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About Sterling Vineyards

Perched on a hilltop, above the town of Calistoga, Sterling Vineyards offers the best views of Napa Valley. There's more than just beautiful views to get excited about: the new Platinum Experience has made Sterling a must stop culinary destination.

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Perched on a hilltop, 300 feet above the town of Calistoga, Sterling Vineyards offers panoramic views of Napa Valley. An aerial tram 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. Walkways, balconies, and digital screens allow guests to take a self-guided tour of Sterling Vineyards’ winemaking facilities, while enjoying unparalleled views on the South View Terrace.

*WALK-INS ARE WELCOME*

Please note:

The winery will be closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day and close early at 3pm on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve.

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

The aerial tram ride may be closed for safety reasons in the event of dangerous winds, storms, or temperatures over 100 degrees. If this occurs, we will transport guests via our private luxury shuttle and provide a modified tour and tasting.

features Notable Features
  • Architectural Appeal
  • Art on Display
  • Corporate Events
  • Food Service
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
tours and tastings Experiences
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • General Tasting
  • Large Groups (8 - 20)
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Special Event
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 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Caroline d. Member Since 6/11/2018
Silver Experience on 6/14/18 12:00 PM

This winery is worth visiting for the experience of the tram ride and beautiful views. The tickets were a bit pricey, but we were on vacation and willing to splurge.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Kyle T. Member Since 5/7/2018
Platinum Experience on 6/08/18 12:00 PM

The highlight was the aerial ride to the wine tasting.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Molly M. Member Since 6/15/2018
Platinum Experience on 6/15/18 3:30 PM

Wonderful time on the tram and at the tasting. Pairings were phenomenal, especially the lamb meatball. Loved learning about the winery and the vintages. We unfortunately did not have time to view the vineyards themselves, but will definitely make an effort to do so in the future. Criticism: W\e were not advised what the first pour of wine was when we got off the tram before heading to the Platinum

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lisa C. Member Since 6/11/2018
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 6/14/18 3:45 PM

This was the most expensive tour that we did and I felt that the people working were veery cold and could have cared less that we were there. The tour was very impersonal. I would not recommend based on my experience.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Nancy S. Member Since 5/28/2018
Silver Experience on 6/13/18 1:00 PM

In our group, there were three of us from Chicago, and one from Oregon. We took the tram ride. toured the grounds and ended up sitting at a table and served more good wine by Lois. We loved the whole experience!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Henry N. Member Since 6/10/2018
Silver Experience on 6/12/18 10:00 AM

We booked the Silver Tour at 10am. We were so impressed with everything. Sterling is a well-oiled machine - in a very good way. All staff are friendly and knowledgeable. It was a great choice for us!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alexia P. Member Since 6/8/2018
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 6/08/18 2:45 PM

I was disappointed with the wine stations. Some of the somoliers were not well versed and one of them didn’t tell us anything. The wine was fine and cheese board delicious. Liked the rooftop seating.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 2/5
Doug B. Member Since 6/5/2018
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 6/10/18 11:15 AM

I expected the aerial tram ride to be a bit longer, but it was quiet and nice. The extra $10 upgrade for the Diamond experience got us 3 extra wine tastings - if not for that we would have had only 4, which in my opinion is a too few for the base $35 price. I did like (very much) the progressive nature of the tasting - going from station to station to get the next wine in a different area.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 3/5
Aleli N. Member Since 6/4/2018
General Admission 21 + on 6/10/18 11:30 AM

I brought my friend from Vancouver to this place ( it was also my first time though I live in Woodland). My friend and I enjoyed the place and staff were so courteous and helful

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Shari M. Member Since 5/13/2018
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 6/08/18 3:15 PM

Tram ride up was great but it was broken so not available for the ride down. Disappointing. Wine tasted great. Tour itself was confusing. We weren't aware it was self guided until the third tasting. Staff was friendly but not very knowledgeable and didn't contribute much to the experience. Beautiful location but overall somewhat disappointing.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Laura Y. Member Since 6/8/2018
General Admission 21 + on 6/08/18 2:00 PM

One of my favorite and most scenic vineyards in Calistoga and it's always a go-to whenever it's someone's first time at the winery. There's about 4 tastings and the first and last ones (both whites) were my favorites.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kristin H. Member Since 6/1/2018
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 6/06/18 2:45 PM

The tour was confusing as to where to taste and what we were tasting, the staff was not very attentive. We had the Diamond Mountain Ranch experience. We went over to the Silver experience before we left and had a completely better experience. Because of that we joined the wine club and purchased some very nice wines.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 4/5
Leia B. Member Since 6/2/2018
General Admission 21 + on 6/07/18 3:30 PM

The views were beautiful, but the service was far inferior to other wineries. Except for one bartender, we got no information about the wines we were sampling and the bartenders were disinterested in their jobs. The wines were subpar in terms of quality.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
James H. Member Since 6/6/2018
General Admission 21 + on 6/06/18 12:30 PM

I’ve visited many times over the years, I still enjoy the Winery. Very unique experience, not rushed or too busy midweek.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Cami N. Member Since 5/4/2018
Silver Experience on 6/05/18 2:30 PM

Worst wine tasting we attended our entire stay. Not worth the money or our time.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Anthony V. Member Since 5/28/2018
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 6/04/18 10:45 AM

We enjoyed our tour. The 2nd stop on our tour the wine tester was rushing us. But everything else was fine.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Hector S. Member Since 6/3/2018
General Admission 21 + on 6/03/18 4:00 PM

Amazing views, great people and awesome atmosphere

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Renee F. Member Since 5/24/2018
Silver Experience on 6/03/18 3:00 PM

It was a hot day so the gondola was hot. Greeted with a refreshing Sav Blanc....yummy. from there sent to the tasting room where it was modest and clean. Enjoyed conversation and atmosphere.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Meredith H. Member Since 6/2/2018
General Admission 21 + on 6/03/18 10:00 AM

Great views of the valley. Love the gondola. Definitely would go back.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
George H. Member Since 5/24/2018
Silver Experience on 6/02/18 11:00 AM

Beautiful building, beautiful grounds great wine. Enough said?

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kathy C. Member Since 5/8/2018
Silver Experience on 6/02/18 2:30 PM

beautiful grounds, the gondola ride was fun...stunning view from atop. We did Silver experience, including tasting. Our somelier, Maurice, was very knowledgeable and entertaining as well.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Keith C. Member Since 5/28/2018
Silver Experience on 5/31/18 3:30 PM

Have been a Sterling Member for many years. Loved our visit and look forward to coming back again. Thanks for a great experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Tenille B. Member Since 1/31/2018
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 5/30/18 3:15 PM

Sterling is a beautiful property! The tram ride to the top gave an unforgettable view, with multiple tastings along the way.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ashley C. Member Since 5/22/2018
General Admission 21 + on 5/29/18 10:30 AM

Beautiful property & tram was a nice touch. 7 years ago, was my favorite winery so I brought my husband back and was actually very disappointed. Our experience was very impersonal & basically felt like we were on a factory tour. The people pouring our wine/operating the tram were very friendly, but there was little interaction & it seemed they read from a script & knew little to nothing about wine

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Angela S. Member Since 5/17/2018
General Admission 21 + on 5/20/18 11:00 AM

Relaxing to have a self-guided tour, I can look around by myself without any pressure and I really love the amazing aerial tram! The view from the cart is super lovely!!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 5/5
Bob K. Member Since 5/29/2018
General Admission 21 + on 5/29/18 4:00 PM

We felt it was way overpriced. Wine was good, but pretty minimal servings. Hospitality was friendly. We were in line to purchase something from the store and another employee came in and got served first because it was close to closing time....

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 2/5
Joseph L. Member Since 5/13/2018
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 5/27/18 10:45 AM

The tram ride and the view from the veranda were excellent. The wine was good but there was no interaction or sharing of detailed information from the staff regarding the wine or the facility. I felt like we were pushed through and disengaged from the staff and quickly moved from room to room.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 3/5
Dhanya M. Member Since 5/27/2018
General Admission 21 + on 5/28/18 3:00 PM

The customer service was pathetic! It was our first time at Sterling and definitely the las! The people working at Sterling need to be TRAINED in service. Out of the 6 people we interacted with, just 2 people was welcoming and nice. The others did not even greet us nor had a smile on their face even. How can anyone work in the service industry with their face declaring they hate it?!! Horrible!

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 2/5
Robert B. Member Since 4/5/2018
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 5/28/18 12:15 PM

Absolutely no interaction, so so wines and rough patio....nothing but a view and a cable car ride

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 3/5
Ronald M. Member Since 5/27/2018
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 5/27/18 11:45 AM

The gondola ride afforded spectacular views. Sipping wine on the patios was relaxing. The option of food choices was nice as well.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Amanda F. Member Since 5/27/2018
General Admission 21 + on 5/27/18 4:00 PM

Loved the aerial tram and the wine was amazing. It was cool to see the inner workings of a winery through a self-guided tour. Loved that they offered us a stroller for our little one at the first stop since they advertise as family friendly. Also loved the progressive tasting done as you walk through the winery. Was disappointed it was only 4 tastes. Overall, amazing.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Keith W. Member Since 4/12/2018
Silver Experience on 5/27/18 10:00 AM

It is a beautiful place. The views were amazing. We had the Silver Experience and the directions and instruction were lacking.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Chelsea B. Member Since 5/19/2018
General Admission 21 + on 5/27/18 2:30 PM

Beautiful vineyard, loved the gondola and trolley - however I do wish the line for the gondola to go up was shorter. The wines were great and it was a unique experience unlike the other vineyards in the area.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ally C. Member Since 6/16/2017
General Admission 21 + on 5/27/18 3:00 PM

This place was a zoo! Not relaxing at all! Children running around not being supervised. Parking was a nightmare. There was a long line for the tram ride or gandala ride up to the top. There was a DJ playing loud EDM type music at the entrance. The wine pours were pretty small compared to other wineries and for how much we are paying. Great view outside, but not worth the headache to get there.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Gabriel E. Member Since 5/27/2018
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 5/27/18 3:15 PM

felt like a number, huge commercialized operation with no soul what-so-ever. I wish I hadn't come in the first place. The people were rude, the amount spent vs the value received was ridiculous and the prices were outrageous.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 3/5
Jennilynn H. Member Since 4/3/2018
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 5/27/18 3:15 PM

After paying for the top experience, we were pretty disappointed with a lot other than the wine. Parking was a struggle as there were literally NO spaces, the wait for the tram was long (which was fine), signage upon arrival was nonexistent, and the only info for any wine served was the year (essentially it was like a bar stop). Had high hopes and was overall disappointing.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Michelle S. Member Since 4/4/2014
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 5/26/18 3:15 PM

We rode the trolley up to the winery and then rode the gondola back down, great option if you are short on time, and don't want to standing in the line. Loved being able to hang out at each levels of the winery. The views at the top are breath taking.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Jerome H. Member Since 5/26/2018
Silver Experience on 5/26/18 1:30 PM

Been here a couple times. In fact genuinely speaking this place was my favorite winery in Napa. However this past Saturday with that GOD AWFUL DJ and the sheer unorganized randomness and snark of the people pouring was beyond the pale. I’ll still drink the wine; but the next time I will not bring my fiancé who I got to go only after years of talking this place up, only to feel like an idiot after.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 4/5
Josh R. Member Since 11/21/2015
Diamond Mountain Ranch Terrace Experience on 5/26/18 1:15 PM

This was one of the worst winery experiences I have had in over 20 years.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 2/5
Denise C. Member Since 4/18/2018
Silver Experience on 5/24/18 11:00 AM

We had the silver experience and it was wonderful. Everyone was very nice and helpful. I would have liked more info as to what the tour would be like, but after I asked a lot of questions, we had a wonderful time. Loved the top deck for hanging out afterwards, but would have liked more wine choices for purchase. I could have hung out there all day.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5

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1111 Dunaweal Lane
Calistoga, CA 94515
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