The 8 Best Winery Tours in Calistoga

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Hardly 5,000 people live in Calistoga, but there’s no shortage of unique experiences or wineries concentrated in the tiny Old West town that acts as Napa Valley’s picturesque point of entry from the north. Calistoga’s commitment to being different ensures that there’s a lot more to see and do than just sip wine at these vineyards.

The View from Above

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Sterling Vineyards (Temporarily Closed)
1111 Dunaweal Ln
Calistoga, CA 94515
(800) 726-6136
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 934 reviews

Any Sterling Vineyards tour begins with some of the best views of Napa Valley, as their unique aerial gondola brings you from the ground to the winery itself, 300 feet above the town below. Modeled after architecture from the Greek island of Mykonos, where the founder once lived, the winery consists of halls of video exhibits detailing Sterling’s history and winemaking processes, as well as a few terraces where you can sip a glass and enjoy staggering panoramic views. Given advance notice, the winery will even host large tours for groups of 25 people or more.

Insider tip: Unlike many Napa Valley wineries, Sterling Vineyards allows guests to keep their custom wine glasses as a free souvenir, included in the price of the tour and gondola ride.

A Castle Fit for a Winery

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Castello di Amorosa
4045 St Helena Hwy
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 967-6272
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 2,611 reviews

Modeled after a 13th-century Tuscan castle, the breathtaking stone structures of Castello di Amorosa are loaded with architectural marvels you’d never expect to find in this corner of the world. Their various scheduled tours explain the history behind each facade, going through rooms covering how the castle was built and how the wine is made on the way to the panoramic views at the top of the structure. Beginning at $1,000 for two people, the winery’s VIP tour ramps up the luxury to include exclusive sparkling wine toasts, reserve tastings, wine club memberships, limousine transportation, and more.

Insider tip: During your tasting at the end of the tour, ask your server for a taste of the salted dark chocolate to pair with their dessert wine, Il Passito. More often than not, they’ll be happy to oblige.

Wine on the Range

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Tamber Bey Vineyards
1251 Tubbs Ln
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-2100
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 135 reviews

There’s more than just the winery employees to keep you company at Tamber Bey Vineyards, a winery that makes up just a small part of Sundance Ranch: there’s also an equestrian facility that’s become known for training top-notch performing horses. Spring for the Ranch & Winery tour and tasting, and you’ll be allowed to peek inside their two 5,000-square-foot barrel rooms and mingle with the gorgeous prized horses (you may even get a chance to see them performing as you finish your tastings). For an extra $10 charge, each wine comes with a specific savory cookie pairing, each one totally unlike any cookie you’ve ever tried before.

Insider tip: The winery and ranch is located just a stone’s throw from one of Calistoga’s biggest natural attractions, the dramatic Old Faithful Geyser of California.

The Family Winery

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Dutch Henry
4300 Silverado Trail N
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-5771
TripAdvisor: 3.5 stars, 54 reviews

This family-owned winery encompasses 22 gorgeous acres of organically grown vineyards on the southern slope of Howell Mountain. Tastings take place in a welcoming, rustic barn where the family pets are known to wander around pestering guests for affection, while picnic tables and bocce courts give visitors an excuse to sit outdoors and enjoy the weather. Regular and reserve tours include tastings of estate red wines like their Bordeaux blend, as well as an hour-long exploration of the winery grounds and barrel room.

Insider tip: Order a few of their unique hors d’oeuvres like fried squash blossoms with goat cheese, alongside free samples of their estate grown olive oil.

California Exclusive

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Summers Estate Wines
1171 Tubbs Ln
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-5508
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 53 reviews

The tasting room may look modest from the outside compared to some other Napa wineries, but the open layout helps visitors feel almost as welcome as the staff does. Guests are lavished with attention and great wine, as well as the occasional pairing like white chocolate or tomatoes, and are allowed to explore the sprawling patio at leisure. Take the tour, and you may have the chance to meet Ignacio, the passionate winemaker responsible for the uniquely flavorful wines at Summers.

Insider tip: Enjoy the rare California-exclusive varietal Charbono, the winery’s claim to fame, while taking advantage of their large bocce courts.

Calistoga by Bike

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Getaway Adventures at Calistoga Visitor Center
1133 Washington St
Calistoga, CA 94515
(800) 499-2453
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 356 reviews

Explore the backroads of Calistoga on a hybrid bike in between tastings at four area wineries with the Sip ‘N Cycle tour beginning at the Calistoga Visitor Center. You’ll cover roughly 12 miles of flat roads and hear in-depth, yet accessible lessons on the complexities of the vineyards and their carefully cultivated grapes from local tour guides who go out of their way to create a custom experience that includes large wineries and intimate tasting rooms alike.

Insider tip: The guides go above and beyond in preparing their picnic lunches using organic, locally sourced foodstuffs, so come with an appetite to enjoy some seasonal picks, catered to your group’s tastes.

Underground Group Tours

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Fairwinds Estate Winery
4550 Silverado Trail N
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 408-8267

Modest from the outside, but sleek and elegant on the inside, Fairwinds Estate Vineyard’s tasting room—open only on weekends, and only from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.—keep their product in high demand. They offer private tastings and tours for groups of eight or more, and tours go beyond the tasting room to include their bottling line, barrel rooms, and underground wine caves, where guests can receive private lessons, exclusive pours of recent additions, and cheese pairings in the underground space.

Insider tip: Try the winery’s delicious interpretations of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, the two varieties that helped bring Napa Valley to the forefront of world winemaking.

The Wine Caves

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Schramsberg Vineyards
1400 Schramsberg Rd
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-4558
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 321 reviews

The caves at Schramsberg Vineyards date back 125 years, when founder and German immigrant Jacob Schram first contracted workers to dig the underground labyrinths to keep his European varietals of sparkling wine safe from the summer heat. The stone caves and towering wine racks are truly a sight to behold, especially as you learn more about the lengthy history of the winery and its traditional method of sparkling wine production. The tour includes a truly unique tasting within the caves, lit by candelabra alone.

Insider tip: The breadsticks they serve alongside tastings are dangerously addictive. Luckily, you can purchase your own at Sunshine Foods in St. Helena.

They may boast similar views of rolling vineyards, but each of Calistoga’s wineries has its own history and atmosphere. Taking a tour through one specific winery, or hop between as many as you’d like for valuable insight into what makes each tasting room special.


WineCountry Staff


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