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Sterling Vineyards

1111 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515
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  • Sterling VineyardsPro 2014
    Ryan Windsor (Reserve123)
    5 Jul 19, 2014

    This winery is especially fun to tour because they offer an aerial tram ride to the top of the mountain where you walk around, explore the winery, and taste various wines at stops along the way. Definitely a unique experience.

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    4 Jul 16, 2014

    Must ride the gondola ride!!!

    Sterling Vineyards is a must stop destination when you are in the wine country. It is different from other winery because in order to do wine tasting you have to take the tram to get to it.

    The view is great, the wine is good, the staff is friendly and the overall experienced was worth it. I hope you give this place a try. Cheers!

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    5 Feb 21, 2014

    By far one of my most favorite favorite vineyards in the Napa Valley!

    I just love the whole experience. You don't just sit around and sip. You take almost a little field trip like back in the toddler days only this is an adult field trip with yummy alcoholic beverages!

    Highly recommend to lovers, friends, families!

    Bonuses of the experience:
    - Gondola ride with the view of lily pads
    - balcony with views of napa valley
    - a tasting room at the end of the tasting tour

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    Kathleen B
    4 Feb 09, 2014

    Excellent View, top ranked wines. Only reason I did not give it the 5th Star is that it is crowded with people who come for the ($20) tram ride to the upper winery building.

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    Verlisia
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    4 Nov 06, 2013

    Their wines really aren't the best but it is pretty much THE place to bring anyone to for their very first wine tasting trip. The view is nice and the tram ride is fun. They will be pour your wines at different stations through out your self guided tour. There are lots of indoor and outdoor seating you can sit down, relax and enjoy your wine. Unfortunately they do not allow any food up there.

    I purchased the silver pass and I recommend it. You get a couple more tastings with table service in their reserved room. Each silver pass holder can also bring a guest into the reserved room so you don't need to purchase the pass for everyone in your group. The staff was friendly and attentive. My out of town friends all had a great time even though they are not that into wine.

    Sterling is a little touristy but it is perfect for anyone not seriously into wine tasting and just want an excuse to check out the lovely wine country. 4 stars for the experience but not the wine.

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    Netta Denes Drimer
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    4 Feb 13, 2014

    Great view from on the way up and from the fabulous porch. The tour in the vineyards is self guided but you have tv screen with short videos all over the place explaining on the process of making the wine.

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    Travis Katz
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    4 Aug 19, 2013

    Sterling does not have the best wine in Napa (it is a huge, corporate winemaker), so a lot of real wine aficionados turn up their nose at this place. However, in terms of winery tours, it is one of the better ones. The tours are well done, they have a cool tram that is fun with kids, and an outdoor balcony with great views where you can enjoy your wine.

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    Maggie Levy
    5 Oct 21, 2012

    Fun to ride the cable car up to Sterling, fantastic views, good self guided tour - relaxing wine tasting on the terrace where you can see all of Napa.

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    Margaret Owens
    4 Oct 17, 2012

    A gondola-lift up to some of the best views in the Napa Valley. Have a glass of wine and consider yourself relaxed.

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    Mel S Wong
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    4 Sep 02, 2012

    One of my favorites to bring out of towners for visit...not necessary for the wine, (sadly), but for an awesome wine country experience. There is something really cool about riding in a cable car to get to the tasting area which is done in a very civilized sit down way. The ride down is just as cool overlooking the vineyards.

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    Janet Souza
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    The tram ride is unique, and you have a wonderful view from the winery. The self-guided tour is nice also.

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    Fran V.
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Sterling Vineyards is a nice place to visit more for the scenery and less on the wine. To me, the wine was okay, but my palette has tasted better. During my last visit here, I was stoked about riding the gondola up to the tasting room since it is located high on a hill, over looking the Napa Valley. I was able to take some nice pics of the view from the tasting room.

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    David L.
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    its been a few years since i've been, but my favorite part of this winery is the tram (gondola) you take to get up to the tasting building which is perched atop a medium sized hill. short of taking a balloon ride, this is one of the view ways to get a breathtaking aerial view of napa valley. i believe the cost of the tram, self guided tour, and 5 bottle wine tasting (including glass) are all bundled together. it used to be $20, but i'm sure has gone up a tad, though still not a bad deal. i found the wines to be pretty good, though the view on the tram is really the highlight and worth a visit, esp if you have out of town guests.

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    Craig Kellar
    2 Jul 04, 2012

    If you are looking for something different, come here. Not only is there winetasting, but you can take an aerial tramway to get to it.

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    Jason Flegel
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    3 Jul 04, 2012

    I'm hesitant to recommend Sterling's wine. It's not my favorite (though it's by no means bad). The best reason to come to Sterling Vineyards, however, is actually the means by which one visits Sterling Vineyards. You see, Sterling is located on the plateaued summit of a mountain. Reaching it on foot would not be an endeavor to be undertaken lightly. Fortunately for us, there is a gondola from the parking lot! The views of Napa Valley, both from the gondola and the tasting rooms are just amazing.

    Bring a little picnic and enjoy some wine and a snack on the terrace, which overlooks the valley to the south. It's really stunning on a nice day.

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    anna pickard
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Not cheapest, but the gondola, view down Napa Valley, and self-guided tour teaching wine without pushy salespatter are worth it. Also, nice buttery Chardonnays.

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    Kevin Picholo
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Great view from the top of the hill.

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    Isabel Hoffmann Miles
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    Great views and massive winery. Good learning

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    Ryan Katri
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Great views. Self paced tour.

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    Mercedes Mapua
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    I liked the cable ride and the view. But I think the wine tour was a bit boring...

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Description

Outstanding grape cultivation is what you will taste at Sterling Vineyards in Napa Valley, California. This attraction maintains six wine collections. You will savor luxury when drinking one of Sterling’s Reserved Wines. Sterling Vineyards grows grapes on fourteen estates. You can take a tour on an aerial tram, and take in the scenic vineyards that stretch for miles in Napa Valley. Tours are ... read more
available seven days a week. Join the wine club and get discounts on items at their wine shop. Leave Sterling Vineyards with satisfaction of the finest, distinct wines offered on the west coast.

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