12 Must-Visit Calistoga Wineries

 
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At the northern end of Napa Valley is the quaint town of Calistoga, known for its mineral waters and mud baths as much as for its small town charm. This area of Wine Country is also home to a wide assortment of world-class wineries, where you’ll find impressive tasting rooms offering welcoming ambiances and plenty of complex wines. Whether you have a couple of days or a full week to visit, here are twelve wineries we love in Calistoga.

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Bennett Lane Winery

Bennett Lane is a worthy stop while touring Calistoga, recognized for its friendly staff and portfolio of 50 wines that have scored over 90 points from top critics and publications. Choose from three different tasting options served in their intimate tasting room, located only a few minutes from downtown Calistoga.

Insider Tip

Bennett Lane is home to the only winery-branded hot air balloon, available for bookings in advance through Calistoga Balloons.

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Chateau Montelena Winery

Chateau Montelena has four decades of winemaking history in Napa Valley. It also has a storied past that helped put California wines on the map after its chardonnay won in the famed 1976 Judgement of Paris. History aside, the place is beautiful, with its ivy-covered stone façade and peaceful grounds complete with Chinese gardens and a lake.

Insider Tip

No reservation is needed for groups of 8 or less, making it an easy place to stop in to last minute.

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Sterling Vineyards

The white stucco, hillside winery was modeled after the architecture of the Greek island of Mykonos, where Sterling founder Peter Newton once lived. Accessible by aerial tram, Sterling offers some of the best views of the valley below, making for a great spot to taste their varied selection of wine and snap a photo or two.

Insider Tip

If you’re looking for a more elevated experience, consider booking the Platinum Experience, which includes an educational tasting of four reserve wines paired with a series of small bites prepared by the Sterling culinary team.

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Castello di Amorosa

This authentically-built Tuscan castle took over fourteen years to complete, constructed with 8,000 tons of Napa Valley stone as well as iron and brick imported from Europe, and the resulting winery is an impressive sight. With 121,000 square feet of space — including a drawbridge, chapel, and gargoyles — and a large selection of Italian-style wines, a visit to Castello di Amorosa is no doubt an experience unlike anything else in Calistoga.

Insider Tip

The wines are exclusive to the Castello, but if you happen to join the wine club, you’ll not only get access to the wine, but also to special member events like the Midsummer Medieval Festival, known for its jousting tournament and traditional Medieval feast.

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Dutch Henry Winery

Dutch Henry Winery specializes in small lots of handcrafted Bordeaux wines, sourced from the family’s nearby Certified Organic vineyards. They offer several different tasting and tour options, including a tour that takes you through their 4,500 square foot cave, as well as picnic tables and bocce ball courts if you want to make an afternoon of it.

Insider Tip

The winery is dog-friendly and don’t be surprised if you see the family’s own dogs and cats roaming around the property.

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Tamber Bey

Located at Sundance Ranch, a 22-acre equestrian training facility, Tamber Bey Vineyards specializes in handcrafted cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot, and chardonnay grown on their estate vineyards. The tasting room is located in the original barn clubhouse, where you can observe the horses while sipping your wine as you take in the views of Mount St. Helena.

Insider Tip

There are two tasting experiences offered, which both include a tour of the facility, but be sure to add on their signature savory cookie pairing for something a little different.

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Schramsberg Vineyards

What was once a run-down 19th century estate on the mountainside above St. Helena, Schramsberg has since transformed into a historically significant winery dedicated to producing sparkling wine. Enjoy an educational tour through the 125-year-old caves that can house up to 2.7 million bottles of sparkling wine and be prepared to be impressed and delighted.

Insider Tip

Celebrating a special occasion? Private cave tours and candlelit tastings are available by advanced booking for groups of 2 to 12 people.

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Frank Family Vineyards

Frank Family Vineyards’ bustling tasting room is located within the property’s original yellow Craftsman house. Here you can taste a wide selection of the handcrafted wines they’ve become known for, such as chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, as well as port and a Late Harvest chardonnay.

Insider Tip

Many of the limited production wines are only available in the tasting room, so you may want to book ahead for The Elevated Experience, featuring several winery-exclusive wines paired with artisanal cheese and charcuterie from Chef Michael Chiarello’s Ottimo restaurant in Yountville.

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Jericho Canyon Vineyard

Tucked in a beautiful canyon just outside of Calistoga, Jericho Canyon Vineyard is a boutique winery specializing in premium cabernet sauvignon sourced from their surrounding estate vineyards. With an intimate tasting experience that takes you through the underground caves and a tour of the vineyards by ATV, this off the beaten path winery makes for a memorable, one-of-a-kind visit.

Insider Tip

While the red wines are sure to impress, don’t miss their sauvignon blanc, which is grown on the coarse, rocky soils of the property resulting in a wine with bright minerality and complex flavors.

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Storybook Mountain Vineyards

Earning accolades for its zinfandel since 1983, the family-owned Storybook Mountain has remained dedicated to crafting wines using an artisanal approach. The personalized tasting experience includes a tour of the property and caves, and a chance to taste their prized wines in a casual, intimate setting.

Insider Tip

If you decide to purchase a bottle or more, they’ll waive the tasting fee. Also, there’s limited seating in the tasting room, so be prepared to stand while you sip.

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Larkmead Vineyards

Established in 1895, the historic Larkmead estate is one of the oldest family-owned wineries in Napa Valley. The 110 acres of estate vines are dedicated to varieties like cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc, as well as a small block of 100-year-old tocai friulano vines. Make an appointment to taste their sought-after wines while you relish in the winery’s peaceful setting.

Insider Tip

While Larkmead is best known for their red wines, their crisp and mineral-driven sauvignon blanc is certainly noteworthy.

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Vincent Arroyo Winery

The small, family-owned Vincent Arroyo Winery has become a beloved stop in Calistoga for its welcoming vibe and small-lot wines. Tastings are offered in the unassuming tasting room by appointment only, where you’ll sample wines like cabernet sauvignon and their signature petit sirah.

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Don’t miss their estate-made olive oils and the popular cabernet balsamic vinegar.

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Hana-Lee Sedgwick

Hana-Lee Sedgwick, based in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California, specializes in West Coast wine, food and travel. Her work has appeared in publications including Santa Barbara Magazine, The Tasting Panel, and 7×7. She loves to travel, stay active, and share food and wine with friends. Follow her on Instagram at @wanderandwine or visit her blog, wanderandwine.com.