinary. Enjoy our unique Food & Wine Pairings, with food bites from the Michelin starred Chef Ken Frank of the famed La Toque Restaurant.

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It is our honor to have you visit our Tasting Home & Garden in St. Helena and taste the wines of our family boutique winery.

Despite our 30 years in the Napa Valley, we continue to be an anomaly. We love what we do and we do it with all our heart. We love our customers and love rubbing elbows with them. For that reason, we sell our wines exclusively to you, our private customers, and not in restaurants and stores.

Our vision at Chateau Potelle is to produce wines with style and character that are representative of their birth place, Mt. Veeder. Like for each of us, our "roots" provide us with an unique culture, a set of mores and traditions...a style and character. After all, people from the California coast and the hills of Tennessee embody vast differences! Our job as winemakers is to respect and exploit the unique qualities of our "roots" ...to craft wines with a sense of style and personality.

Chateau Potelle has built a solid reputation for its avant-garde approach and for its commitment to quality. This experience is an opportunity for you taste the product of our passion.
You will Love it!

Take your time and enjoy.

features Notable Features
  • Architectural Appeal
  • Art on Display
  • Boutique Winery
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Owned
  • Gardens
  • Hand-crafted
  • Intimate Setting or Venue
  • Limited Production
  • Special Events
  • Sustainable
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • By Appointment Only
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • Napa Neighbor Participant
  • Private Tastings
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Wine Club
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Cinsault
  • Dessert Wine
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Grenache
  • Late Harvest
  • Malbec
  • Meritage
  • Merlot
  • Petite Sirah
  • Petit Verdot
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Port Wine
  • Primitivo
  • Red Table Wine
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Syrah
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
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Robert M. Member Since 10/7/2014
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 8/03/17 12:00 PM

Our host was very knowledgeable and easy to talk with. Loved our name on the wine tasting table. Wines were great. We joined the wine club.

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Paul D. Member Since 5/30/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 8/01/17 1:00 PM

Always fun. Great wine and hospitality.

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Nick H. Member Since 7/3/2015
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 7/30/17 2:00 PM

Tony was a fantastic host. Food was delicious on and they had red and white wines that were delicious. Joined the wine club and am looking forward to returning

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Bob L. Member Since 4/3/2015
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 7/28/17 3:00 PM

Excellent

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Jeana & Bill R. Member Since 7/19/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 7/19/17 3:00 PM

I loved that the owner was present, approachable and quite charming ;). I loved that we had time to chat about more than just the wine but the area, the players, the climates, the cultures and changes of the industry etc.

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Melissa T. Member Since 7/3/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 7/11/17 12:00 PM

Staff was friendly and super hospitable. Only slight minus was the ambience as the place is located by the highway. Nevertheless would highly recommend this place! Definitely worth a visit

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Stuart F. Member Since 6/19/2017
VGS Tasting (wine only) on 7/07/17 3:00 PM

Extremely well prepared for our arrival and great follow up

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James T. Member Since 7/2/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 7/02/17 1:00 PM

The wine was delicious and the hospitality was great. The food pairing was amazing. Overall loved the experience and will bring my friends there again!

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Roger K. Member Since 5/31/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 6/27/17 3:00 PM

We had a marvelous time! Luckily for us, we were the only couple, so it wound up a private tasting and intimate experience with a charming and enthusiastic host. The wine was uniformly excellent and the food pairings were spot-on. Would recommend this winery tasting for those who enjoy a small-production, low-pressure, high-quality experience.

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Larry H. Member Since 2/22/2013
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 6/26/17 10:00 AM

Super awesome experience and hospitality and attentiveness by Tony

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Maureen D. Member Since 7/6/2012
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 6/24/17 11:00 AM

Wonderful wine and food pairing. Wines were lovely and the food was nice to have with the wines. Great casual setting and wonderful chat with Tony. We would return.

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Jeff B. Member Since 5/27/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 6/04/17 2:00 PM

We arrived for our appointment right on time and Anthony was waiting to show us to our private table for four on the patio surrounded by flowers. He was very thorough in his explanations of both the wines we would be enjoying as well as the food pairings that came with. He was generous with his time and also with the pours. All of agreed that this was one of the nicest tasting experiences ever.

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Robert N. Member Since 1/7/2014
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 6/03/17 1:00 PM

Wines were great and Anthony was very knowledgeable and personal We had a great experience

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David F. Member Since 2/24/2015
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 5/19/17 11:00 AM

Linda and I have enjoyed tasting at CP in St. Helena each time we go to Napa Valley. This time, the outdoor experience has improved with the maturity of the bushes, and other vegetation. Location is very convenient and of course easy to find just because the railroad crossing "system equipment" is right there.

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Warren S. Member Since 1/7/2014
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 5/05/17 12:00 PM

We visited the tasting room on May 5, as part of the GEMS program and did the wine/food tasting experience. Shelby was a great host and took a lot of time explaining the wines and also the food bites that were paired with them. The pairings of the bites were really perfect for the wines; obviously some thought had been put into this. Sitting outside enjoying the wine and food in perfect weather made for a great experience. There is some road noise, being so close to Route 29, but it didn’t detract from the good time. If not for the GEMS program, we probably would not have tried Chateau Potelle but we are very glad we did! The wines really are “VGS”!

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Blake H. Member Since 5/1/2014
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 5/07/17 1:00 PM

Chateau Potelle is like home. An amazing experience as well as ambiance!! Anthony was a great host and made us feel very welcomed. Wine is always amazing!

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Jeffrey H. Member Since 11/18/2013
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 5/05/17 1:00 PM

The overall experience was great! The wines are excellent. The food pairing makes the experience exceptional. Lastly, the hospitality and the people were wonderful. We had a great experience! Thanks.

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Dan W. Member Since 1/24/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 5/06/17 1:00 PM

this is a very understated tasting room in a small house with a small outdoor garden. Nonetheless, it is very attractive, and pleasant. they provided a very well paired tasting menu with selected wines. As always, we bought some and haven't been disappointed.

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amanda m. Member Since 5/4/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 5/04/17 2:00 PM

They made us feel like they were squeezing us in when I called for reservations for two people. When we got there the place was empty. But the hostess was very knowledgeable and down to earth. At first appearance it may be stuffy, but we had a really fun roudy time.

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Bob M. Member Since 4/19/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 5/02/17 11:00 AM

Excellent ambience at this garden tasting room with no vineyard. Food and wine tasting experience was great, highlighting the qualities of each wine. Our host Anthony was extremely knowledgeable and attentive.

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Lindsay R. Member Since 4/26/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 5/03/17 11:00 AM

Shelby was super nice and accommodating! All their wines are fabulous! Very laid back and easy going for Saint Helena, which I love!

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Suzanne G. Member Since 10/18/2015
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 4/29/17 12:00 PM

We've been going to Napa for over 10 years now and brought some friends with us for their first visit to Napa and decided to try Chateau Potelle. I had picked it because of the French style wines for my friend who loves French wines. It did not disappoint. Anthony did a great job with the tasting and pairing experience. It was the Napa experience you hope for every time from start to finish!

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Mike H. Member Since 4/20/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 4/20/17 1:00 PM

Upon arrival we were greeted by a lovely hostess. She presented the wine tasting, paired with food, in an informative and relaxed manner. The wine and food were terrific. Our visit was a true pleasure.

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Mike S. Member Since 4/9/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 4/23/17 3:00 PM

Fantastic Winery! Great club! Well worth it.

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Mark B. Member Since 9/9/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 4/15/17 3:00 PM

Wonderful tasting experience. The staff is informative and attentive. The garden is peaceful. The wines and food pairings are outstanding. Highly recommended stop in St Helena.

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Lindsay R. Member Since 2/1/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 4/04/17 10:00 AM

Great place! Really loved the food and wine pairing. Will for sure be recommending

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david e. Member Since 3/23/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 3/30/17 3:00 PM

We had a great tasting with amazing food pairings. The wines were great, the conversation and experience were wonderful as well. It was very personal, relaxed and a great experience.

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John P. Member Since 3/22/2017
VGS Tasting (wine only) on 3/22/17 3:00 PM

The wines are fantastic. The experience is always first rate. A true gem in the valley.

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Gina F. Member Since 3/7/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 3/17/17 1:00 PM

We live in Napa and have many visitors. This is our new favorite tour destination. It was a superb experience from start to finish and the favorite of the week for all of us. Definitely do the food and wine pairing, exquisite! Shelby, our wine educator was fun and down to earth. Every wine was wonderful - perhaps the most consistently good of any winery we know. We joined the wine club.

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David K. Member Since 2/24/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 3/07/17 11:00 AM

Don't be discouraged by the initial exterior appearance or location. Once inside, the atmosphere and ambiance are wonderful. Wine is as good as ever and hospitality is top notch. VGS is a must try.

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Michael M. Member Since 2/16/2016
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 3/02/17 2:00 PM

Great wine and food pairing!

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Thurston W. Member Since 2/23/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/25/17 11:00 AM

This is my new place. Wishing I had discovered them sooner.

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Daniel V. Member Since 2/15/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/25/17 2:00 PM

Great hospitality with Tony during private tasting and warm welcome from manager before we left. We joined the wine club as well, as the quality of the wines is excellent

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Leigh B. Member Since 7/5/2011
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/20/17 11:00 AM

Don't be put off by the small white cottage as you will miss out on the fabulous wine, food bites and decor.

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Vicky A. Member Since 2/17/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/17/17 12:00 PM

This was our first food/wine pairing experience. Shelby was down to earth, yet informative. The atmosphere was welcoming and warm. We had a great experience.

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Jennete L. Member Since 2/10/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 2/12/17 12:00 PM

The server was there all by herself, but she handled everyone with ease. She was super friendly and welcoming. Our group really enjoyed our time at the winery. The best of the day.

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Tiara H. Member Since 1/19/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 1/31/17 12:00 PM

This was my second time in 2 weeks to VGS Chateau Potelle and Tony greeted us with a warm welcome but I enjoyed my first visit better with Shelby frankly because she gave us a lot more generous pours.

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Jeff H. Member Since 1/30/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 1/30/17 2:00 PM

This is the best tasting experience that I know of (this was not my first time). The wines are exceptional, the food pairings come from one of the top restaurants in Napa and the people are great. If anyone asks me for a tasting recommendation this is the first place I send them.

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Tiara H. Member Since 1/19/2017
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 1/22/17 12:00 PM

Shelby was amazing. Super fun to talk to and very entertaining. Loved the fact that we were the only ones there for the 12pm tasting. She also offered us the Little Book of Big Experiences booklet and saved so much!

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Diem D. Member Since 11/15/2013
VGS Food & Wine Tasting Experience on 1/13/17 2:00 PM

Excellent wines sourced from amazing growers and paired with small bites that are thoughtfully prepared and paired. It's a hidden gem in st helena and should be on the list if you're a wine & food enthusiast. Very well done.

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Chateau Potelle
1200 Dowdell Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574

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