We defined the Chateau Montelena style in 1972 - fruit, first and foremost, balanced by an underlying structure of natural acidity for an elegant and balanced wine that provides both drinkability and age ability.
Winemaking at Chateau Montelena is regarded as a continuous process that begins in the vineyard, which is why we use the term "winegrowing". Exceptional wine can only be made with exceptional grapes.
We start by planting the right grape in the right place, then capture and carefully nurture the natural flavors and structure without treading on the inherent qualities of the fruit. The winemaker, faced with a myriad of options and several hundred decisions to make, is guided at each step in the process by Chateau Montelena's philosophy to make the best. Each wine brings the finest characteristics of both the vineyard and the vintage to your table.
Four decades of experience with the same varietals and vineyards have earned Chateau Montelena recognition as a world-class winery.
A must for wine lovers seeking excellence, the setting is one of the most peaceful in the Napa Valley - a stone castle carved into a hillside overlooking a Chinese garden and lake and vineyards reaching out to the base of Mt. St. Helena.
Step into our celebrated Tasting Room, located on the top floor of the Chateau, to sample and purchase our wines. You will enjoy the insights and knowledge that each member of our Hospitality team brings to the experience. The Current Tasting includes our current release wines and may also include a library or a special winery-only wine. Tasting fee credited with purchase of $100 or more.
$25 per person
Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Reservations Not Required
*Wine selections may vary depending on availability. Please call ahead to inquire about specific wines.
Other Tastings by Reservation:
Limited Release Tasting Experience
Beyond Paris and Hollywood: Untold Stories and Chateau Montelena ChardonnayVineyard Tour
CellarMaster Wine Club
Access to Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Futures is reserved exclusively for members of our CellarMaster wine club, including Futures, Choice, and Select members.
CellarMaster wine club membership gives you privileged access to all that Chateau Montelena has to offer: limited and often hard to come by wines, including exclusive availability of Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Futures, unique benefits including access to our picnic grounds (by reservation) and entrance into the Montelena Family and our network of relationships with culinary stars and top-notch resorts and hotels.
With four levels to choose from, CellarMaster offers the choice and flexibility so you can find where you fit best. Visit our website for more information.