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Burgess Cellars

Burgess Cellars has been family owned and creating wines with mountain distinction since 1972 on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley.

When our founder Tom Burgess purchased an 1870's era vineyard and winery in 1972, he established himself as a pioneer of mountainside wineries. At the time, there were only approximately two dozen wineries in operation in the whole Napa Valley and he saw the potential of mountain vineyards to produce wines that evoke the French concept of terrior: that the grapes, and thus wines, should reflect the vineyard's soil, exposure, and overall micro-climate.

Today, the second generation is building on Tom's legacy. Brothers Steven Burgess and James Burgess took over as President and Vineyard Manager respectively. In 2013, Winemaker Kelly Woods, a UC Davis graduate, completed the new team, and together the trio has fine-tuned the vineyards and cellar to highlight mountain grapes.

The new direction of the estate is taking Burgess Cellars to the pinnacle of Napa Valley wine quality. At almost 1000 feet, far over the valley floor, we produce wines from our two estate hillside vineyards, Winery Ranch Vineyard and Haymaker Vineyard. Our hillside grapes tend to be smaller, with more concentrated flavors and tannins, varietal intensity and excellent aging properties.

A visit to Burgess Cellars begins with a panoramic vista that offers real perspective on the Napa Valley. One can see the length of the Mayacamas range, from Calistoga to the hills beyond Napa. We present our wines in our cellar, where you are surrounded by barrels.

Hours of Operation
Hours of Operation
  • Hours of Operation 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tours & Tastings
  • Complimentary Tasting w/Purchase
  • Other Tasting Options
  • Tastings - By Appointment
Winery Amenities
  • Art Displayed
  • Family-Run
  • Historic Buildings
  • Off the Beaten Path
  • Romantic
  • Scenic Views
  • Tasting Room Size Small
  • Unique Architecture
  • Wheelchair Accessible
Wine List
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Petite Sirah
  • Red Blends
  • Rosé
  • Syrah
Facility Info
  • Description Our Mountainside Tasting Room is perched 1000 feet up on the side of Howell Mountain, overlooking Napa Valley and our home vineyard.
  • Total Sq. Ft. 350
  • Space Notes The Mountainside Tasting Room seats up to 12 guests and a single conference table. The room has a 55" high definition television with Apple TV capability. The room is private.
  • Number of Rooms 1

Allow 90 minutes for this experience.

Library wines and the best seat in the house await you in this elevated experience! This seated semi-private tasting takes place in our Mountainside Tasting Room with panoramic vistas of Napa Valley. Your group will experience the best of our terroir with a decade cellared library wine, small production and reserve level selections. We’ll share our unique viticulture and wine program innovations while looking on the grapevines of our home vineyard below.

Reservations required.
Daily: 10 am, 2 pm
$60 per person. ($30 Club Members. $45 Friends of Club Members.)

Allow 60 minutes for this experience.

Our classic tasting experience brings you right into our Cellar Tasting Room, an active barrel room where founder Tom Burgess first started hosting early Napa Valley vistors years ago. Surrounded by cellaring wine, our friendly hospitality team presents wines from our current release selections. Your group will learn of our rich history as well as our current innovations and second generation team, while perusing a display of vintage bottles and a museum wall constructed from our retired wine barrels.

Reservations required
Daily: 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm.
$30 per person. (Club Members receive 2 complimentary tastings.)
One tasting fee waived per three bottles purchased.

Guild of Mountaineers Wine Club

As a Guild of Mountaineers Wine Club member, enjoy these benefits:

• Receive 20% discount on all current releases and the Current Library Release.
• Full customization on club shipments.
• Shipping included on club shipments.
• Discounted and complimentary experiences and tastings.
• Priority and discounted invitations to events and experiences.
• Member online account for easy customization and ordering.