The highlight of a tour of this big-business winery (with embarrassingly too-cool people on their website) is to ride on its aerial tram, which affords some fantastic views over the area as it takes you to the main building, which sits on a hill some 300 feet above the valley floor. To get the most out of it, budget plenty of time and go on a clear day, especially because the tram can be closed in stormy, windy, or overly hot weather. You have to pay the fee even if you don’t ride the tram, but the price also includes a tour (self-guided, not narrated) and a current-release tasting. They also offer more extensive tastings, including a food and wine experience for $75 per person. There aren’t many places in wine country where kids are welcomed or engaged, so the tram is definitely a top choice if you’re traveling with little ones. Picnicking is allowed. Interesting side note: The bells in the tower used to hang in St. Dunstan’s of Fleet Street, London, a church that was destroyed in World War II.
Napa Valley› Attraction
1111 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga
Our Rating Hours Daily 10–5pm Phone 800/726-6136 Prices $32; $15 for ages 4–21; under age 4 free Web site Sterling Vineyards
Map1111 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga Napa Valley
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