CHARBAY Winery & Distillery


Charbay is authentic, as charming as the classic tiny wineries you find on the back roads of Europe. Here is a true artisan family run winery-distillery that ferments & distills small releases of wonderful wines, ports, brandies, spirits & more.

The Karakasevic family carries on the heritage of 12 generations. Miles, who was born & trained in Europe, is one of the few Master Distillers in America with a European distilling background. In 1983, Miles & Susan Karakasevic started Charbay to establish a quality & style that most winemakers/distillers only dream of. Marko, their son, is generation 13 to carry on the family heritage.

As distillers, Miles and Marko have been recognized as early pioneers in the modern American artisan distillery movement & as top innovators. In 1998 they launched their flavored vodka series made with whole fresh fruit & started the international flavored vodka craze.

Affectionately known as the 'Still on the Hill,' a visit to Charbay will lead you through the world of winemaking & on into the world of distilling. As you come up the driveway, watch for one of the family's classic copper French Alambic Pot Stills.

Charbay brings alive the charm of winemaking & distilling. Enjoy the fun stories about how this small independent family makes their vast array of wines & ports. You'll be tasting right in the winery beside one of the stills.

Ask any questions you’ve been wondering about wines, ports, spirits & distilling. They also distill whiskey, rums, and more at their sister distillery that is not open to the public. (California law prohibits tasting spirits at Charbay/St. Helena).

Some only know their vodkas. Come discover Charbay wines, ports & more. Taste the unexpected (A Pomegranate port?).


  • Handicap Accessible

  • Picnic Grounds

  • Library Reserve Tastings

  • Art Gallery

4001 Spring Mtn. Road, St. Helena CA 95474