Calistoga Wine Tours and Gift Shop open at Depot | Business


Designed to retain some of its smoker-car authenticity, the wagon where a new vineyard tour and gift shop is located is adorned with burgundy-colored velvet curtains, supple beige leather armchairs, new but fresh trunks. antique look and an assortment of gift items.

Calistoga Wine Tours and Gift Shop recently opened in the front car of Calistoga Depot across from CalMart and offers exactly what the name suggests – wine tours and gift items.

“We wanted to provide Calistogans with a shop and a place where people who are waiting for their wine tour van to pick them up can shop and have the opportunity to meet new friends,” said Karen Fahden, co-owner of the wine shop. ‘business.

There is a waiting area at the front of the wagon where people can sit and relax before and after the daily wine tours, or buy a souvenir of their trip to the wine country, Fahden said.

There are items like candles and candle holders, copper mugs, coffee mugs, wine pourers, tea towels, vases, wall and table decorations, etc.

Wine tours focus on Calistoga wineries and offer two types of tours. The daily tour takes guests to three (or four if time permits) pre-arranged local wineries and includes a packed lunch that will be offered to eat at a hilltop winery. Luxury vans can accommodate eight passengers and can be booked for groups. The cost is $ 125 per person and includes lunch, but not the cost of the tastings, although some wineries offer a discount through the travel agent.

The second type of tour is a private wine tour with the travel agency making all arrangements. An experienced driver with a good knowledge of the wine estates will drive up to eight people to the various appointments. Cost is $ 95 per person with a four hour minimum and does not include lunch, although arrangements can be made.

The daily tour does not need reservations, although they are recommended. Those interested can show up to the wagon at 9.45 a.m. and “get on board,” Fahden said. Tours usually last until 3 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.

Calistoga Wine Tours and Gift Shop is located at 1458 Lincoln Ave.


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