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“Becoming overpriced + too crowded -- no longer worth it”
Review of V. Sattui Winery

V. Sattui Winery
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Small-Group Napa Wine Tour With Castello di Amorosa And Lunch
Ranked #3 of 119 things to do in St. Helena
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: V. Sattui Winery is a family-owned property located in the heart of Napa Valley, which was founded in 1885 and makes more than 60 different wines with dozens of 90+ point rated wines among its current vintages. It is a stunning, must-see Napa Valley destination for picnics, weddings and events, offering an impressively robust Cheese Shop with more than 200 selections, an excellent Deli directed by Chef Gerardo Sainato, and a Salumeria directed by Stefano Masanti. The sprawling estate includes two-dozen picnic tables nestled beneath ancient Valley Oak trees and tri-level terraces that overlook beautifully manicured gardens and vineyards.
Reviewed 24 September 2017

One word: Fustercluck.

Somehow, becoming overpriced STILL doesn't deter the hordes and masses from congregating here, especially on weekends. (Maybe, MAYBE, you will fare better on a weekday or during the off-season ie. dead of winter)

We are locals, and V. Sattui was the final stop on my very first visit to Napa, some 15 years ago... and on many visits since. Partly because I am a local, and partly because they have some unique offerings of fortified wines and decent (and more reasonably priced) whites, we have bought a few cases here over the last few years, and became wine members... but that's about to change:

1) Way, way too busy. Just too many people (including throngs of little children running all over the place -- NOT what I want when I want to go relax at a winery)

2) Prices are going up too much. When I first started coming here 15 years ago, tastings were FREE. Then, as times went on, they added a tasting fee (fair enough), but it was more reasonable than most of the Valley, at (I think) $10. Now it is $20 per person, on par with just about anywhere else...

And the wines themselves are often overpriced for what they are. Some of the whites are lesser-known Alsace/German varietals we enjoy (Riesling, Gewurztraminer), and those are somewhat reasonable in price (currently $25-$30... not a bargain, but affordable)... but none of the reds are anything special, especially not for the pricetag (usually $40+)

We also like some of their fortified/dessert wines, BUT...

3) They are sold out of their good Port (the 1998 Port) -- this was a full-size (750 mL) bottle of excellent aged ruby port for $55. They have replaced it with a much lower-grade (more oxidized/tawny) 15-year port, while also (deceptively) raising the pricetag to $66/bottle (It is deceptive, because it is $44/bottle, but the bottle size is now only 500 mL.)

Maybe I'd pop back in again, on a Wednesday, on a rainy day in January, HOPING not to deal with the herds of people and the sub-par-but-overpriced-wines... but maybe not, since their prices are rapidly skyrocketing (looks like they are increasing about 20% per year these days...)

Not worth it.

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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Really nice day out here.

Friendly, knowledgeable staff and great tasting session with top notch wines.

Added benefit of an on site deli and picnic area too, so you can have your wine and eat with it!

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Reviewed 19 September 2017

Very nice Winery to stop at, they are usually crowded in the Wine Tasting room, they have a few really good wines. However they have a awesome "Deli" with a very large selection of fresh Meats, Cheese, Bread, etc .... They also have a large outside picnic and grass area to enjoy the Wine and Deli. You can also get Sandwiches in the deli as well as dessert, and many different types of condiments to take with you. Many times on weekends they also do BBQ's outdoors during the summer. Overall one of the better wineries for the overall experience, maybe not the best if you are strictly looking for fine wines, but one of the best for ambiance and overall amenities. Is a bit difficult to see / find, and there is only one entrance.

Thank Rod B
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

I visited 9 wineries on my trip to Napa, this was the only one the tour guide adamantly said to NOT eat a grape! In fact, every other place wanted you to try one! Other than that, this winery was great. The wines were good and the grounds beautiful. Try to get a tasting in the cellar - very nice. The gift shop has lots of food to try as well as more wines to taste. Wish I had more time at this winery to do an inside tasting that consisted of more wines that I was interested in.

Thank LSU_1
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

We made the mistake of booking a tour and tasting. The tour was ten minutes and definitely not worth the extra ten dollars a person. The draw at this winery is the food it is fresh and delicious. If I had a redo I would just buy a bottle, a set up and lunch and enjoy it on their grounds
I had a 2 for 1 coupon from our b&b but because I had booked the tour they would not honor it. My mistake ....

Thank italiancan
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