Brannan Cottage Inn


Winter in the Wineries Passport Package

Savor the best of Napa Valley during Winter in the Wineries (Dec. 2, 2017 – Feb. 4, 2018).  Calistoga’s annual wine passport event provides the perfect relaxed, romantic getaway during Cabernet Season.  Come discover legendary wineries and small hidden gems sprinkled around Calistoga.  You’ll appreciate the slower pace of this special time of year, and soak up a bit more personal attention along the way. With tastings at 17 exquisite wineries that express the beauty of this distinct winegrowing region, you may want to make more than one trip to explore them all.

Package includes:
– 15% off best available rate on luxurious King or Queen accommodation
– 2 Winter in the Wineries tasting passports ($60 each; valued at $400 per person), with complimentary tasting flight at 17 participating wineries
– Cheese & charcuterie plate on arrival
– Hot springs pool, sauna & steam room access at UpValley Inn & Hot Springs, our nearby sister hotel
– Continental breakfast included in room rate
– subject to availability; black out dates apply.

Already have your Passport? You can save 10% on your stay by booking our WITW Passportholder rate (subject to availability; must mention at time of booking. May not be combined with any other rate or discount or applied to existing reservations.  Call 707-942-4200 or email for availability or to make a reservation.

Are you a social media animal? Share your good times with the hashtag #TastesFromTheTop. 

Your Winter in the Wineries lineup is below. Please note some wineries require advance reservation; all others are drop-in.
August Briggs Winery  – By Appointment
Bennett Lane Winery  -By Appointment
Castello di Amorosa
Chateau Montelena
Hans Fahden Vineyards – By Appointment
Heibel Ranch Vineyards – By Appointment
Helena View Johnston Vineyards – By Appointment
Laura Michael Wines – By Appointment
Madrigal Family Winery – By Appointment
Maldonado Vineyards
Picayune Cellars & Mercantile
Romeo Vineyards & Cellars
Sterling Vineyards
Tamber Bey Vineyards *By Appointment
Tank Garage Winery
T-Vine Winery
Von Strasser Winery / Lava Vine Winery – *By Appointment

Travel dates: December 2, 2017 – February 4, 2018
All guests who book this package must be 21 years of age or older. Valid ID required upon check in. Subject to availability; black out dates apply. Not available 12/24/1 – 1/2/18

Passports make a great gift for the wine lover in your life! Call us at 707-942-4200 for more details.

Wine Country, Uncorked – Exclusive Wine Excursions with Chloe Johnston Experiences

Wine Country, Uncorked

Beginning June 2017, Chloe Johnston Experiences will be traveling to both Napa and Sonoma Valleys for three exclusive wine getaways. Each itinerary highlights a different winery, two of which are closed to the public, and affords guests an opportunity to experience winemaking from a vintner’s vantage point. Along with intimate tours and tastings, guests will have a chance to wander around these beautiful properties and partake in different stages of production. There will also be ample time to explore the quaint towns where each of these vineyards are located and to enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation at your own pace.  (We know that even the most avid wine enthusiasts need to give their palate a respite!) Discover hidden vineyards and tasting rooms, indulge in exquisite farm to table cuisine, and experience the great outdoors, wine country-style. Hot air balloon rides, kayaking, kite-flying, cycling and golfing are all on the agenda, as is lounging in a detoxifying cedar bath or unwinding with a luxurious aroma therapy full body massage. Your wish is our command.

Join us for one or all three. Brannan Cottage Inn is proud to be the exclusive accommodation for these amazing excursions.

June 22nd – June 26th

September 28th – October 2nd

November 2nd – November 6th

Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or just beginning to develop your nose, Chloe Johnston Experience’s Wine Country Uncorked is an adventure not to be missed. For detailed pricing and itineraries, please email us at

Knight’s Valley

JUNE 22ND – JUNE 26TH 2017

Join us for a memorable wine getaway featuring access to an elite, private vineyard, rarely open to outsiders. This coveted stretch of land and its glorious vines have been transformed into one of the most prolific vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, yet remains distinctly low-profile. Renowned for its terroir, this Knights Valley winery uses one acre for its own label while the remaining 15 are cultivated by select winemakers such as Luc Morlet.

A fourth generation winemaker whose sensibilities reflect a long cultivated family philosophy of “passion, terroir and savior-faire,” Morlet is one of viticulture’s most exceptional talents. During your tour, you will have the chance to learn more about this exceptional talent—and, to sip on his award-winning, small batch cabernet sauvignon. You’ll also indulge in award-winning wines paired with delicious homemade food pulled from the vintner’s personal kitchen. Served in a spectacular setting with unforgettable views and impeccable wines, this memory will linger in your mind—and on your lips—for a lifetime.




Our second wine experience takes you to a very special, organically farmed vineyard renowned for its luscious, award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon handcrafted with the ultimate expertise and care by legendary winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown. Since its inaugural vintage, this Dry Creek Valley winery has consistently received high accolades from The Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator and Vinous Media. Elevated 500 feet above the Russian River and overflowing with flora, fauna and amazing wine, this is one of the region’s prettiest and ambitious vineyards, typically not showcased the way our guests will have the opportunity to experience.

The highlight of your journey delivers you to a 75-acre vineyard heavily wooded with Spanish Oaks, Giant Coastal Redwoods and Sequoias. Each of your five senses will come to life as you breath in the land’s rich aromas, and natural and manmade beauty. Take in all its outdoor and indoor beauty, and learn every detail of the elaborate vinification process. Together, we’ll enjoy a leisurely tour of its meticulous and lush property, discovering and discussing every detail of the elaborate vinification process and the region’s unique climate.

Afterward, our hosts will lead us to where we’ll share an organic, family-style meal complete with the winery’s legendary heirloom tomatoes, and, of course, bottles—a few named after one of the owner’s famed Jersey Boys Broadway play. During your visit, you’ll indulge in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, not typically open to the public, joining the harvesting team in one of the most crucial steps in the winemaking process.



Our three-part wine winds down in Calistoga, a mecca for wine aficionados seeking luxurious therapeutic
beauty and wellness treatments, outdoor adventure, arts and culture, to-die-for cuisine, incredible views, and, of course, delectable wines. While visiting our featured winery, you and your fellow travelers will experience both the winemakers’, and owners’, very special vision for the terroir and wine. From its exceptional collection of art, to its inviting architecture, and elegant, full-bodied wines, this extraordinary destination  seamlessly captures old world tradition while blazing its future vision—quite magical.