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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
Bob P. Member Since 5/18/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/19/17 2:00 PM

From the moment we got on the tram to the time we left, we were greeted by friendly and hospitable workers - especially Kenny G!

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
Nancy M. Member Since 5/6/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/17/17 10:30 AM

Loved the format of the tour. Wine was delicious! Loved the gondola ride. Interesting operation to view.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Andy F. Member Since 8/5/2016
General Admission 21 + on 5/22/17 12:30 PM

Overall nice experience. Definitely a unique winery in Sonoma County where your options are quite unlimited. We upgraded to the Silver experience when we checked in at will-call which offered us a commemorative glass, seated tasting experience along with a selection of charcuterie & cheese. Not impressed with the servers and their scripts.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Melissa L. Member Since 5/19/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/21/17 11:00 AM

The staff was so friendly and accomodating. They were truly shining stars in the whole experience. We had a couple of older people with us who needed the elevator so we missed the first part of the experience as it was a little confusing which way to go when we got off the tram since we headed straight for the elevator. None of us had been to Sterling before. We found the 1st tasting eventually!

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
Kendra W. Member Since 5/8/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/11/17 10:30 AM

Beautiful location, the air tram ride up and down was wonderful with incredible views, the hospitality was impeccable and warm, the wines were absolutely delicious, and every element of our time there was delightful. Highly recommend the Silver experience in order to have a chance to taste their amazing Reserve wines. I would recommend this to anyone visiting the area.

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
Krista C. Member Since 5/18/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/21/17 4:00 PM

First off, the nicest people in this whole experience were the guys running the gondola. I am infuriated with my experience at Sterling. We barely tried any of the wines before being hounded to buy the cellar pass. I paid extra for the silver package, our tasting was barely 15 min and most of it was just the guy trying to sell us the pass. We were rushed and barely had 5 min at the top.

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
May Ann H. Member Since 5/19/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/20/17 3:00 PM

I took my family visiting from out of the country to Sterling and I booked the Silver experience for 4 people. Wine was excellent, the cheese pairing was great.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Lauren C. Member Since 4/16/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/19/17 10:30 AM

Great views and the tram ride was a wonderful start to our trip. They currently have a few things under construction so we missed part of the educational components I was hoping to show my friends but they'll be one with it soon and it will be great!

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
Lani B. Member Since 4/7/2014
General Admission 21 + on 5/20/17 10:00 AM

Was very disappointed in the whole experience. Lovely setting people on the trimmer wonderful. But from start to finish all the people in the general winetasting hardly talk to you. Never got someone to service out on the balcony area. I don't think I would ever go there ever again. And I am a local Napa person.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
Jeanne D. Member Since 1/26/2017
General Admission 21 + on 5/20/17 2:30 PM

The "check-in" process is a hassle, only two windows, one for ticket sales, the other for reservations, which backs up easily as the employees are trying to have you upgrade your choice of tour. The line to get up on the Gondola gets long and once you arrive, it's a mad dash to get a glass to have a pour. The views are amazing and the patio is lovely, but be ware children are allowed here....

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Cindy M. Member Since 4/21/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/19/17 11:00 AM

Arrived at 11 Am on a Thursday. Perfect time as not yet crowded. The weather was so beautiful. Staff was so friendly. Every single employee no matter what their position were nice. The wine is the best. I always say you can never go wrong with Sterling wines. Loved the tasting.

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
Rishi A. Member Since 5/15/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/17/17 11:00 AM

An absolute delight to visit the winery. Have been to many all over the world but this experience I got here was very different and un expected. Loved it cheers!

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
Amy H. Member Since 5/7/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/18/17 12:30 PM

I love Sterling and been there before but I feel the ball was dropped with the tasting experience. I was asked about joining the Wine Club and told rep I was already one. She was surprised and said she wished she would have known, she would have done things differently. I said no one asked and I am new to being a member so I guess should have told someone when we started.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Fran W. Member Since 4/13/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/17/17 10:30 AM

Celebrated my nieces bachelorette party at Sterling. It was absolutely beautiful and the wines were outstanding! The service was top-notch. The views of the surrounding mountains were amazing. There was plenty of room and you could take your time touring the property.

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
Benny K. Member Since 4/9/2017
General Admission 21 + on 5/14/17 1:30 PM

Our visit to Sterling this time was nice. We were excited to see they have upgraded their wine glasses and love that we are still able to keep them as souvenirs. Every one is usually pretty friendly which we appreciate. The cost up is getting a little pricier but whenever we have friends/family in town, it's still worth a visit.

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
Christian B. Member Since 5/10/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/15/17 1:30 PM

The gentlemen at the deck pouring wine was pushy about joining the wine club. The hostess at the first stop was very very nice. The wine tasting portions were very stingy for the amount we paid. I guess wine tasting is not what it used to be. We will start going to the smaller wineries that actually give wine.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Mike K. Member Since 5/3/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/12/17 3:30 PM

The facility had various stages of construction. The self guided tour was very sterile. The gondola ride was awesome and the views are breathtaking. Sterling pushes a gift shop at you 4 times during the tour. Compared to other tours with a guide who interacts and takes the time to explain and answer questions, this was our least favorite tasting experience.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 2 Star Rating 2/5
Morgan A. Member Since 5/7/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/12/17 12:30 PM

It was really easy to drive to and once we got there, parking was easy as well. We then took a really beautiful gondola ride up to the winery/tasting room. It was super sunny and beautiful there, and the wine was to die for. We did the silver experience and we got to taste a lot of 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
Andrew S. Member Since 4/30/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/14/17 2:00 PM

The Vineyards were beautiful and the views are the best in Napa. Long waits for the gondola were bit discouraging and the rent-a-cop screaming at people in the parking lot didn't aid with the relaxation I was seeking.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 1 Star Rating 1/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Jacqueline L. Member Since 3/29/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/14/17 11:30 AM

Gondola ride was great and the tasting options and self guided tours were very worth 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
Cheryl C. Member Since 5/2/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/12/17 2:00 PM

Loved everything about this vineyard. Wines were 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
James H. Member Since 4/17/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/13/17 10:00 AM

Wonderful winery and experience with the tram ride to the tasting. I would recommend the Silver Tasting to enjoy some Reserve wines of much better quality. Only one regret. I wish I would have allotted more time there. We had another tour scheduled too close to this one. Do spend 2 hours here since the tour and views are 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
Lizabeth R. Member Since 5/5/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/12/17 3:00 PM

It was great. Beautiful grounds, good wine, awesome views. Would recommend to anyone.

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 G. Member Since 5/2/2017
General Admission 21 + on 5/02/17 3:30 PM

We had a lovely visit and wine tasting at Sterling Vineyards. We took the self-guided tour which included 4 tastings. The people doing the tastings were very nice and informative, and the wine was delicious! You take a tram ride up to the winery, and one of the highlights is the view of the valley from the terrace where you take your final 2 tastings. You get your wine glass to take home, 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
Shari W. Member Since 2/27/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/12/17 11:30 AM

We did a lot of wine tasting in the Napa area and Sterling was by far the most informative with the least pressire, and the best 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
Chris G. Member Since 3/28/2017
Platinum Experience on 5/11/17 11:00 AM

We did teh Platinum Experience with Quinn and it was great and a lot of fun. I would recommend this to everyone. The food parings with the wine was a tasting experience much different than other wineries.

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
Yoliani S. Member Since 5/8/2017
General Admission 21 + on 5/08/17 2:30 PM

Had an amazing time at Sterling! The vineyard and its views are breathtaking and the tram ride is so much fun. The wine tastes 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
Madalene B. Member Since 5/10/2017
General Admission 21 + on 5/10/17 10:30 AM

Glorious view, would have loved cable car to go over vines instead. Sadly the cellar was under construction and we didn't see much. Would like more interaction from people pouring the wines, tell us more about sterling and how the wines were made. Views from terrace was superb.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
susie h. Member Since 5/8/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/09/17 12:30 PM

Outstanding! If you are only going to one vineyard in this region Sterling is a great choice. Views, wines, personnel, who aren't pushy, make it so. We did silver experience & felt it was worth it.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5
Stacy B. Member Since 5/7/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/08/17 1:00 PM

Disney gone bad - guided through the winery (where to walk/go) like a ride. Very scripted and overpriced for the value. Rushed through the tasting even though it wasn't busy, Vintner didn't know more than his script, not well-trained on how to pour/what glasses to use. On top if it, we didn't like the wine. The best thing about it was the tram ride and view, but neither were worth $49/pp.

Overall Score 1 Star Rating 1/5
First Impression 2 Star Rating 2/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
Ambiance 1 Star Rating 1/5
Julie P. Member Since 4/23/2017
General Admission 21 + on 5/04/17 2:00 PM

Enjoyed the tour and wine tasting. Appreciated the etched glass as a bonus! Beautiful view from the patio.

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
Caroline P. Member Since 5/10/2015
Platinum Experience on 5/07/17 1:00 PM

Very disappointed with the Platinum experience. The wines had been prepoured and there was no explanation as to what they were. The food pairing of 3 tiny mouthfuls was not what I expected for $75 particularly when there was no explanation as to what they were. The one hour "educational " experience was about 10 minutes - very disappointed

Overall Score 2 Star Rating 2/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
Larry E. Member Since 3/21/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 5/03/17 3:00 PM

Overall it was very nice. However, it was 93 degrees and Hot!! Forcing us outside in the heat to taste some of your wines was not considerate of you. We should have been allowed to stay in the upstairs tasting room to taste all of the wines.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Kristi M. Member Since 4/23/2017
General Admission 21 + on 4/24/17 10:30 AM

The tram view was nice and different. Once you are at the top and on the deck it has nice views. There was a lot of reading and a few videos. Just okay for us.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 3 Star Rating 3/5
Ambiance 3 Star Rating 3/5
Marianne G. Member Since 9/22/2016
Winter Silver Experience on 3/30/17 11:30 AM

Spectacular view, unbelievable experience and wine. Can't wait to visit again.

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
Liz B. Member Since 4/28/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 4/29/17 4:00 PM

Staff was very knowledgeable and a fun environment. Beautiful views and ambience. Excellent wine of course. We will be back. We also joined the wine club! Highly recommend.

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
Miguel A. Member Since 4/24/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 4/29/17 12:00 PM

We are so happy we went to sterling. From the Gondola ride to the staff, the wine, the views!! It's spectacular! If you are planning a visit to Napa you must visit Sterling. I would've regretted not going.

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
Heather C. Member Since 4/27/2017
Platinum Experience on 4/29/17 3:00 PM

The level of hospitality was amazing. We had a wait a few minutes for the room (we arrived earlier than expected) and the staff brought wine to taste and helped our group take pictures. Once in the room, different staff members were gracious, thoughtful, interesting....it was really a remarkable experience. Every one in my group of 8 thanked me for arranging this.

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
Angie G. Member Since 4/24/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 4/29/17 10:00 AM

It was beautiful, relaxing and wonderful. Our wine expert, Charlie, was excellent!

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
Brittany L. Member Since 4/1/2017
Silver Plus Experience on 4/29/17 11:00 AM

Thought it was a little too commercial going in, our server was a little too pushy about the membership. We felt so harassed we obliged just to make her stop pushing us. The views are great and all, other staff was friendly, we enjoyed other wineries more.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 3 Star Rating 3/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
Ambiance 5 Star Rating 5/5

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Sterling Vineyards
1111 Dunaweal Lane
Calistoga, CA 94515
Today 5/25 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 5/26 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday 5/27 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 5/28 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday 5/29 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday 5/30 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday 5/31 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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