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About Chateau St. Jean

Founded in 1973 in the Sonoma Valley, Chateau St. Jean is the quintessential Sonoma winery.

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Founded in 1973 in the Sonoma Valley, Chateau St. Jean is the quintessential Sonoma winery. Chateau St. Jean produces an extensive portfolio of Sonoma County wines as well as vineyard designated wines, limited production Reserve wines, and the flagship Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren uses her more than 30 years of vineyard and winemaking expertise at Chateau St. Jean to continue the tradition of highlighting the best of each vineyard site to produce exceptional wines. Chateau St. Jean is the first Sonoma winery to be awarded the prestigious “Wine of the Year” award from Wine Spectator Magazine for its 1996 Cinq Cépages, a Bordeaux style blend.

features Notable Features
  • Bocce Ball
  • Corporate Events
  • Gardens
  • Historic Building
  • Pet Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
  • Weddings
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • Large Groups (6-12)
  • Large Groups (12-20)
  • Patio Tasting
  • Private Tastings
  • Public Tasting Room
  • Reservations Recommended
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Wine & Cheese Pairing
  • Wine Club
  • Wine Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Bordeaux Blend
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Dessert Wine
  • Fume Blanc
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Late Harvest
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Pinot Noir
  • Riesling
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors5 Star Average Rating
Overall Score 4 Star Overall Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star First Impression Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Hospitality Rating 4/5
Ambiance 5 Star Ambiance Rating 5/5
Lynn D. Member Since 6/4/2013
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 8/14/17 1:00 PM

Lovely setting with fabulous wines

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Deborah B. Member Since 1/31/2017
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 8/13/17 12:30 PM

It was a wonder experience. Fantastic place to sit and take in the scenery. Wine was fabulous. They treat club members well.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Megan W. Member Since 8/10/2017
Private Tailored Wine Experience on 8/13/17 11:00 AM

We had researched white wine tastings and Chateau St. Jean offered customized tasting options. Our tasting was held in a private room and led by Rhonda, whose knowledge of the wine and its origins was excellent. The placemats at the table were customized with our last name. We sampled four wines, each of which were excellent. Just fantastic and highly recommended for your next trip to Sonoma.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Barbara T. Member Since 5/29/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 8/10/17 11:00 AM

We had a wonderful wine and cheese pairing on the patio overlooking the vineyards. Great experience and would recommend it.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Robert C. Member Since 7/7/2017
Wine Club Picnic Table Reservation on 8/10/17 3:00 PM

Extremely accommodating. The staff couldn't have been better Sat on the side patio on the reserve side. Very relaxing area.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Lee & Sally B. Member Since 7/31/2017
Reserve Tasting on 8/03/17 11:00 AM

My parents had a great time and loved the wine so much, they joined the wine club!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Alison T. Member Since 6/26/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 8/07/17 3:00 PM

Rhonda was a great host and the wines and cheeses were all delicious. We even enjoyed a few games of boules in the beautiful gardens afterwards which was fun.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Linda S. Member Since 7/31/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 8/05/17 11:00 AM

We selected the wine and cheese tasting - excellent cheese and wine and sitting down to enjoy the food and wine and visit with friends was very relaxing. Very nice atmosphere. Katherine was helpful yet not intrusive as we enjoyed the wines.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Katie D. Member Since 8/5/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 8/05/17 12:00 PM

Beautiful setting and lovely experience. The wine and cheese tasting was wonderful and Katherine made the day! Can't wait to visit again.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Caroline G. Member Since 7/11/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 7/29/17 1:00 PM

We had a wonderful visit at the chateau. The grounds are beautiful and it was a perfect day. Our group of 8 made reservations for the wine and cheese pairing. Our host Geoff was most gracious and spoke French with our French family member, which made for a very warm, relaxing experience. The plates were beautiful and the pairings were exemplary.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Matthew B. Member Since 8/3/2017
Premium Tasting on 8/04/17 1:00 PM

Very good wines. Learned about your excellent reserve wines. Liked Burgundian style of Le Seul white. Laura Coy recommended. ??

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Trina C. Member Since 5/2/2014
Reserve Tasting on 7/25/17 3:00 PM

Upon arrival, we entered the main tasting room which was large and very "supermarket" in feeling. This is not our typical winery preference so we were a little disappointed off the bat. We then realized we should've checked in at the other side of the winery for the reserve tasting which was more intimate and our style.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Robert R. Member Since 7/28/2017
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 7/29/17 2:30 PM

It was one of our best experiences in wine country to date (and we've been coming since ~2002). Tim was outstanding in both his hospitality and knowledge of wine. Our closet friends joined us for the tasting and walked away with a very positive impression of Tim and the Chateau St. Jean experience. It really couldn't have been better - this is exactly why we rejoined as wine members.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Nathan S. Member Since 7/28/2017
Private Tailored Wine Experience on 7/29/17 1:00 PM

Very Beautiful Place, outside seating, picnic areas. This was our first time and it was great.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Edward B. Member Since 7/28/2017
Reserve Tasting on 7/29/17 1:00 PM

Beautiful grounds.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Gian V. Member Since 7/29/2017
Premium Tasting on 7/29/17 2:00 PM

Gorgeous place. Amazing grounds, some great wine. A must see and taste experience.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Larry W. Member Since 5/24/2016
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 7/25/17 3:30 PM

Lovely atmosphere and view from members patio! Very attentive and friendly staff. Full 5 star experience.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Colleen S. Member Since 7/22/2017
Premium Tasting on 7/22/17 2:00 PM

Really beautiful setting with awesome bocce ball court and delicious wines!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Kathleen F. Member Since 7/13/2017
Reserve Tasting on 7/18/17 11:00 AM

Building and grounds were beautiful. We did a reserve tasting and the wines were lovely. Our pourer was very knowledgeable. Only downside was that he drove a pretty hard sell to join the wine club. We paid for 2 tastings and actually purchased 2 bottles of the reserve wine yet he was visibly annoyed with us for not joining the wine club. This put a damper on our experience.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Martin & June H. Member Since 9/14/2016
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 7/07/17 12:00 PM

I was surprised at the cost for a member who brought in two guests who then both bought wine. I also had a guest 2 for 1 that was not honored. Very disappointing.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
WILLIAM N. Member Since 7/7/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 7/09/17 2:00 PM

The wine and cheese pairing @ Chateau St. Jean is hands down one of the best in the Sonoma & Napa valley's. I prefer the dinning room as the ambiance, decor and setting is very beautiful... but the outdoor setting also looks great as well.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Shanna S. Member Since 6/14/2017
Premium Tasting on 7/14/17 10:00 AM

We had a great experience. The property was beautiful and the person doing our tasting was very knowledgeable. Our only regret was not upgrading to the reserve tasting.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Randi R. Member Since 6/18/2016
Bastille Day Featuring Music by The Cheeseballs on 7/16/16 11:00 AM

Beautiful & really had fun. LOVED the music both in the bar area and on the lawn - ESPECIALLY ON THE LAWN. Had FUN dancing. REALLY MISSED IT THIS YEAR...oh well, the winery was still beautiful and lovely to visit, but the price of the bottle of wine went WAY UP! Overall, NOT as good this year as last year, so I hope they bring you back. Thanks!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Allen T. Member Since 6/27/2017
Cinq Reves Library Tasting on 7/10/17 2:00 PM

Beautiful winery and grounds. Lots of very good tasting option. We had the library tasting and our host was very knowledgable and professional. We found the entire staff to be very helpful and friendly. Very nice experience. And by the we tasted some fantastic wines!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Philip W. Member Since 5/14/2017
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 7/07/17 11:30 AM

We are wine clubs members and brought 2 friends from NY for a reserve wine tasting. Janell was an excellent host. I've spoken in the past on the phone with Janell and she has always been helpful. My husband was not feeling well and she allowed him to lay down in a private room. She made our visit very nice. We did the cheese and meat plate as well. We are happy to be members.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Deborah P. Member Since 7/3/2013
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 7/05/17 2:30 PM

Tim took care of us in the reserve tasting patio. It could not have been a better day! The service was excellent as always... Deborah Phillips

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 1 Star Rating 1/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Kyle W. Member Since 6/30/2017
Premium Tasting on 7/05/17 1:00 PM

Beautiful Garden, Wine was top notch, Service was High class and knowledgeable

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Amy L. Member Since 6/7/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 7/03/17 3:00 PM

Delicious wine and cheese pairing!!

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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Ed K. Member Since 7/2/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 7/02/17 11:00 AM

Experience was just ok. Expected to have our upgraded tasting with food pairings on the outside patio. But it was closed for a wedding, supposedly. We sat at a small room inside for about 20 minutes tasting wine with some cheese pairing -- all whil e watching some workmen assemble a small dance floor 20 yards away. Why we could not be on the patio was beyond us. We tasted and left. Thanks a lot.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ricardo R. Member Since 6/30/2017
Cinq Reves Library Tasting on 7/01/17 11:00 AM

Beautiful winery and great wines

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Paula D. Member Since 3/10/2017
Reserve Tasting on 6/24/17 2:00 PM

We had a great time. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. She made the whole experience fun!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Mary-Charlotte M. Member Since 6/20/2017
Premium Tasting on 6/20/17 1:00 PM

Jeff was incredible! He was incredibly personable and it was evident how passionate he is about wine and the industry. As my first ever wine tasting, this experience definitely exceeded my expectations. Beautiful landscaping and views of the vineyards also helped make this visit perfect.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Robert M. Member Since 6/14/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 6/15/17 12:00 PM

Beautiful day, great people. Very enjoyable.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Ronald S. Member Since 2/1/2016
Wine Club Reserve Tasting on 6/15/17 3:30 PM

Prepared, prompt, and pleasant - excellent presentation of their wines.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Jim S. Member Since 6/16/2017
Reserve Tasting on 6/16/17 2:00 PM

We arrived early and they did a great job of fitting us in. Very informative and educational.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Sheri B. Member Since 5/6/2017
Premium Tasting on 5/20/17 3:00 PM

We loved every minute we spent at Chateau St. Jean and didn't want to leave. Our host, Judy, was amazing and made our visit the best. The grounds were spectacular as well.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Kristie H. Member Since 6/12/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 6/15/17 11:00 AM

It was a wonderful experience. We were greeted immediately and shown to the patio for our tasting. Judy was so helpful and well informed. The wine was amazing and the cheese complimented the wine so well. Finally, the view was absolutely stunning. I can't wait to come visit again.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Gordon H. Member Since 5/27/2017
Reserve Tasting on 6/13/17 10:30 AM

Beautiful grounds, welcoming, atmosphere

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Karin D. Member Since 5/12/2017
Chateau Wine & Cheese Pairing on 6/12/17 10:00 AM

Rhonda was a very knowledgeable winery host, gracious and pleasant. Enjoyed the selection of wine and cheese. She went beyond the original pairings and added other wine selections that she heard us describe. Could not have been a better hour spent at this pairing event!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Tamara S. Member Since 10/24/2016
Premium Tasting on 6/11/17 12:00 PM

Had a wonderful time at a beautiful property drinking lovely wines!

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Chateau St. Jean
8555 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, CA 95452
Today 8/18 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8/19 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 8/20 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday 8/21 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8/22 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Thursday 8/24 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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