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Iconic Napa Valley Stalwart Sterling Vineyards Reopens


Three years after the Glass Fire forced its temporary closure. Sterling Vineyards is excited to reopen its doors and welcome visitors back beginning Sunday, October 29th. Over the past three years, the Sterling Vineyards team has dedicated themselves to an extensive renovation project, breathing new life into this iconic Napa Valley estate. The transformation includes the introduction of a new groundbreaking aerial gondola - the only one of its kind at any winery, expanded tasting and tour offerings, as well as a comprehensive commitment to sustainability and fire mitigation.


"The whole team at Sterling is thrilled to reopen our doors and welcome guests back to our newly renovated winery," explains Luke Magnini, Director of Hospitality at Sterling Vineyards. "We've embarked on a journey to revitalize and elevate the Sterling experience while preserving the timeless beauty and tradition that have made us a beloved Napa Valley destination. Guests can expect the same winery they have always known and loved with enhancements to signature Sterling offerings including our beloved aerial gondola."


As part of the renovation, Sterling Vineyards replaced its beloved aerial gondola. The new gondola,designed and manufactured by Doppelmayr, offers larger, fully ADA accessible cabins and boasts 360degree views of the northern Napa Valley – not seen previously. To take advantage of the breathtaking views, Sterling upgraded the gondola's path of travel, offering guests a slightly longer ascent to take advantage of the unobstructed views of the Palisades and Vaca Mountains. Sterling remains the only winery with an aerial gondola and one of the few triangular shaped gondolas in the world, making it a one-of-a-kind experience.


Recognizing sustainability as a core value for the future of Napa, the Sterling Vineyards team intentionally designed the winery with its environmental impact in mind– the winery, including the aerial gondola is 100% powered by renewable energy. Additionally, drought resistant plants have been placed throughout the property and a new underground water tank was built to enhance sustainability and safety measures.



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