Monticello Vineyards

3.5/4

4242 Big Ranch Road , Napa, CA 94558

(707) 253-2802

About This Winery

Monticello is located on the valley floor off Oak Knoll Avenue. You will first spot the generous picnic grounds and lawns, then the main winery building. To your immediate right you will no doubt spot the business offices of the
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Monticello is located on the valley floor off Oak Knoll Avenue. You will first spot the generous picnic grounds and lawns, then the main winery building. To your immediate right you will no doubt spot the business offices of the winery, with their familiar Palladian-style architecture. The building is based very closely on Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia, complete with identical white pillars, windows and balcony. Jay Corley, the winery’s founder, came to Napa in 1969, planted a vineyard, and in time built his winery; he used the name Monticello to honor one of our country’s greatest statesmen.

The family-run operation farms five vineyards in the Napa Valley. They have taken great care to ensure that the variety, rootstock, clone selection, vineyard spacing and trellis design are matched to the soil and microclimate of each vineyard. The winemaker’s hand is used to bring these flavors together into a cohesive whole, protecting and promoting the intense aromatics and presenting a full-bodied, elegantly textured and seamless wine. These ambitious goals have helped create their flagship Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines, as well as their Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Merlot.

The cozy, low-ceilinged tasting room at Monticello is tucked inside the main winery building. The tasting counter is made from elderly barrel staves, and adds a rustic old-world feel to the place. There are some gift items for sale, and you can look through windows in the back into the winery operation. There are some great tasting programs to experience, including wine seminars hosted in the “Jefferson House.” Reserve a seat for their component tasting, the blending seminar, or the reserve tasting.

Weekend Reserve Tastings
Sit-down premium tastings are available in their Reserve Tasting Room with the opportunity to sample limited production lots, older library selections, and still developing barrel wines.

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Winery Information

Hours: Open Daily 10 to 4:30 pm
Tasting Fees: $10 tasting fee
Tours: Tours by Appointment
Price Range: $26 to $48 per bottle
Established: 1982
Vineyards: 110 acres , five vineyards
Production: 15,000 cases

Amenities

  • Gift Shop

Ambiances

  • Casual & Relaxed
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Run
  • Historic Features
  • Kid Friendly
  • Off the Beaten Path
  • Resort Like

Wine Types

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah

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The building is designed to look like a small version of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello with neoclassical columns and Pediment. There is a large tasting room with a large gift shop. Wines were fruity and very nice. The Pinot Noir had a pretty pale color, an aroma of red berries and a nice flavor. The finish was very good, but somewhat short lived. The Cab had a strawberry aroma, had a somewhat mild flavor, but a very nice finish.

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The tasting room is back from the parking and picnic areas across from the mini-Monticello replica building. The room is cozy with a funky tasting bar that is actually kind of cool. The reds were our favorite, and the Chardonnay was also very flavorful, with a lot of fruit and apple aromas. We ended up staying here quite awhile and recommend a stop. The lawn area is huge.

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