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About Sterling Vineyards

Stunning Views, Brilliant Wines, Experience Sterling.

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Perched 300 feet above the town of Calistoga, Sterling Vineyards offers panoramic views of Napa Valley. An aerial gondola carries visitors up the hill to the winery, whose architecture was modeled after that of the Greek island of Mykonos, where Sterling founder Peter Newton once lived. The brilliant white stucco stands out dramatically against the rugged Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges that flank each side of Napa Valley. The winery’s towers house eight bells from London’s Church of St. Dunstans-in-the-East, originally founded in the 10th century. The church was , destroyed by fire in 1666, rebuilt, then destroyed again during the bombing of WWII. Visitors can see works by Renoir, Chagall, Picasso and photographs by Ansel Adams. Walkways, balconies, and motion-sensitive DVD screens allow guests to take a self-guided tour of Sterling Vineyards’ winemaking facilities. Outdoor terraces and tasting rooms provide the perfect environment to enjoy a single-vineyard Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the famous “Three Palms Vineyard” and Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the “Bear Flats Vineyard.” Harry Hansen is the veteran Wine Maker. *RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED- WALK-INS ARE WELCOME*

Please note- Tickets for kids age 3-20 are $15 and currently need to be purchased at the lower wine shop when you check in.

features Notable Features
  • Architectural Appeal
  • Art on Display
  • Corporate Events
  • Food Service
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
tours and tastings Tours & Tastings
  • Large Groups (6-12)
  • Large Groups (12-20)
  • Patio Tasting
  • Public Tasting Room
  • Wine Club
  • Wine Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Petite Sirah
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Noir
  • Riesling
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Shiraz
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel
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 4 Star Ambiance Rating 4/5
Michaela M. Member Since 3/9/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/24/17 3:30 PM

The views were stunning, but the wine and self-guided tour missed the mark.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Pawankumar V. Member Since 2/8/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/23/17 1:00 PM

Amazing

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
Lee H. Member Since 3/19/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/19/17 4:00 PM

This place is breathtaking! With the gondola ride to the top and the amazing views of the valley, this winery is a must to visit!!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Patrick G. Member Since 3/16/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/17/17 10:30 AM

Great view of the valley and much different experience on the gondola then any other winery/vineyard I have been to.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Mary Sue B. Member Since 3/10/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/19/17 11:00 AM

It was so perfect!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Cheryl B. Member Since 2/27/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/19/17 11:30 AM

My husband and I had a very positive experience at Sterling Vineyards. We purchased the Silver Package (Tram Ride, Tasting with Cheese, then the self guided tour tasting.) I highly recommend the Silver Tasting. The new tasting room is modern/inviting and the views of the valley from the patio are breathtaking. Our server was Kenny G, who was knowledgeable, personable & funny.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Vivian Y. Member Since 3/17/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/18/17 1:30 PM

It was an ok experience. They were renovating or under construction, so there weren't a lot of things to tour or see.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Shannon Y. Member Since 3/19/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/19/17 12:00 PM

Beautiful.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Edel M. Member Since 3/3/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/18/17 10:00 AM

Breathtaking views. Visiting Sterling is a exploration. I loved the scenery and cable car experience. Each wine tasting station came with a new wine, friendly face and engaging story. The terrace at the top was beautiful, I wanted to stay all day. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Narun K. Member Since 3/16/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/18/17 1:30 PM

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Sterling is very well kept, the tram ride was amazing, the staff was very friendly and inviting and the wines were very tasty. Being that it was our first time at Sterling, I was greatly disappointed that much of it's site was "under construction." It was like touring an empty warehouse. I felt cheated from a full wine tasting experience.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Mathiew P. Member Since 3/4/2017
Winter Silver Experience on 3/14/17 3:00 PM

Way over-priced for tram and tasting. Wine is not that great and 2x what you pay at your local store. It is good grounds, ambience, and riding the tram, but touristy. Do not recommend if you want good wine and friendly atmosphere.

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
Amanda S. Member Since 2/18/2017
Winter Silver Experience on 3/16/17 1:30 PM

A must see place. The views were awesome and the gondola ride up was cool. Have to have the cheese plate with the wines too

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
Kelly R. Member Since 2/12/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/12/17 2:30 PM

I loved the private tasting (Silver Experience) - all were extremely lovely and welcoming. They thoroughly (& passionately) explained our set up and answered any questions we might have. An overall excellent experience. The rest of the tour was awesome as well; all workers/servers were extremely nice!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Elizabeth F. Member Since 3/12/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/12/17 3:00 PM

Disappointing. I would not recommend this vineyard to friends. It is too touristy and not relaxing. The view is nothing special. There are many other wineries to see that are much better - more relaxing and a prettier setting. This winery is out to get as many people through as possible and not out for the experience. Don't go!

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Will S. Member Since 3/14/2017
Winter Silver Experience on 3/14/17 10:30 AM

Maurice was great. He made us feel right at home and very comfortable with our visit

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Marie T. Member Since 3/12/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/12/17 3:30 PM

Beautiful venue. Friendly and supportive staff. Met some lovely guests. Just returned from Mykonnos so the similarity was evident. Moving from one area to the next for wine sampling was a little confusing however no pressure as the tour was self guided. Gondola ride was really nice, brief so you have to take it all in rather quickly (00:02:15, if I recall, it was stated on placards). Good location

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
joy m. Member Since 2/28/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/12/17 11:30 AM

Seemed a little impersonal at the beginning. Better once you hit up top. Would recommend a better informational greeting by a host instead of a generic counter greeting only.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Meredith C. Member Since 3/5/2017
Winter Silver Experience on 3/06/17 11:00 AM

Very chic vineyard experience - breath-taking views, friendly staff, and good wines.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Cathy M. Member Since 3/10/2017
General Admission 21 + on 3/11/17 1:00 PM

Unfortunately not positive, long line, unruly people attending.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 1 Star Rating 1/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
Danitza P. Member Since 2/21/2017
Winter Silver Experience on 3/09/17 10:30 AM

Amazing experience. A must see winery. The view, the wine, the air tram...incredible. One of my favorites!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Lauren I. Member Since 2/27/2017
Winter Silver Experience on 3/09/17 2:30 PM

This was not at all a tour. It was a bunch of people walking around aimlessly reading a TV every three turns. The TV was hard to hear since the construction was going on - the contatruction that was not identified online when you purchase/reserve your tour. We went to 14 tours during our stay at the Solage in Calistoga and this was by far the worst.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Vianne P. Member Since 1/29/2017
Winter Silver Experience on 3/06/17 11:30 AM

We headed to Sterling on a cloudy/rainy day not knowing what to expect. By the time we got there the weather was breaking and we had beautiful sunshine. The trip to the top in the tram was lovely and when we got there we headed off for the self-guided tour. We enjoyed trying the wines on the tour and when we ended up in the tasting area we purchased two cheese plates to have with our wine.

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
Julio L. Member Since 3/3/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/05/17 12:00 PM

The scenery is beautiful, the wine is delicious, makes for an amazing time while visiting.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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joyce m. Member Since 6/22/2016
Silver Plus Experience on 3/05/17 1:00 PM

Charlie was a really good host. She's very informative and helpful. Would definitely visit again with friends and family.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Mark H. Member Since 2/9/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 3/02/17 1:00 PM

Nice to see the valley from the ride to the top. The wine and cheese pairing event was excellent.

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
Diane D. Member Since 2/15/2017
Winter Silver Experience on 2/23/17 12:30 PM

If it were not for Charlie who was a superior wine educator and a friendly ambassador for your winery we would have left without finishing our tasting because we were treated rudely by ALL staff prior to her intercession. The tram ride was fun; the views were great; and, the art was impressive. BUT, the wines truly disappointed. And that is the consensus of all 4 of us in our group.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Justin W. Member Since 2/17/2017
General Admission 21 + on 2/17/17 12:00 PM

You don't learn much on the tour because the information is not listed. Basically, you walk from hallway to hallway and get a bit of wine. A waste of money. The question on who you would recommend is dumb. Should not be mandatory.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
Kimberly B. Member Since 2/13/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 2/25/17 1:00 PM

Great place to visit if you're looking to sit outside on a nice day and just take in the view. The wines were not the best we had on our trip, and the overall tour/experience was average, but the location is beautiful, the tram/gondola was fun, and the view was fantastic. We upgraded to the silver experience and the indoor tasting room is beautiful as well.

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
Gita N. Member Since 1/19/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 2/19/17 10:30 AM

Simply put, an exceptional 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
Michele M. Member Since 1/17/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 2/19/17 11:30 AM

The service, atmosphere and wine selections were wonderful. My only complaint is we upgraded to a silver package where we had wine and cheese selections with a sit down service. I thought the portions would be much larger. We were given the tiniest slivers of cheese to go with our wine tasting. If I had known the portions would be so small I am not sure I would've upgraded to this type of tasting.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Isaac B. Member Since 10/6/2016
Silver Plus Experience on 2/19/17 3:00 PM

The Sterling experience was amazing. The winery is beautiful. Although it was raining we had a great time.

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
R. B. Member Since 1/23/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 2/16/17 1:30 PM

VERY INVITING AND FRIENDLY EMPLOYEES. LOVED THE COMPLIMENTARY WINE GLASSES, THE ONLY WINE TASTING THAT OFFERED A GIFT.

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
Anupam H. Member Since 2/18/2017
General Admission 21 + on 2/18/17 1:00 PM

Beautiful and captivating scenery. Great hospitality.

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
Nikki N. Member Since 2/14/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 2/17/17 4:00 PM

The gondola ride itself was worth the whole experience! We did pick the last reservation of the day and while it was cool to be almost the only people left, you also felt bad for holding up the staff so we really rushed through the tastings. Everyone was very hospitable and didn't rush us, but you still felt like you didn't want to keep them late! Beautiful place.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Robbynn S. Member Since 1/28/2017
Winter Silver Experience on 2/13/17 3:00 PM

Enjoyable.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Neil K. Member Since 2/11/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 2/12/17 3:00 PM

Everyone takes the Gondola: it's short ride and most of your view is cut off by trees. The extra money we paid for the full experience meant we got a seat on the balcony, three more wines to taste, and a little bit of cheese. The staff are required to pour a shot, they literally have shot pourer that stops and makes all their pours exactly the same. Not worth a second visit, not worth $39.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Karyn E. Member Since 2/8/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 2/12/17 10:30 AM

Impress throughout the experience by the level of service provided Beautiful weather so the tram ride was great. Reserving the premium tasting made all the difference. The standard tasting fell flat There was some confusion on which way to go, The level of service felt significantly different than the rest of the experience.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Alexandra S. Member Since 11/7/2016
Silver Experience 21+ on 2/11/17 1:30 PM

Amazing experience! From the patio seating tasting to the views and self guided tour, this exceeded my expectations! It was my favorite vineyard by far and will definitely be coming back.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Saghi A. Member Since 1/28/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 2/04/17 3:00 PM

Prior to getting to our tallness everything was beautiful . The server was not friendly didn't go out of her way to explain anything . It was like she didn't know anything and wanted us out as soon As possible .

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
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Jerry C. Member Since 1/16/2017
Silver Experience 21+ on 2/03/17 1:00 PM

Really enjoyed the Silver Experience, starting in the indoor tasting room was great since we were there on a very rainy day.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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Sterling Vineyards
1111 Dunaweal Lane
Calistoga, CA 94515
Today 3/29 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 3/30 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 3/31 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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