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  • Location:Napa, California
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tours

For an unparalleled Napa Valley experience, hop aboard the historic Napa Valley Wine Train! Travel through wine country in a restored antique train and stare out the large picture windows at the rolling hills and lush vineyards of St Helena, Oakville, Rutherford and Yountville. Enjoy a gourmet 3-course meal on board and hop off at the winery of your choice for a guided tour and tasting. This is the most scenic, relaxing and unique way to experience California's most renowned wine region.


  • Napa Valley Wine Train and winery experience
  • Visit one or two Napa wineries for a guided tour and wine-tasting session
  • Enjoy a scenic, relaxing 2-hour ride on the famous Napa Valley Wine Train
  • Savor a freshly prepared, gourmet 3-course lunch on board
  • Admire views of rolling vineyards on your travel through St Helena, Oakville, Rutherford and Yountville
  • Choose from four itineraries

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What You Can Expect

Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tours

Enjoy Wine Tasting in Napa Valley

Board the Napa Valley Wine Train in Downtown Napa and travel north through gorgeous Napa Valley. As you admire views of wine country, you'll be served a gourmet 3-course meal prepared to your specifications. The highly acclaimed onboard restaurant prides itself in using fresh ingredients and sustainable produce, as well as humanely raised meats and line-caught or farmed fish (see below for a sample menu).

You have the choice of three itinerary options, listed below. Please check in 30 minutes prior to boarding. All transfers and tastings are included.


Valley First Tour (offered every day)
Hop aboard a coach in Downtown Napa at 10am and head straight to Raymond Vineyards. View the vineyards and rolling hills of Napa Valley’s less-developed east side as you travel along the Silverado Trail.

When you arrive, your 1.5-hour tour begins with an introduction to the winery's history and organic farming practices. Walk between the picturesque rows of vines and learn what it means to grow biodynamic grapes -- those grown without the use of pesticides and artificial chemicals.

Sample several wines and test your senses to see how well you can identify certain flavors and aromas. Explore the extensive production space to see the machinery and facilities involved in the crushing, fermentation, bottling and storage of wine, and finish your tour with an opportunity to purchase some of Raymond's wines.

Head to the train station around 12:30pm. You'll be welcomed aboard the train with a wine tasting before being invited to sit back, relax and enjoy the views as you travel north to the quaint town of St Helena. Along the way, you'll pass through Oakville, Rutherford and Yountville, home to The French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s world-famous restaurant.

Enjoy your 4-course meal in the dining car and enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine from the bar (own expense).

Grgich Hills Tour (offered every day)
Board the train at 10:50am and head to the Petite Gourmet Car for your meal. Enjoy views of Napa Valley while you eat as you travel north to Rutherford.

Disembark at Grgich Hills Estate for a 1-hour private tour and tasting. Grgich Hills Estate is an award-winning family-owned winery committed to biodynamic grape growing. Walk around the vineyards and get a behind-the-scenes look at the cellar before ending with a private tasting led by one of the wine educators. You may even meet Mike Grgich himself!

After your winery experience, re-board the train and head to the lounge car for dessert and coffee. Spend the remaining hour of your trip relaxing with your fellow travelers or exploring the rest of the train. You’ll arrive in Downtown Napa around 2:30pm.

Ambassador Tour (offered daily)
Your experience begins with an educational wine seminar at the Napa train station. A wine educator will speak about wine tasting and grape growing in Napa Valley as you taste some wines and ask any questions you have.

After boarding the train around 11am, enjoy lunch right away in the Petite Gourmet Car. Marvel at the beautiful western side of Napa Valley while you eat, and then head to the lounge car for coffee and dessert.

Disembark in St. Helena and continue to Napa Valley's oldest winery, Charles Krug Winery, owned by Peter Mondavi and family. Charles Krug has beautiful grounds and a history dating back to 1861. Here, guests will enjoy a 1-hour tour and tasting.

Hop aboard a luxury coach for a transfer to Raymond Vineyards, arriving around 1:45pm for a 1-hour tour and tasting. Explore Raymond's winemaking facilities and taste wine directly from the barrel. Your visit concludes with a tasting of select Raymond Reserve and Small Lot series red and white wines.

A leisurely 30-minute drive south on the scenic Silverado Trail takes you back to the Downtown Napa train station around 4pm.

Sample Menu

Appetizer (choose one)
Baby lettuce salad with candied walnuts and smoked goat cheese in a honey cider vinaigrette
Soup du jour

Main Course (choose one)
Roasted beef tenderloin on a black truffle potato cake with onion and cambozola cheese
Grilled pork tenderloin stuffed with wild mushroom polenta on vegetables in a truffle port reduction sauce
Coriander chicken breast in a wild mushroom pappardelle pasta with pesto
Grilled salmon on fingerling potatoes and sautéed baby spinach in a coconut curry broth topped with a calamari salad
Winter squash polenta with a spinach-ricotta portabella and yam-stuffed pepper in a tomato-basil coulis

Changes daily

One glass of wine (Valley First option only)
Coffee and tea
Espresso, cappuccino, soft drinks, juices and mineral water (additional cost)

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour, excellent food on the train! Pullman train cars were impressive.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

5 stars -Excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We enjoyed everything about the tour - the train ride, the entire staff, and wineries and guides, and of course, the wines. We especially enjoyed learning more about what all is involved in making wines, the planting of various types of vines, insect and bird control, etc.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Food was fantastic. And getting to taste the wine after hours was a definite pleasure. The train ride was an experience by itself. Loved every minute.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had a wonderful time. The staff was friendly and upbeat, the food was delicious, and the wine tours were fantastic. I would do it again and I would recommend this wine train to my friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This is a lovely train ride thru the wine country and the food was delicious. The wine tours are an added plus.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

I read about this tour before leaving the UK and it sounded very good. I booked for both my wife and myself.
We were staying in Napa in a rented RV so were able to walk to the station. Here we found fantastic suroundings. Staff who made us very welcome. Soon we were on our way by coach to the Vineyard.The Tour Guide was excellent and the information provided was enough and interesting. The wine was great. Back on the coach for a short trip before joining the train. There is only one word for it FANTASTIC. It was a step back in time. The food on the train was excellent. We were sat with a gentleman from Los Angelles who we had a long conversation with during our journey. All of the staff on the train were excellent and very friendly. We both enjoyed the trip very much. When we got back to Napa we sat in the staion building for quite a while just taking everything in before making our walk back to our RV / Camsite where we collapsed from sher enjoyment. The night before we had travelled up from San Francisco. This had been quite stressfull for a fuirst time drive in our RV. However the day on the train took all that stress away and set the pace for the next 16 wonderful days in Califorina. If you like food, wine and trains this is a trip not to be missed. One I would recomend and one that we will undertake again when we return to California in October 2016. Paul and Rose Taylor Gloucester UK

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Absolutely wonderful! Excellent food and service on train. Great ride. Exceptional winery tour (Mary at Raymond James). Delightful afternoon.

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