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Address: 2820 Saint Helena Hwy N, St. Helena, CA 94574-9655
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Great winery and no tasting fee

We had a wonderful visit to this small boutique winery next to Markham winery. We sampled 3 wines complimentary and ultimately purchased a couple of bottles. Our host, Helen was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ian M
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful visit to this small boutique winery next to Markham winery. We sampled 3 wines complimentary and ultimately purchased a couple of bottles. Our host, Helen was delightful and very knowledgeable. She really made the experience so much more pleasant than some of the more impersonal wineries in the Napa Valley. Often Napa is an expensive trip,... More 

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Thank Ian M
Show Low, Arizona
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167 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Nice broad selections and reasonably priced for a small producer. Be sure to try the Port. It is one of the best we found this trip. Great and friendly service!

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Thank R H
Morgan B, Manager at Ballentine Vineyards, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the nice review! As a small winery, the positive feedback we receive from guests is very meaningful to our business. I'm so glad you had fun and enjoyed our wines; that's our aim! Warm regards, Morgan Bacigalupi Tasting Room Manager More 

Morehead City, North Carolina
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Visited with Platypus Tours and thanks to being here at the right time of the year got to see the whole wine making process. Sturdy reds - especially the cab franc - and very helpful and friendly staff (Morgan).

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We were taken here by our SFO friends who belong to a wine club.The welcome was warm and genuine and the service impeccable.The wine was so good we had to buy a wine carrier from them to transport the dozen bottles we bought back to the UK.We are still drinking it now on a very selective basis !.Holly who looked... More 

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Morgan B, Manager at Ballentine Vineyards, responded to this review

Hi Alan, Thank you so much for sharing your kind words and sincere recommendation. As a small winery, we so appreciate and rely upon good reviews. I agree - Holly is a true asset, and we are so lucky to have her! I'm glad you are enjoying your Ballentine wines. Hopefully, you'll return to Napa Valley in the future. We'll... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Fantastic wines at a small, boutique winery. Great Zinfandel, Petit Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Highly recommended for a visit.

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Gainesville, Florida
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

We visited this winery first on our wine tour and really enjoyed our tasting with the hostess, whose knowledge and professionalism were appreciated. The wines were very good and we even purchased a few bottles. I do not normally drink white wines, but the Malvasia Bianca was delightful!

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Rockford, Illinois
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016

So happy we stopped in for a tasting at Ballentine Vineyards. Our hostess welcomed us like long lost relatives. A cheerful, though smaller tasting bar. Delightful wines blended on a small scale. Definitely worth a stop, no reservations required.

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Austin, Texas
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

This is he only wine club we have ever joined in our three years of going to Napa. It's small and you go for the wine. Delicious!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

We had a 2 for 1 so we stopped in. No one was there but my wife and I and Holly who helped us. She told us the entire history and spent time talking us through everything (including some more in depth wine processes). After that she sent us across the street to Freemark where we had another great experience.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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465 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

Wonderful boutique winery!! I had never heard of Ballentine. It was just on a whym we decided to stop. I am glad a did!! The have a wonderful variety of red wines. Their tasting room is small so I might suggest calling ahead. We samples a variety of Reds and 98% of them I loved!! I am really picky. The... More 

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