“Voted Best Wine Cave” -Bohemian Magazine

Not Your Typical Wine Tasting

Inside an ancient volcanic caldera at the southern-most tip of Napa Valley, you’ll discover a special kind of place, and a show-stopping portfolio of wines that showcase one of the most diverse vineyards in North America, made by one of the most talented winemakers of our time.

You’ll also come to learn about the only estate Barrel Cooperage in the U.S., and a Smuggler’s legacy of clones, cops and Cabernet…

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  • Contact

  • Winery Address

    270 Kreuzer Lane
    Napa, CA 94559

  • Hours

    Tastings are available by

    appointment only  –  10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm
    For parties up to 8



Tastings in the Caldwell Cave

Underground, inside a tasting room carved from solid rock within the walls of our 20,000 sf cave, you’ll enjoy a tasting of five current releases from our portfolio of 24 extraordinary estate wines, alongside a ploughman’s platter of artisan cheese and charcuterie carefully paired to add to your palate pleasure.

We’ll also share plenty of stories and tall tales of what’s gone down as part of our balls-to-the-wall commitment to doing anything in the name of making great wine.

Tastings last 2 hours, so plan accordingly.

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Sessions with the Smuggler

This is a virtual tasting with John F Caldwell, or our Master Cooper, Ramiro Herrera . The tasting includes six bottles of wine, custom curated based on availability and your interest, along with a 60-minute private tasting experience via Zoom. Gather your friends and make it a session to remember.

Notes to know
• Wine and pairing orders must be placed at least 10 days in advance of the Session so get everything in time.
• A ZOOM link will be provided with your Sessions confirmation.

$500 mininum per tasting pack Inquire


Private Tastings

The global pandemic of 2020 made sure we got pretty good at having a whole lotta fun, even if we can’t be in the cave together.

Our Virtual Tastings include the wine and 90-minutes of dedicated face-time with the legend himself, John Caldwell (a.k.a. JFC) and Mario (John’s Right-Hand Man).

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Customize Your Tasting

If there’s a wine or two you’ve heard about or something you’ve been dying to try, we’re happy to customize your tasting. We’ll talk about the wines whether you’re popping the corks with us or not. Tastings will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time after you’ve had time to receive your wines.

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From Napa CA:
Caldwell Vineyard: 270 Kreuzer Lane, Napa, California

PLEASE be mindful of your speed and keep it low & slow when driving the picturesque path to the cave. Gate is open Monday through Saturday from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The gate is closed on Sunday, so if you have an appointment on Sunday, please make sure to call us for the gate code.


  • Take Hwy 29 to the Imola Avenue exit. Head East (heading North, you’ll make a right off the exit and heading South you’ll make a left.)
  • Continue east on Imola Avenue for 2.9 miles. Imola turns into 4th Avenue. Drive 0.8 of a mile until the road splits on the sharp left turn ─ you’ll stay straight (bearing right off the main road) onto Kreuzer Lane.
  • Follow Kreuzer Lane through the gate and again ─ please drive slowly. Continue on the paved road for about 0.5 of a mile following signs for Caldwell. Make a hard right and follow the road down to the lower parking lot, past the cave.ll be on the right.

Napa Valley is located near several commercial airports:

  • 70 miles from San Francisco Intl. Airport (SFO)
  • 63 miles from Oakland Intl. Airport (OAK)
  • 75 miles from Sacramento Intl. Airport (SMF)
  • 94 miles from San Jose Intl. Airport (SJC)
  • 34 miles from Sonoma County Airport (STS)

Private airports are also available:

  • 10 miles from Napa County Airport (APC)
  • 40 miles from Buchanan Field Airport (CCR)