Chateau Montelena 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 Mount St. Helena.

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  • Picnic Area: Club Members Only
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Hours & Activities
  • Open - No Appointment:
  • Tours - No Appointment:
Wine List
  • Cabernet Sauvignon:
  • Chardonnay:
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  • Sauvignon Blanc:
  • Zinfandel:
Facility Info
  • Largest Room 40

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.

*Wine selections may vary depending on availability. Please call ahead to inquire about specific wines.

TASTING PRICE: $25 per person

AVAILABILITY: Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



In this unique and extraordinary seated tasting experience, Chateau Montelena's long and distinguished history of producing fine wines is showcased in the wines we serve. Join us in our private Library Room, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy and purchase wines not commonly available in the marketplace. Limited Release Tasting groups arelimited to 8 gueststo preserve an intimate atmosphere; so pre-paid, advance reservations are essential. Any cancellation request must be received at least 48 hours prior to the tasting to avoid forfeiture of the participation fee.

*If you are interested in booking a Limited Release Tasting Experience today (the day of), please call the winery.

**A note to CellarMaster members: to take advantage of your membership benefits, please contact the winery directly to make your reservations by calling 800-222-7288 or by emailing

This is an intimate setting, so please no unpaid guests, children or infants.

TASTING PRICE: $50 per person

AVAILABILITY: Daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations Required


The 1976 Paris Tasting, and the 2008 Hollywood movie treatment of it, are part of our history and continue to attract fans of the story. Ultimately, the real hero of the story is our Napa Valley Chardonnay, which is very much in the present and lives on as a classic American wine. This experience provides guests with an insider's peek at what really happened before, during, and after the actual Paris Tasting and the early days of Chateau Montelena; a candid appraisal of those events by author George Taber in a taped interview; and a comparative wine tasting to demonstrate what makes today's Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, 40 years later, an enduring example of world-class winemaking. Beyond Paris and Hollywood groups are limited to 12 people to preserve an intimate atmosphere, so pre-paid advance reservations are essential. Any cancellation request must be received at least 48 hours prior to the tasting to avoid forfeiture of the participation fee.

TASTING PRICE: $40 per person

AVAILABILITY: Thursdays at 9:45 a.m.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations Required


The Montelena Estate Vineyard is home to one of the world's most unique winegrowing properties. The site's diversity of soils and slopes translates directly into the layers of complex flavors in our wines. Experience the elements that make this property the ideal place for growing world-class wines when you venture out into the vineyard. Your guide will explain the many viticulture decisions we've made and how those decisions impact the wine that you drink. Over the course of the 45-minute journey, you will learn how the year's growing conditions are affecting the current vintage of grapes and have the opportunity to taste a selection of wines produced from the Montelena Estate Vineyard.

Vineyard tour groups are limited to 7 people to ensure comfortable seating in the Montelena Club Car. Tours are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis so please inquire with the Tasting Room host on your arrival to sign-up.

TASTING PRICE: $40 per person

AVAILABILITY: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

RESERVATIONS: No Advance Reservations - offered on a first come first served basis


Experience our rich history as you enjoy this hour and a half walking tour through the beautiful grounds that make up the Montelena Estate. With a taste of crisp white in hand, we start the tour inside the Chateau, walk you through the rich history of our Chateau and progressively taste the other 3 wines that have made us into one of Napa Valley's finest destinations. This is a great tour for guests who are new to Montelena and of course a great refresher for those that have visited us before.

The Estate Tour is limited to 8 guests and pre-paid reservations are required. We kindly ask, no minors and only pre-paid guests will be allowed on the tour. Due to the length and distance covered on the tour, we ask that you be able to stand on your feet for a long period of time. Additionally, this tour is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

Any cancellation request must be received at least 48 hours prior to the tasting to avoid forfeiture of the participation fee.

TASTING PRICE: $40 per person

AVAILABILITY: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations Required


An intimate, private tasting for CellarMaster wine club members and their guests. To experience the best Montelena has to offer, please call us at 800-222-7288 or email Wineclubs for more details or to book your appointment. The CellarMaster tasting is open to current CellarMaster club members only.

TASTING PRICE: Please call for details. A $50 Value

AVAILABILITY: Thursday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations Required


Please visit us in the lobby of the historic Westin St. Francis in San Francisco's Union Square. A representative from the Chateau is there pouring wine four days a week.


AVAILABILITY: Wednesday through Sunday 1:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


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, and entrance into the Montelena Family and our network of relationships with culinary stars and top-notch resorts and hotels.

With the four levels described below, CellarMaster offers the choice and flexibility so you can find where you fit best. Follow any of the "Details" links to read more and to find out how to start your CellarMaster membership.


Friends of Montelena
A Friendly Introduction - Friends members receive quarterly shipments of Montelena wines, including new releases and rare offerings, and enjoy the benefits of special member status.

A Commitment to Invest - A club for those ready for a higher level of commitment: Futures members enjoy advantageous pricing on our Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon by investing early.

Choice ' Flexibility - Choice members enjoy the flexibility of custom-choosing the wines and quantities in their club shipments, as well as our best price on Montelena Estate Cabernet Futures.

Bring It All Home - Select is CellarMaster's top-of-the-line: members receive the greatest benefits and flexibility, our best Futures pricing, and an invitation to the Movable Feast, the ultimate Montelena Family gathering.