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Vintner JC Boisset plans café, distillery for Calistoga Depot

Vintner JC Boisset plans café, distillery for Calistoga Depot

Calistoga Depot

After gaining approval from the City of Calistoga, the iconic Calistoga Depot, formerly painted yellow, was painted white in August, 2020. 

Jean-Charles Boisset, French vintner and the proprietor of the Boisset Collection, has submitted plans to the City of Calistoga for an upscale café and small distillery/brewing operation in the historic Calistoga Depot.

The Boisset Collection operates 28 wineries in California, France, and Canada. Boisset also owns the Oakville Grocery, an upscale food, wine, and gift store. Calistoga Depot Provisions would be modeled on that outlet, offering cheese, charcuterie, other gourmet foods, and wine. There is also outdoor seating planned. 

The project is designed for the entire interior of the Depot, and will come before the Calistoga Planning Commission Wednesday, Aug. 11.

Plans also include the addition of a small microbrewery, with limited on-site production, a glass-enclosed barrel room, and spirits tasting experience including a water bar featuring water from local springs. 

The Depot underwent another transformation last year when a historic train car was removed from the interior, and the exterior was painted white by the owners of the property, the Merchant family.

Boisset’s interest in historical sites includes the purchase and restoration of a historic mansion next to the Oakville Grocery into 1881 Napa, a wine history museum.

22 Ford Model T classic cars rolled into Calistoga and turned heads with their wooden wheels and brass fittings.

You can reach Cynthia Sweeney at 942-4035 or

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The Weekly Calistogan Editor

Cynthia Sweeney has been editor of The Weekly Calistogan since July, 2018. Previously, she was a reporter for the St. Helena Star, and North Bay Business Journal. She also spent a significant amount of time freelancing in Hawaii.

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