Published on 30-10-2023
Sterling Vineyards Reopens
Iconic Napa Valley Stalwart is now open for tour and tasting experiences

Three years after the Glass Fire forced its temporary closure. Sterling Vineyards is excited to be able to reopen its doors Sunday, October 29, and welcome visitors back. Over the past three years, the Sterling Vineyards team has dedicated themselves to an extensive renovation project, breathing new life into this iconic Napa Valley estate. The transformation includes the introduction of a new groundbreaking aerial gondola – the only one of its kind at any winery – expanded tasting and tour offerings, as well as a comprehensive commitment to sustainability and fire mitigation.


Sterling Vineyards Gondola Tram

As part of the renovation, Sterling Vineyards replaced its beloved aerial gondola. The new gondola, designed and manufactured by Doppelmayr, offers larger, fully ADA accessible cabins and boasts 360-degree views of the northern Napa Valley – not seen previously. To take advantage of the breathtaking views, Sterling upgraded the gondola’s path of travel, offering guests a slightly longer ascent to take advantage of the unobstructed views of the Palisades and Vaca Mountains. Sterling remains the only winery with an aerial gondola and one of the few triangular shaped gondolas in the world, making it a one-of-a-kind experience.

Recognizing sustainability as a core value for the future of Napa, the Sterling Vineyards team intentionally designed the winery with its environmental impact in mind – the winery, including the aerial gondola is 100% powered by renewable energy. Additionally, drought resistant plants have been placed throughout the property and a new underground water tank was built to enhance sustainability and safety measures.


Sterling Vineyards aerial view

To prevent future disruptions to the land, Sterling Vineyards has taken extensive measures in the preservation and protection of the property, starting with fire mitigation efforts. This includes clearing burnt native hillsides, assessing all at risk wineries in the Calistoga community, and bringing in sheep to graze the land regularly.


Sterling Vineyard Experiences

New Experiences

With new and improved attractions and the core identity of the original winery, Sterling Vineyards welcomes long time visitors and newcomers alike to the property with four new experiences: The Sterling Stroll, Tour and Terrace Tasting, Hilltop Tasting, and The Founders Experience.

Guests interested in hosting private or corporate events can also book the St. Dunstan’s Room. Named after the signature bell’s that ring throughout the property, the St. Dunstan’s room welcomes up to 30 guests for an intimate wine tasting experience. All experiences include a round trip ride on Sterling’s Aerial Gondola.

Guests are now able to book tours and tastings. The property is open Thursday through Monday from 10 am to 5 pm. Advanced reservations are recommended and can be secured at sterlingvineyards.com.


Sterling Vineyards wines

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