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Sterling Vineyards

1111 Dunaweal Ln, Between Highway 29 and Silverado Trail, Calistoga, CA 94515-9635
+1 707-942-3344
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Perched 300 feet above the town of Calistoga, Sterling Vineyards offers panoramic views of Napa Valley. An aerial tram carries visitors up the hill to the winery, whose architecture was modeled after that of the Greek island of Mykonos, where Sterling founder Peter Newton once lived. The brilliant white stucco stands out dramatically against the rugged Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges that flank each side of Napa Valley. Mount Saint Helena makes a lovely distant backdrop. The winery’s towers house eight bells from London’s Church of St. Dunstan’s-in-the-East, originally founded in the 10th century. The church was destroyed by fire in 1666, rebuilt, then destroyed again during the bombing of WWII. Each time, new bells were recast from the old metal to give them superior tonal quality. The rich tolling of these ancient bells sounds down through the valley on the quarter hour. Through walkways and balconies, guests take a self-guided tour of Sterling Vineyards’ winemaking facilities. Beautiful outdoor terraces and elegant tasting rooms provide the perfect environment to enjoy exceptional wines while taking in the view. The extraordinary Mediterranean-style architecture, unique aerial tramway, stunning location, historic bells, and attention to visitors make Sterling Vineyards a top destination in Napa Valley.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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1111 Dunaweal Ln, Between Highway 29 and Silverado Trail, Calistoga, CA 94515-9635
+1 707-942-3344

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Reviewed yesterday

The pairings of the food with the wine were excellent. The 2012 Cav was so delicious and the oak smell of the 2010 Cav had a great aroma. The Gondola ride had a wonderful view. The Platinum package is with the experience.

Thank Juan D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Not bad, but was expecting a little bit more of the experience. Nice staff, good wines, but that's about it.

Thank ElChri
Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and I went to Sterling Vineyards while we were in Napa. We had both been there before, many years ago when you didn't have to pay for wine tastings. I know that things have changed, and all the wineries are now charging for...More

Thank G355VEsuzannem
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went with my family and my son loved the tram ride even though it was a bit short. If you like wine tasting you can go and try this but overall I felt the tour was too short and quick. The view from the upper...More

Thank Bang X
Reviewed 6 days ago

Boy, with all the choices in Napa and Sonoma (and we visited many during our stay) this tasting was by far the least enjoyable to us. The tasting tables were set up in hallways and staffed by kids who didn't know much about wine and...More

Thank sdavidson14
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sterling has a nice aerial tram but you can get it with just your general experience fee. Their platinum experience is not worth the money. They don't give you a one hour food as they stated in their brochure. They sensational appetizers are extremely small....More

Thank Odaher
Reviewed 1 week ago

I actually visited here because of the location and that you need to ride a gondola to get to the top of the winery itself - nice novelty and quite scenic. I had mixed opinions about their wines, mostly good, but wine like coffee etc....More

Thank Christine D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm only giving 3 stars because we got the Silver package and do not feel it was worth it. Very small pours for the 3 extra wines and the "cheese and charcuterie" plates were very very tiny. Not worth the extra $17. The views from...More

Thank SunnyDays949
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Silver package includes a tasting of an extra 3-4 wines in a quieter, secluded section of the tour. You do have to go up at a certain time, as they have limited seats and tables. We sat outside on the terrace, and dragged it...More

Thank DC20something
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Staff at Sterling Vineyards was very nice and informative especially Charlie. If you really want a treat get a Coupon at the Napa Valley Visitors Center to upgrade to Sterling tour.

Thank Cynthia G
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Al C
Is there a cost to the grape stomp/tshirt?
26 May 2017|
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Response from Helen G | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I think we paid $20 but am not certain which covers the cost of the t-shirt that you step your footprints onto. It was a fun experience and something my mum has always wanted to do so well worth it. I would suggest... More
The price for the wine tasting and taking the tram?
16 January 2017|
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Response from luxetrip | Reviewed this property |
$49 for wine tasting and tram. Check out Sterling's website for detailed info.
How much is a club membership?
20 November 2016|
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Response from J2Deluca | Reviewed this property |
Did not get that far. We were totally disinterested in their wines - not anywhere near as good as ALL the other wineries we visited. Their schtick is the grape stomping and the arial tram to get up to their less than boring... More