What to do and see in Calistoga, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 24, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Here’s your day in Calistoga: Yoga. Massage. Spa lunch. Hike. Wine-tasting. Facial. Mud bath. Gourmet dinner (with more wine). Dip in a mineral pool. Does it get more relaxing than a spa town built around natural springs in the middle of wine country? We don't think so.
Restaurants in Calistoga

1. Vincent Arroyo Winery

2361 Greenwood Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515-1031 +1 707-942-6995
Excellent
85%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 282 reviews

Vincent Arroyo Winery

Reviewed By Carnoedo27 - Kearny, New Jersey

My husband and I recently visited the Napa Valley (as an aside, Napa is open for business and the valley is absolutely beautiful!). We were looking for a winery to visit, before another scheduled appointment and we stumbled on Vincent Arroyo Winery. Little did we know that it would be the best tasting experience we had in all of Napa. We were greeted by Jeffery who was down to earth and professional. He generously poured samples for my husband and chatted with him and another couple tasting wines. Being an expectant mom who was missing her dog at home, Maggie (the vineyard's black lab) was an unexpected treat. She was so sweet and playful!

Aside from the laid back environment, the wines were excellent and reasonably priced. We were interested in having wines shipped home to NJ (one week before Thanksgiving) and the winery was able to accommodate us without any problems. They got the wines out that same day a few hours later and they arrived here today professionally packaged and in fantastic condition.

When we go back to Napa, we would not hesitate to stop back at Vincent Arroyo Winery or recommend it to friends. In the meantime, we'll have to make do with ordering online.

2. Schramsberg Vineyards

1400 Schramsberg Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515-9624 +1 707-942-2414
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 432 reviews

Schramsberg Vineyards

Reviewed By kc4ness - Green Valley, Arizona

The history of this winery is incredible. We went into the caverns to learn how the bubbly was made and it was an education in and of itself. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Not to mention their great tasting products. I was impressed!
I was there with my daughter and her fiancé'. They are club members.

3. Tamber Bey Vineyards

1251 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515-1055 +1 707-942-2100
Excellent
83%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 210 reviews

Tamber Bey Vineyards

Located at the extraordinary Sundance Ranch in Calistoga, Tamber Bey Vineyards is renowned for its 100% estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay. These hand crafted wines are meticulously cared for from the vineyards to the winery to make extraordinary Napa Valley character wines. With estate vineyards in the Oakville and Yountville appellations, these cool-climate grapes are designated for the Tamber Bey signature single-vineyard wines. The winery is located in a beautiful working horse ranch, and visitors will be treated to a truly unique experience of wine and horses.

Reviewed By wayne S - San Clemente, California

Granted, we are club members, but this winery visit was one of the best ever. And we visit lots of wineries as we live part time in Napa.
Robert sat down with us and led the five of us through a very detailed tasting of eight wines, all of our choice. It was very friendly, informative and personal. We were also greeted very warmly by Zack, the tasting room manager. All in all, a wonderful experience at a very serene and pretty winery. Nice wines, too, well worth the drive up Valley.

4. Pride Mountain Vineyards

4026 Spring Mountain Rd, By Appointment Only, Wine Tasting, St. Helena, CA 94574-9773 +1 707-963-4949
Excellent
90%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 524 reviews

Pride Mountain Vineyards

Pride Mountain Vineyards specializes in Red Wine production, mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The property is only open for wine tasting appointments to adult guests with a prior appointments. In compliance of our local codes and use-permits all appointments must be made in advance of arrival. Thank you, Pride Mountain Vineyards

Reviewed By Kelly D - Jamaica Plain

Finally splurged for the seated experience, and it was worth every bottle of wine we bought from it. Spent time in the cellars barrel tasting, as well as doing vertical and different blend tastings. Our wine educator was magnificent. Would highly recommend everyone buy as few bottles as possible from here, so that I can get them all.

5. Castello di Amorosa

4045 Saint Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515-9609 +1 707-967-6272
Excellent
64%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa is one of Napa Valley's most unique wineries. At over 136,000 square feet, the authentically-built 13th-century Tuscan-style castle and winery offers a variety of tour options including Reserve wine tours, food and wine pairing tours and a cheese and wine tour. Castello di Amorosa makes a variety of award-winning wines from its location on the hillside above Calistoga. Try "Il Barone," the wine that Robert Parker rated 94 points. The Castello also produces Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Rose, Pinot Bianco, Sangiovese, Barbera, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Il Brigante blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, La Castellana Super Tuscan Blend, Il Raggio del Sole, Fantasia, Il Passito Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon and Late Harvest Gewurztraminer, the top dessert wine at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for two consecutive years.

Reviewed By Amber B - Huntsville, Alabama

This winery feels like an old castle in the Italian countryside. The attention to detail and quality of materials that went into the construction of the winery is apparent. The wine tour was fun and educational. There was a wide range of wines to choose from for the tasting. I would suggest trying the chocolates they make with wine because it accentuates the flavors.

6. von Strasser and Lava Vine Winery

965 Silverado Trl, Calistoga, CA 94515-1128 +1 707-942-9500
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 181 reviews

von Strasser and Lava Vine Winery

Rudy’s passionate interest in Cabernet Sauvignon lead him to discover a family connection to Eric de Rothschild, and he wrote a letter asking to do an internship at Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. Each year the Chateau had been hiring an intern from the French winemaking program at Montpellier. Thinking that two minds are better than one, Mr. Rothschild invited Rudy to work for the 1985 harvest as their first American intern. Upon completion, Rudy returned to Napa Valley in the spring of 1986 and became the enologist at Trefethen Winery and Vineyards. In 1988, he became the assistant winemaker in charge of production at Newton Vineyards in St. Helena. Shortly after their marriage in 1989, Rudy and Rita von Strasser set out looking for a vineyard property to serve as a home for their future family as well as future brand. Having already developed a deep passion and talent for producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Rudy was committed that the property must be in a microclimate blessed with the ability to grow and produce the finest red wines in Napa Valley. Coincidentally, the old Roddis Estate Winery on Diamond Mountain had just been put on the market, and in a bold move, the von Strasser label was born. From 1990 through 2016, von Strasser Winery made their mark on Napa Valley with their Diamond Mountain District Cabernets. Not only did Rudy spearhead the effort to turn Diamond Mountain District into a distinct AVA (American Viticultural Area), he assembled a core of the AVA’s best vineyards to partner with. On top of his Estate Vineyard, he has made vineyard designated wines from Sori Bricco Vineyard, Spaulding Vineyard, Post Vineyard, Agira Vineyard, Diamond Terraces Vineyard, Rainin Vineyard and Vineyard 2131. Over this period, he achieved unparalleled success as a Cabernet producer. Von Strasser Winery was named Wine and Spirits Magazine Winery of the Year for an unbelievable 13 times over this span. Starting in 2017, von Strasser is making another bold move by relocating their winery and expanding their labels. In late 2015, von Strasser Winery added Lava Vine Winery to their portfolio. Lava Vine, a small Calistoga winery, is known for its ‘alternative varietal’ portfolio of wines. The facility at Lava Vine is currently being expanded to include an ultra-modern fermentation and barrel aging building. The Lava Vine brand already has a loyal following thanks to their great wines and friendly tasting room. Over the next few years, Rudy will slowly expand the Lava Vine brand to focus on Pinot Noir, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Grüner Veltliner. However do not be surprised when offered a taste of Verdehlo, Tempranillo, charbono, or old-vine Zinfandel, and many other treats. And of course, Rudy will also continue to make his world class Von Strasser label single vineyard cabernet sauvignons.

Reviewed By cricoerb - Millbrae, California

Went here after someone in another winery recommended them. The people were nice and the wines were not bad. If you like unpretentious wineries, this is a place to go. The guys there even recommended places to eat which was nice.

7. Schweiger Vineyards

4015 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574-9773 +1 707-963-4882
Excellent
92%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 121 reviews

Schweiger Vineyards

Located 2000 feet above St. Helena, Schweiger Vineyards discovered by those in search of the authentic family winemaking experience. Enjoy incredible views overlooking Napa Valley, savor artisan style wines at this lovely Spring Mountain winery and just relax. Sip wines on the balcony, sit down to a paired tasting or tour the barrel room. Savor the signature Bordeaux-style blend “Dedication”, and the Cabernet Sauvignon along with the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Tastings are by appointment.

Reviewed By janiss - Florida

Schweiger Vineyardscwas a wonderful experience. The owner actually sat down with us at one point during the tasting. He actually is an older gentleman who works his own vineyard because it is truly his love. I enjoyed all of the wines we tasted. I do not ever drink Chenin Blanc but it was amazing!! Do not miss this quaint vineyard.

8. Chateau Montelena

1429 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515-9726 +1 707-942-5105
Excellent
56%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 564 reviews

Chateau Montelena

This old winery has a castle-like main building.

Reviewed By Deb W - Reno, Nevada

Some of the people in the party didn't drink so we took them here for a nice walk around Jade Lake. The setting is gorgeous and we really enjoyed the swans. We did go into the tasting room. It's lovely and the staff was very nice.

9. Calistoga Visitors Center

1133 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515-1437 +1 866-306-5588
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 119 reviews

Calistoga Visitors Center

When planning your visit to Calistoga, you’ll learn a lot if you make your first stop at the Welcome Center for guidance to get the most out of a visit. The Welcome Center is easily located at 1133 Washington Street, behind Brannan’s Grill.

Reviewed By Lori T - Tampa, Florida

My daughter and I happened upon this little gem during our early morning walk around Calistoga. The young man who was working was incredibly helpful and full of useful information! They had some cute Calistoga books, souvenirs and maps.

10. Sherwin Family Vineyards

4060 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574-9773 +1 707-963-1154
Excellent
92%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 73 reviews

Sherwin Family Vineyards

A visit to Sherwin Family Vineyards, at the top of Spring Mountain above St. Helena, is like no other tasting experience. You will be treated to world-class wines in an idyllic setting overlooking the Estate’s vineyards and picturesque lake and fountain. Relax on the patio and sip a glass of Estate Cabernet while you enjoy a peaceful picnic on the deck. Or, on those chilly winter days, relax in front of a blazing fire in the beautifully appointed Tasting Room while enjoying Sherwin Family’s current releases. Whatever the season, your visit to Sherwin Family Vineyards will be a memorable experience that will linger, and the memory will enhance your enjoyment of the wines that you take home with you. We would love to show you a little Spring Mountain hospitality on your next visit to Napa Valley.

Reviewed By Jon A - Martinez, California

The beauty of Sherwin Family vineyards is difficult to describe...it is a true Napa Valley / Spring Mountain jewel! Located above St. Helena, Spring Mountain is home to several of Napa's best (Sherwin, Keenan, Pride, etc). The drive up the mountain is beautiful, and once you arrive at the vineyard, you know that this is NOT the normal Napa Valley winery experience.
We came up for lunch this past weekend (stop in to Oakville Grocery on your way up and buy your favorite lunch foods) and sat outside on the patio overlooking the Sherwin Family pond. Lunch, wine tasting, perfect weather and exceptional people made for a wonderful afternoon. The winery is hosted by Donna and Tim, and both are experts in the wine industry. The whites we tasted (Sav Blanc & Chard) are excellent, but the reds are really special. Do not miss the Cellar Scraps...it is a real treat!
The patio is perfect for large groups along with a very nice bocce court. All of this is surrounded by tree's, flowers, views of the valley and of course, the vineyard.
Sherwin Family Vineyards is one of our FAVORITE places to visit in all of Napa Valley.

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