Platypus Wine Tours



The northernmost town in the Napa Valley, Calistoga is known for old-west charm, unique wines, natural geothermal hot springs and down-home hospitality. On our wine tours, we visit wineries in Calistoga frequently. It is a favorite among our tour guests!

Calistoga wines offer distinctive flavors produced from diverse soil types and geology. Volcanic activity formed the bedrock eons ago, and today we get the chance to enjoy the resulting fine wines of the area. Exploring through Calistoga wineries is a genuine treat, and we particularly love to tour through the area’s historic, and boutique, family-owned wineries.

The modern history Calistoga dates back to the mid-1800s, when the region’s natural hot springs attracted attention and inspired Sam Brannon to build a resort town modeled on Saratoga Springs, NY. Using his influence as California’s first millionaire, Brannon got a railroad and ferry system in place to bring vacationers from gold-rich San Francisco.

Today, Calistoga remains a compelling and romantic getaway for people looking to relax at one of the many resorts featuring these very same hot springs, followed by a tour of Calistoga wineries. It’s hard to imagine a better way to relax than by taking in this charming, historic and beautiful town.

Our Napa Valley tours feature some truly memorable Calistoga wineries, complete with picturesque grounds, intimate tasting rooms and delicious wines. The downtown itself boasts many interesting restaurants and shops with tasting rooms highlighting incredible wines from Calistoga wineries.

We’d love to show you the beautiful town of Calistoga and help you uncover the hidden-gem Calistoga wineries on our Napa Valley Join-in tour or on a Private Wine Tour. Explore the town and the much-celebrated attractions located here.

Be sure check out this listing of some of our favorite wineries in Calistoga below. Since we have nurtured warm relationships with these establishments for many years, we are able to provide enhanced and very informative visits for our guests, including behind-scenes experiences not usually available to the general public.

Here is a handy directory of many of wine country’s best wineries.  You can use this directory while creating a custom, Private Tour.  Please note that Join-in Tour wineries are selected by our experienced guides.

Address: 3340 Hwy 128, Calistoga, CA 94515
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Located at the very north end of the Napa Valley, with spectacular views of the rugged Palisades and Mount St. Helena. The home of more than 50 90+ point wines from the leading wine publications.

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(707) 942-6684
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Address: 331 Silverado Trail N, Calistoga, CA 94515
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This property sits along the Silverado Trail corridor into beautiful Calistoga at the foot of the Palisade Mountains. With a clean slate of 2.25 acres to build their dream, the parcel was purchased and Brian and Arden set in to make that dream a reality. Four years later, in 2014, the winery was ready for its first harvest in the new building with state-of-the-art equipment.  In May of 2015 the hospitality center was opened and the pouring began with the opening of a 2008 Cabernet Franc.

With a small team of highly educated wine lovers, three dogs and two winemakers on hand, Brian Arden Winery runs as small family business producing less than 2500 cases a year.

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