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

Highlights

  • 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 four itinerary options, listed below. Please check in 30 minutes prior to boarding. All transfers and tastings are included.

Itinerary

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 Monday through Thursday)
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 Rutherford at Grgich Hills Winery and 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.

Your wine-tasting journey continues with a visit to ZD Wines for another 1-hour tour and tasting. This family-operated winery uses organic methods and solar-powered machinery, as you'll discover on your tour. Stop in the cellar and view what's fermenting, and then take a look at the next step in the winemaking process. Finish with a tasting of current-release wines paired with nuts, fruits and cheeses while overlooking beautiful Napa Valley.

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

Domaine Chandon Tour (offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)
When you arrive at the Napa train station, you’ll receive a seminar on what to expect throughout the day. Then, board the train and head to the Petite Gourmet Car for your elegant meal service.

Travel north through Napa Valley as you savor your lunch, followed by dessert and coffee in the lounge car. After dessert, disembark in Rutherford at Grgich Hills Winery and board a private shuttle for a drive to Domaine Chandon, where you’ll enjoy a 1-hour tour and tasting.

Explore the beautiful vineyards and production room with your guide, and learn about the history of the winery's French founders. This legendary winery specializes in sparkling wines, which you’ll sample during your tasting session. You’ll have time to relax and purchase items before boarding the shuttle and heading back to Downtown Napa 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

Dessert
Changes daily

Drinks
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 July 2014

My wife and I had a great time. The tour was well organized and everything ran on time.
We did this on the hottest day of the year, so gratefully the rail-cars were air conditioned and comfortable.
The food was great and the wine even better.
We are recommending this trip to all our friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Fantastic!!!! My birthday trip could not have gone better!

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