Kuleto Winery

St. Helena, California

View from Kuleto Estate
View from Kuleto Estate. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

Kuleto Estate winery is the creation of culinary entrepreneur Pat Kuleto, who is responsible for many of the Bay Area's best-known restaurants. The estate is not only his winery but also his home. For this rustic setting, he chose rustic decor, charming in every detail and has a feeling of permanence seldom found outside Europe. 

Tours start in the tasting room or outside under a vine-covered arbor and include artisan cheeses selected to complement the wines.

Tasting tours also include a walk around the gardens, wine glass in hand, with some great opportunities to take in the views. Take a quick virtual tour with this video

The Experience at Kuleto

At Kuleto, the wine-tasting experience is all about the wine. And the view. The surroundings are pleasant and the staff is low-key and friendly. The short walking tour of the grounds will take you to that gorgeous view you see in the picture.

Kuleto doesn't offer winery tours and they focus more on helping you enjoy their wines than on how those wines were produced.

What’s Amazing at Kuleto Estate

Sitting high in the mountains above Napa Valley and St. Helena, Kuleto's most notable characteristic is its location, with expansive views of its surroundings and hardly a bit of civilization in sight.

Kuleto Estate Will Be Great For You If:

If you like to get off the beaten path, you'll love Kuleto. The location and views alone are worth the trip.

 

You like your wine tasting low-key and friendly. The tasting experience at Kuleto is laid back, more like a friend introducing you to their favorite vintages than a formal event.

Online reviewers report having pulled off some very successful marriage proposals at Kuleto, and it sounds like their staff is more than willing to be your accomplices.

The Wines at Kuleto Estate

Kuleto produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Syrah and Zinfandel wines. The winemaker gets a lot of variety to work with: They have 82 individual vineyard blocks, three distinctive soil types, and a range of elevations and exposures.

As of late 2009, Kuleto Estate's last four vintages garnered a total of 24 ratings of 90 or higher. However, what most people remember about Kuleto is not the wine but the place.

What Others Think About Kuleto Estate

Online reviewers give Kuleto a very high percentage of Excellent ratings. They all rave about the view - and like that it's off the beaten path (but worth the trip). A few reviewers complain that there is no winery tour. It gets 4.5 stars out of 5 at Yelp.

You can also read visitor reviews of Kuleto at Yelp.

What You Need to Know Before You Go

Kuleto is open daily and reservations are required. Anyone under 21 years old is not allowed - and neither are pets.

It's a long drive up to Kuleto from Napa Valley and when you get there, your mobile phone may be showing "no bars." Allow plenty of time before (and after) your visit and let your friends know you'll be out of touch for a while.

The Basics

This section is where you’ll find all the basic information that some people want to see and others want to ignore.

Kuleto is located in the Hennessey Basin on the eastern rim of the Napa Valley. Their vines grow between 800 and 1,450 feet. They're a small production winery, making about 10,000 cases per year. All of their wines are estate grown.

Bill Foley, owner of Foley Family Wines, purchased Kuleto in 2009. He is providing the resources needed to ensure that wine quality will continue to improve.

Getting to Kuleto Estate

2470 Sage Canyon Road
St Helena CA
Kuleto Estate Website

As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with a complimentary wine tasting for the purpose of reviewing Kuleto Estate. While it has not influenced this review, TripSavvy.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.