Sterling Vineyards

Calistoga, CA

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  • Platinum Experience $85.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 8

    Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun

    The crème de la crème of our offerings at Sterling Vineyards, the Platinum Experience is the perfect addition to your Napa bucket list! Indulge your taste buds in this one hour semi-private wine & food pairing and educational tasting. Enjoy a flight of four small-production reserve wines, perfectly paired with a series of sensational amuse-bouches prepared by our Sterling Vineyards culinary team. Club members, please log-in to CellarPass to take advantage of your special pricing. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Sparkling Experience $55.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 8

    Fri | Sat | Sun

    Kick off your day of wine tasting in style with the new Sterling Sparkling Experience. Enjoy four Sterling sparkling wines paired with delicious amuse-bouches crafted by the Sterling Culinary Team. Club members, please log-in to CellarPass to take advantage of your special pricing. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Silver Experience $55.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 8

    Daily

    Enjoy the aerial tram and self-guided tour followed by a seated wine tasting experience featuring a selection of limited-release wines in one of our inviting tasting salons. This experience includes a winery exclusive white, winery exclusive red, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and reserve red. Club members, please log-in to CellarPass to take advantage of your special pricing. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Signature Experience $35.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 18

    Daily

    Journey via aerial tram ride, enjoy a self-guided tour of the lower portion of the winery & scenic views from our terraces, followed by a tasting of current release wines. All ages are welcome – admission for those aged 3 - 20 is $20 per person, charged upon check in, and must be accompanied by someone 21+. Please note, the aerial tram ride may be closed for environmental safety reasons. If this occurs, we will transport guests via private luxury shuttle and provide a modified tour & tasting. Approximately 1 Hour.

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Upcoming Special Events
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2016 Iridium Release Dinner

Sterling Vineyards

Wine Tastings, Special Events

Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Napa County 

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Sterling Vineyards

Wine Tastings, Special Events

Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Napa County 

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 $20 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.

Notable Features

  • Architectural Appeal
  • Art on Display
  • Corporate Events
  • Food Service
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
Experiences

  • Food & Wine
  • General Tasting
  • Reserve Tasting
  • Special Tasting
Varietals Offered

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Petite Sirah
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Noir
  • Riesling
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Shiraz
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel

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Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy Parents
Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Shasta C. Member Since 9/14/2019My BFF
Silver Experience on 9/15/19 11:30 AM

We had the best time touring this vineyard! We chatted with so many knowledgeable employees, from taste testing all the way to the gift shops and tram operators. Special thanks to Amalia who provided a wonderful wine tasting experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nancy D. Member Since 8/4/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 9/13/19 3:00 PM

The air tram ride up was great but at 98 degrees it was a bit to warm. The self tour was nice and the staff friendly. The wine was light but not one of our favorites.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Norikatsu N. Member Since 9/14/2019My BFF
Signature Experience on 9/15/19 10:00 AM

Good gondola, Good ambiance, good service, Good view.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Brian D. Member Since 9/29/2017Evil Stepmother
Signature Experience on 9/15/19 1:00 PM

This is, unfortunately, the amusement park of wineries in Calistoga & Napa wineries in general. The layout of the touring walkways is both sterile & cold, leading to 4 "strategically placed" caged wine stations with equally sad people pouring tiny sips with all the enthusiasm of a slug. These people seemed genuinely disheartened by their assignments. The experience was truly awful & depressing.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 1/5
Nadi G. Member Since 9/13/2019My BFF
Sparkling Experience on 9/14/19 10:00 AM

Wonderful experience!! Would recommend to wine beginners and experts alike.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
DAVID J. Member Since 6/9/2019My Parents
Silver Experience on 9/13/19 1:30 PM

An excellent overall experience. Arrival/Check-in for our "Silver Experience" was smooth and prompt. There was no delay in boarding the gondola, and we shortly at hilltop being offered a delicious Pinot Gris, with complementary glass. Good, informative self-tour with tastes along the way to a gorgeous. Our seated tasting was very comfortable; our hostess was friendly, attentive and low-pressure.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
George G. Member Since 8/23/2019My Frenemy
Silver Experience on 9/14/19 11:30 AM

This would be a good first timers tour. It is a beautiful facility and location but more of a Disneyland feel than a Winery. There wine tasting in the silver experience was very good and Sterling does have some very good Reserve Wines. I will purchase these wines again, but would not revisit the Winery.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Keith F. Member Since 9/4/2019My BFF
Platinum Experience on 9/13/19 10:00 AM

Sterling is top notch all the way. If you’re doing the Platinum Tour, I suggest you give yourself enough time to enjoy it. The food pairings with the wines were perfect. My complements to the Chef!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Chris O. Member Since 9/12/2019My Parents
Signature Experience on 9/13/19 10:00 AM

The highlights were the tram ride and view from terrace. The explanation of wines was underwhelming. Pourers were there merely to pour wine and and not very engaged in the customers.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 3/5
Diana P. Member Since 8/9/2019My Boss
Signature Experience on 9/08/19 4:00 PM

I would recommend this winery to EVERYONE!!!! This is the second time around and it was as amazing if not better than the first. We wanted to celebrate my son 21 bday there and you guys made his day perfect!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Diana V. Member Since 9/11/2019My BFF
Signature Experience on 9/12/19 10:30 AM

The entrance was breathtakingly beautiful with the grapevines on each side of the drive. The signage led you exactly where you needed to go. The tram ride was amazing. The associates that were at the first two stations seemed to just go through the motions without much eye contact or excitement to share info on each wine. The next two were much more informative and engaging.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ellen H. Member Since 9/1/2019My Boss
Signature Experience on 9/06/19 2:30 PM

Staff were all friendly and attentive. Wine is great. Patio was lovely. Enjoyed the Cheese plate with the sparkling rose, delicious. View is breathtaking. I joined the wine club, what more can I say?

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mackenzie C. Member Since 7/25/2019My Frenemy
Signature Winery Tour on 9/09/19 2:30 PM

The ride up and the view from the overlook area are the only things I really liked. The wine was mediocre and so were the staff. Save your money and pay the extra $10 to go to a better winery.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jennifer L. Member Since 9/7/2019My BFF
Signature Experience on 9/07/19 10:30 AM

The ride up the mountain in the gondola was amazing. It was nice to see the vineyards that way. Once we got to the winery each stop for a tasting the employees were friendly and had a knowledge of information to share with me and my fiance. The rooftop is a beautiful place to capture the end of your tour with a photo and enjoy a nice glass of wine with a wonderful view.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sandy E. Member Since 8/31/2019My BFF
Sparkling Experience on 9/08/19 3:00 PM

I had been to Sterling twice before many many years ago.The gondola ride is what adds to the experience. We appreciated that for the tastings, even though we got the “Sparkling Experience”, we also got to try the wines that are offered on the self guided regular tour. As many have said, it is more of a tourist attraction than a place for true wine connoiseurs. We aren’t, so thoroughly enjoyed it!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Darlene S. Member Since 9/5/2019Evil Stepmother
Signature Experience on 9/08/19 11:00 AM

Low key with minimal “selling “ going on. Great experience!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Kimberley B. Member Since 9/8/2019My BFF
Signature Experience on 9/08/19 2:30 PM

Excellent time!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nathan T. Member Since 9/7/2019My Frenemy
Signature Experience on 9/07/19 4:30 PM

The tram/gondola and the outer/final patio/balcony were very nice. The progressive/unfolding tasting concept as you walk through the facility was neat, but then you get some very good and some very bad wine tasting staff, and the focus is no longer on tasting and more on moving along...

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 3/5
Suzanne H. Member Since 8/15/2019My BFF
Signature Experience on 9/04/19 4:30 PM

Unfortunately, our tasting was cancelled because the gondola wasn’t running but I’m glad they called and left a message to let me know!

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Grant S. Member Since 9/5/2019My BFF
Platinum Experience on 9/07/19 11:00 AM

This was our best experience at a wine and food pairing. Please recognize both Lisa and Jade for their exemplary handing of our guests

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Melissa R. Member Since 8/28/2019My Parents
Silver Experience on 9/07/19 10:30 AM

Recommend booking your tasting for an early time (before noon). Anything in the afternoon is super packed and too crowded to enjoy the self-guided tour (that includes about 4-tastings). Sit-down tastings are worth it and buy the extra food platter before you go to save a few bucks!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Michelle N. Member Since 9/4/2019My BFF
Sparkling Experience on 9/06/19 11:00 AM

Great wine tasting! Loved the view and they did an amazing job allowing our large group that chose different tastings share our experience together. The staff we so gracious and the pairings were perfect. We are all going to replicate some of these!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lynda L. Member Since 9/4/2019My BFF
Signature Experience on 9/04/19 3:00 PM

You are in for a unique experience at Sterling Vineyards. It is the only winery in Napa with a tram ride to the top of a hill where the winery awaits. The winery feels a bit like a monastery with its chiming bells. And the views are spectacular. Enjoy a wine tasting as you make your way through a self guided tour.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 5/5
Greg S. Member Since 9/3/2019Evil Stepmother
Signature Experience on 9/05/19 10:00 AM

Sterling never sent me a confirmation email for my reservation. I tried calling them three times and sent two emails to get information about my reservation. I never heard from them and don't plan to ever visit them if I vacation in Napa again. I am very disappointed in the complete lack of customer service.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Stacie C. Member Since 8/28/2019My BFF
Silver Experience on 9/05/19 4:30 PM

Sterling Vineyards was amazing! The aerial tram was awesome and the views are spectacular. Our group did the Silver Experience and our server allowed us to customize our tastings based on our individual likes. She also gave us some great recommendations. Sterling is a must see.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Shane G. Member Since 9/1/2019My Frenemy
Signature Experience on 9/04/19 2:30 PM

Beautiful scenery. Lift was cool. Structure and view amazing. Very commercial. Mass production. “Ok” quality wines. Some staff not knowledgeable.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Jun D. Member Since 8/31/2019My BFF
Silver Experience on 9/02/19 11:00 AM

Good ride Good View Good Wine and excellent service

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Abbey S. Member Since 8/28/2019My BFF
Signature Experience on 9/01/19 11:30 AM

Beautiful

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Gene L. Member Since 9/2/2019My Parents
Signature Experience on 9/02/19 4:30 PM

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Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Michele W. Member Since 7/3/2019My BFF
Signature Experience on 8/29/19 1:00 PM

The atmosphere is amazing here, and the views from the gondola, and terrace, made it that much more enjoyable, to stand out from other wineries! A must see!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sheryl S. Member Since 6/12/2019My BFF
Silver Experience on 9/01/19 12:30 PM

We really enjoyed the experience. It was the best out of all the other winery experiences we had. The staff was knowledgeable regarding the tastings and friendly as well. The scenery was serene and relaxing.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Scott L. Member Since 4/1/2016My BFF
Sparkling Experience on 9/01/19 1:00 PM

While the wait for the initial gondola ride to our Sparkling Tasting was a bit long, it was to be expected given the holiday weekend. The views during our day were spectacular. The service provided by Maurice was top notch. We had a wonderful day at Sterling and look forward to future visits

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alissa L. Member Since 8/25/2019My Frenemy
Signature Experience on 9/01/19 2:00 PM

Sterling is overly commercial, which distracts from tasting the wines. We almost left even though we had paid for a reservation because it was so crowded. Luckily, we were able to take the shuttle to the top and did think the building was beautiful. The aerial tramway is a distraction.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Jessica L. Member Since 1/30/2018My BFF
Silver Experience on 9/01/19 3:00 PM

Amazing terrace and views

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Reza S. Member Since 2/11/2019My Frenemy
Platinum Experience on 8/24/19 11:00 AM

The experience overall was amazing. I only wish we had got larger portions because the food was delicious.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Brooke F. Member Since 8/20/2019My Ex
Signature Experience on 8/30/19 2:00 PM

The views and ambiance were amazing. Sterling had the potential to be a top stop on our wine tour; however, the wine and most of all the service were highly disappointing. I could drink mediocre wine and still have a great time, but what really killed our experience was the lackluster service. Bartenders knew little about the wine and seemed bored serving us.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 4/5
Brittany G. Member Since 7/26/2019My Parents
Signature Winery Tour on 8/26/19 2:30 PM

The gondola ride was unique, and the views from the rooftop were beautiful, but overall there was no personalization to our visit and hardly interacted with the staff. We were left to wander on our own. Of the four wineries we visited, this was the least personal. We (my husband and I) agreed we preferred the smaller wineries that offered a more personal experience.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
David J. Member Since 8/25/2019My Parents
Signature Experience on 8/25/19 2:30 PM

Went to sterling on sunday afternoon with wife. Great staff, knowledgeable and fun. Delicious wine, very educational videos and exhibits, beautiful greek monastic winery on top of a hill. Perfect!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Erik K. Member Since 8/20/2019My BFF
Platinum Experience on 8/21/19 10:00 AM

The self guided tour was great. Took way longer than expected and we were. A little late for our tasting.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Gary N. Member Since 8/19/2019My Frenemy
Silver Experience on 8/24/19 2:30 PM

Sterling Vineyards was a fantastic place to visit. From the long entry way with tree's lining both sides to the visitor center with multiple disco balls hanging the design and decor were excellent! The gondola ride up to the winery is a very unique and nice experience. The winery itself is quite nice and the tasting room was excellent. The woman who served us was very personable and knowledgeable.

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

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