Not Your Typical Wine Tasting

Discover a portfolio of 24 extraordinary wines showcasing one of the most diverse vineyards in the United States, made by one of the most talented winemakers of our time.

  • 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

Inside a tasting room carved from solid rock, situated underground inside an ancient volcanic caldera… We elevate the whole wine tasting thing with carefully paired gourmet artisan cheese and charcuterie while discussing the finer points about what it means to be the country’s only estate wine barrel cooperage.

These elements are woven into a story more suited to Hollywood than Napa about a Smuggler’s legacy of clones, cops, and Cabernet…

Discover a portfolio of 24 extraordinary wines showcasing one of the most diverse vineyards in the United States, made by one of the most talented winemakers of our time.

$130 per guest Request a Tasting


Sessions with the Smuggler

Join John, Mario (John’s right-hand man) and/or Marc (our winemaker), live, unrated and uncut, on Zoom, for a series of five Virtual Tasting Sessions.

Each Session will include two or three wines while you get a front-row seat to the inner-sanctum details of all things Caldwell. We can offer refrigerated service on all case orders while passing along only the ground service shipping expense. A ZOOM link will be provided with your Sessions confirmation.

Notes to know
• Wine and pairing orders must be placed at least 10 days in advance of the Session so get everything in time.
• If you’re not buying wine (cause you already have it in your cellar) but still wanna hang, RSVP and we’ll shoot you the details.
• Yes, you can invite friends because we don’t have to worry about County visitation limits online.

$150-$550 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.

Customize your tasting


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)