Review: Sterling Vineyards

1111 Dunaweal Lane
Calistoga,CA 94515
1-800 726-6136

Set atop a small hillock in Napa Valley, Sterling Vineyards, may seem like one of the many vineyards in the area. But unlike the others, Sterling reachable only via its aerial tramway. Once at the top, enjoy wandering through art galleries and peering out at the lush surrounding area. The vineyard offers all visitors a complimentary tasting of five wines, plus a souvenir wine glass.

General admission includes tramway fee, self-guided tour, and wine tasting for $25 (visitors under 21 enter for $10 and children under 3 are free). Upgrade your admission price to taste the vineyards’ exclusive reserve wines.

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Hop aboard the Baylink Vallejo ferry, and then take the Napa VINE route 10 bus to Calistoga.

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A twenty-something Colorado native, Alison Kjeldgaard is an aspiring editor, avid reader, and obsessed tango dancer. She lived in Los Angeles for four years where she enjoyed running and lounging on the beach. She graduated in 2009 from Occidental College with two journalism internships under her belt, an English Literature degree, and a national economic crisis. Despite this, Alison has paid the bills working odd jobs and taking every chance she can to travel. So far, she has been to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Austria, Costa Rica, and Argentina. Alison recently moved to San Francisco from Denver, and is a freelance writer with a love of hiking, biking, caving and gold panning. Check out her magazine at