We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 169 Kreuzer Ln, Napa, CA 94559-3604
Phone Number:
+1 707-255-1294
10:00 - 16:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 60 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 56
  • 0
    Very good
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
John F'ing' Caldwell is a true Napa Gem

Our tour guide, Eclectic Tours, booked a private tasting in the Caldwell cave with John Caldwell. His friends take the F in his middle name and expand it into an expletive which... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2016
Streetsboro, Ohio
Add Photo Write a Review

60 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 56: English reviews
Streetsboro, Ohio
Level Contributor
40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2016

Our tour guide, Eclectic Tours, booked a private tasting in the Caldwell cave with John Caldwell. His friends take the F in his middle name and expand it into an expletive which he has engraved on wine glasses. The experience is like none other. The tasting room in the cave has a huge 8'+ round concrete table with incredible ambiance.... More 

Thank jms132
Level Contributor
143 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2015

We stayed a week in Napa and tasted all day all week. This place stood out. Great view. Great cave tour. The tasting is expensive and so are the wines. Bryan Toy, the general manager led our tour and tasting. What an experience! We're wine lovers as well as fun lovers, and we had a a lot of fun with... More 

Thank RMZR1
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
561 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2015 via mobile

This was our first stop in Napa and we arrived on a beautiful sunny day to a warm welcome from John Caldwell who delighted in taking the mickey out of us and our shiny red Mustang convertible! Bryan Toy led our tasting and the laid-back, chatty approach was a great introduction to the region. I learned a bit about wine... More 

Thank Sorellina
Little Rock, Arkansas
Level Contributor
125 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

The stories of John the smuggler are legendary. His wines are becoming so as well. We had the opportunity to visit his property, taste some amazing wines in his cave, and hear the stories from the legend himself. I loved Rocket Science and all of the others. We bought a bunch. If you can arrange it...you have to go.

Thank bharrison
North Carolina
Level Contributor
38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

My husband & I were blown away by our wine tasting experience at Caldwell Winery in early July. It was truly a pleasure meeting and being served some amazing wine by the owner himself, John Caldwell. The tasting took place in a gorgeous dome-shaped room built into the walls of the wine cave. Over the course of almost two hours,... More 

1 Thank JDA95
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

Struggling to put words around the experience at Caldwell with Brian and JFC, himself. There's definitely nothing like it. Tons of fun and some of the best wine we've ever had. We will definitely be back.

1 Thank Justin E
Ontario's Highlands, Canada
Level Contributor
145 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2015 via mobile

We visited 7 wineries this week and the Calwell tasting was top notch. First of all, the owner, Mr. Caldwell, was a charming hoot. Personable and irreverent. Very entertaining. Our tasting was lead by the only Master Cooper in North America. Fascinating. The wine were typically good, but we were able to tast bottle after bottle after bottle. We even... More 

1 Thank M C
Coppell, Texas
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2015

Brian gave us our first cave tour ever and it was our 5 winery of the day. Let me tell you the service was amazing beyond our expectations. We visited over 11 wineries and this by far was our favorite. They have the whole package from private tasting(1 on1), with amazing wine( The best we had) and awesome views. See... More 

2 Thank Patrick L
Redding, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2015

A group of 6 girls were in Napa Valley for 5 days to celebrate a birthday. This was by far our favorite stop and experience of the entire trip. John was beyond phenomenal. A one of a kind gem that we were so grateful to get to meet and hear story after story while tasting exquisite wine. Had so much... More 

1 Thank Rebekah N
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2014

My fiance and I went here earlier today and were so blown away...hence the immediate tripadvisor review. Not only is the location and story behind the winery unique, but the way their tours and tastings are run are far superior to any other vineyard. The vineyard is completely underground in a cave, unlike any other. The laid-back, non-pretentious, approach is... More 

2 Thank msilber

Travellers who viewed Caldwell Winery also viewed


Been to Caldwell Winery? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Caldwell Winery and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Caldwell Winery staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?