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. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Reserve Tasting Experience $75.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 10

    Daily

    Sightsee from our aerial tram, followed by a seated tasting of our most exclusive selections - a range of reserve wines, Platinum and Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon. Flight includes a delectable cheese & charcuterie pairing in our Reserve Room. Once your tasting concludes, enjoy the scenic views from our terraces as you take a self-guided tour of the winery. Approximately 1.5 Hours.

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  • Polished Tour $65.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 8

    Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun

    Following your aerial tram ride, meet your host in the portico and delight in an intimate tour through the winery while learning about our history and winemaking practices. Following the tour, make your way to our main tasting room and delight in a vertical selection of our exclusive Platinum Collection wines. Approximately 1.5 Hours.

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  • Silver Experience $60.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 8

    Daily

    Enjoy the aerial tram, followed by a seated wine tasting experience featuring a selection of limited-release wines in one of our inviting tasting salons. Once your tasting concludes, enjoy the scenic view from our terraces as you take the self-guided tour of the winery. This experience includes all winery-exclusive wines including one white, one winery-only, one single vineyard Cabernet, Platinum Cabernet and an individual cheese & charcuterie board. Approximately 1 Hour.

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  • Signature Winery Tour $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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2019 RoséFest

Sterling Vineyards

Wine Tastings, Special Events

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 12:00 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 $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.

Notable Features

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

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Petite Sirah
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Noir
  • Riesling
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Shiraz
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy Parents
Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Mariana R. Member Since 5/20/2019My Boss
Signature Winery Tour on 5/20/19 1:00 PM

It was way over priced and was not a fan of the wine either. Better wine and bang for your buck at Castillo De Amoroso right across the street.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Sandhya I. Member Since 5/18/2019My Parents
Signature Winery Tour on 5/19/19 12:00 PM

Our first visit to this vineyard in napa valley and in USA as well. What I saw the review and the pictures it was just like it. Wonderful experience

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
joy g. Member Since 3/19/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 5/18/19 10:00 AM

we enjoyed our time at sterling vineyard immensely - the views were incredible. the hospitality was outstanding and the wine fabulous ! i very special experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Rhonda R. Member Since 5/18/2019Evil Stepmother
Signature Winery Tour on 5/18/19 4:30 PM

We were very excited to experience Sterling. We were impressed when we entered the property but were soon unimpressed by the amusement park type of admission windows. We became impressed again when we encountered our private cable car ride, but rode in silence on the way up. Would have been great to have audio telling us about the vineyard. A little education and a bit more personal. Sterile

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 2/5
rafael H. Member Since 3/25/2019My BFF
Silver Experience on 5/18/19 11:00 AM

It was pouring rain which made the epic views even more beautiful!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Stephen A. Member Since 5/9/2019My BFF
Silver Experience on 5/17/19 10:00 AM

From start to finish, Sterling Vineyards was a fabulous experience! Beginning with the beautiful grounds and the friendly hostess at the ticket counter, the team that boarded the tram and the very personable and knowledgeable Kenny G....we loved every minute. The Sterling tasting experience was a tremendous value and we shipped plenty home to keep enjoying! The views made it even more spectacular!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Casey T. Member Since 12/14/2016My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 5/11/19 11:00 AM

My friend had family that had never been wine tasting and took them to Sterling for the Signature Winery Tour. Everyone had a wonderful time walking around and learning about the wine making process. All staff that made contact were gracious and friendly. The only set back was that the gondola was not working on the way back to car but winery had shuttles ready to take everyone back.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Suzette A. Member Since 4/13/2019My BFF
Silver Experience on 5/17/19 4:30 PM

We arrived for our 4:30 tasting on time and felt very rushed. They apparently close at 4:30. It makes no sense. The winery is beautiful but we didn’t even get a tour that was paid for. Why would you schedule an appointment when you close?

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Susan J. Member Since 5/3/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 5/17/19 11:00 AM

Good fun, educational, and the upgrade to Silver was worth it.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Rob P. Member Since 5/17/2019My Ex
Signature Winery Tour on 5/17/19 1:00 PM

Very impersonal. Felt very much more like a commercial execution than a vineyard that produces quality wine. Staff was friendly but the execution of the tour was poor.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Laura O. Member Since 5/7/2019My Ex
Signature Winery Tour on 5/16/19 10:00 AM

Not impressed. Customer service lacking. Felt like we were herded through the “tour”. Given the generic dollar store wine glasses as though they were doing us a favor. Heavy sales pitch by one person who thought they knew everything and put down other wineries. No other wineries did this our entire two days. Last stop of the tastings & decided to card my daughter-the last tasting! Very insulting!

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Maria V. Member Since 5/8/2019My BFF
Silver Experience on 5/16/19 1:30 PM

The air tram was lovely, the service excellent, the wine and the snacks delicious ???? We loved it.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Liz B. Member Since 5/1/2019My Ex
Signature Winery Tour on 5/15/19 12:30 PM

The tram is terrifying, we saw way better views at other places and the wine is actually worse than what you can buy in the store. I did like how they did the tasting as a sip and stroll and by far the most redeeming quality of the winery was the staff!

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 2/5
Jim D. Member Since 4/8/2019My Parents
Reserve Tasting Experience on 5/02/19 10:00 AM

We paid for one of the reserve tastings. Which allowed us to taste some of Sterling's premium wines. The issue was the day we attended they we short staffed. Once arriving at the premium tasting room we stood around for 15 to 20 minutes. It was finally realized we were waiting around with no help and an employee rushed to setup out tasting. The wines and views great, service was mediocre.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Randy D. Member Since 11/17/2018My BFF
Silver Experience on 5/12/19 1:00 PM

The staff made us feel like we were enjoying wonderful wine while relaxing in our Napa chalet! We will be back and make sure all our friends know how wonderful Sterling is to visit and enjoy their wine!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Julius Q. Member Since 5/9/2019My Boss
Signature Winery Tour on 5/12/19 2:00 PM

Definitely we loved this place. Everyone in our group had a great time during our tour. We loved the Gondola ride because we have kids. We loved the ride and the view up there. So altogether we are very pleased of the hospitality of the staffs, we even learned how to smell/sniff the wine properly. We’ve been drinking wine and we never knew about this. Thanks alot

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Kristin L. Member Since 4/30/2018My Parents
Platinum Experience on 5/12/19 11:00 AM

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience doing the platinum tasting. The food tasted phenomenal and the pairings with the wine were fantastic.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Cordarius E. Member Since 5/2/2019My BFF
Polished Tour on 5/12/19 1:30 PM

Great first time winery experience. Nice views. It wasn't jaw-dropping beautiful like I'd hoped it would be, but it was still beautiful and a great experience. I'd definitely return.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 3/5
Frances B. Member Since 5/12/2019My BFF
Silver Experience on 5/12/19 11:00 AM

Friends recommended we come here as part of our 30th Wedding celebration. The views were fantastic and Ray our tour guide was fabulous. We chose the silver tour and truly believe we would not have had such a great experience just doing the self guided tour. I would recommended a cheese plater per ticket purchased or make them larger.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Holly A. Member Since 5/11/2019My Boss
Signature Winery Tour on 5/11/19 1:30 PM

call to confirm reservations day of or day before. Sometimes they get “lost”

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 3/5
Christina C. Member Since 4/14/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 5/09/19 10:30 AM

It was, no question, one of the highlights of our visit to Napa. Can’t wait to go back. Definitely worth the upgrade to the silver experience!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
John H. Member Since 5/5/2019My Frenemy
Reserve Tasting Experience on 5/09/19 2:00 PM

Paid for the "Reserve" tasting. After the enjoyable tram ride, we were handed a glass of bubbly and directed down a hall. After that, we had to figure out on our own that this was a self-directed tour. When we got to the last station we asked about the reserve wines. Were then told to go to a different area, so we were 20 min. late for our reservation. Not impressed.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 2/5
Jonathan C. Member Since 5/1/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 5/11/19 10:30 AM

Great wines. Great views.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Melinda B. Member Since 5/1/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 5/11/19 10:00 AM

While a bit overpriced, we enjoyed our time

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Nick D. Member Since 5/17/2017My Frenemy
Signature Winery Tour on 5/11/19 2:00 PM

The best part is the views and the tram. The winetaking itself lacked personality and taste

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
John V. Member Since 4/2/2019My Parents
Signature Winery Tour on 5/10/19 12:30 PM

We had reservations and still had to wait in line for tokens for a shuttle to the top, the tram was down. The service was just ok, one person for about 4 couples. It wasn’t the personal touch that we received at many of the other vineyards.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Marisa K. Member Since 5/4/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 5/09/19 4:30 PM

The aerial tram was beautiful and the vineyard was pretty- the wine was not my favorite. The wine server at the top was friendly.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Glen B. Member Since 5/5/2019My Boss
Signature Winery Tour on 5/10/19 4:00 PM

The tram ride was awesome and the different stations, etc. was well done. Loved the views from the outdoor communal area.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Alexandra P. Member Since 5/2/2019My Ex
Silver Experience on 5/03/19 10:00 AM

beautiful grounds

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 2/5
Eva L. Member Since 4/18/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 4/18/19 11:00 AM

The wine was great and the views were amazing.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kay W. Member Since 4/26/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 4/29/19 1:30 PM

Our experience at Sterling was super from the gondola ride to the tasting room to the return gondola ride. We were greeted by Brian who gave us a brief tour of the facility before turning us over to the tastings. We were accompanied by Dorie the entire visit. Because we were in a time allotment she kept track of us and made sure we left on time. She is a wonderful representative of Sterling.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Tatiana D. Member Since 4/29/2019My BFF
Platinum Experience on 5/02/19 2:00 PM

Amazing experience! Loved the location, the service, the ambience and the views are breathtaking

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Khushboo K. Member Since 5/1/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 5/04/19 11:30 AM

Loved the experience and the tour. Especially ending at the rooftop with a gorgeous view

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sarah R. Member Since 9/4/2016My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 5/04/19 2:00 PM

I’m not sure if this is common, but despite having made reservations ahead of time for our party, we had to wait in a long line to check in before we could get on the tram. It took about a half hour out of our time allotted for the winery (we were using a car service that day). If the check-in process were smoother, I would definitely recommend as the property was beautiful, once you got to it!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 5/5
John C. Member Since 4/17/2019My BFF
Silver Experience on 5/04/19 2:00 PM

The line to get in was over 45 minutes long. Sterling needs to have a separate line for Club members to get their ride passes up to the tasting room. This was very frustrating.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 2/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
David A. Member Since 4/23/2019My BFF
Silver Experience on 5/04/19 11:00 AM

Loved the tram, view was incredible. And the vine is not bad either.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 4/5
Ehren W. Member Since 5/3/2019My BFF
Platinum Experience on 5/04/19 2:00 PM

Phenomenal. Favorite experience in the Valley. Wine/food pairing platinum experience was exceptional.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Terry A. Member Since 4/10/2019My BFF
Signature Winery Tour on 5/04/19 10:00 AM

Loved the facility and found everyone very helpful! Will visit this winery again on my next trip to Napa.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 5/5
Chrissy R. Member Since 5/2/2019My Frenemy
Signature Winery Tour on 5/04/19 1:00 PM

Upon arrival, I was disappointed to realize that having a reservation booked in advance gave no benefit. There are separate lines (reservation vs. buy tickets), but each were equally long and slow-moving. Would have been nice to at least cut the gondola line if you have a reservation. We didn't get to the top to start the tasting until ~1:45pm for a 1pm tasting. Staff didn't seem overly friendly.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Joseph T. Member Since 4/28/2019My Parents
Signature Winery Tour on 4/28/19 11:30 AM

Great time!

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

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