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Overview

Take a memorable ride through world-famous vineyards aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train, complete with a gourmet lunch. Settle into the gorgeously refurbished historic train and enjoy the passing scenery through large picture windows. Savor a three-course lunch in an antique dining car as you roll through the charming towns and sprawling vineyards of Napa Valley. Disembark at your choice of winery for a guided tour and tasting. It’s the most relaxing, elegant way to see Napa!
  • 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
Skip the stress of driving and experience Napa in style with a ride on the renowned Napa Valley Wine Train! This historic train has been lovingly restored to its original splendor and offers a unique and leisurely way to explore the world-famous winemaking region. Admire rolling vineyards and mountain ridges through large viewing windows, and roll through the picturesque towns of St Helena, Oakville, Rutherford and Yountville.

Seated in an elegantly appointed dining car, savor a gourmet three-course meal from the highly rated onboard restaurant. Make your selections from a menu featuring sustainably farmed meat and fresh local produce.

Visit one or two local wineries for a guided tour and tasting, depending on the option selected at booking. See Itinerary below for complete tour details and a sample menu. All tours include tasting fees and transfers.

Itinerary

Raymond Vineyards: 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: 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: 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 vinaigretteSoup du jour
Main Course (choose one)Roasted beef tenderloin on a black truffle potato cake with onion and cambozola cheeseGrilled pork tenderloin stuffed with wild mushroom polenta on vegetables in a truffle port reduction sauceCoriander chicken breast in a wild mushroom pappardelle pasta with pestoGrilled salmon on fingerling potatoes and sautéed baby spinach in a coconut curry broth topped with a calamari saladWinter squash polenta with a spinach-ricotta portabella and yam-stuffed pepper in a tomato-basil coulis
DessertChanges daily
DrinksOne glass of wine (Valley First option only)Coffee and teaEspresso, cappuccino, soft drinks, juices and mineral water (additional cost)

Reviews

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s
, Nov 2017

From the Shuttle to the Group Guide to the Vineyard Guide to the Train was absolutely an incredible experience too incredible for words. Just do it!

J
, Nov 2017

Enjoyed the wine train and visit to the Raymond winery

P
, Oct 2017

Raymond tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun. The train, lunch and service were amazing!

W
, Sep 2017

Perfect way to become familiar with the area . Gourmet meal was outstanding , as was the train experience . The Ambassador tour option is money well spent as you receive two private wine tours.

J
, Sep 2017

Inviting Napa train station with ample parking. Very delicious lunch! Great wait staff. Not too much room between tables-felt crowded against group sitting behind us. Really liked sitting for coffee and dessert once we moved to car with seats that faced out side of train. We were led to believe the train was round trip but only rode from Napa north to wineries we were provided with motor coach from train to both wineries an then back from st. Helena to Napa. Enjoyed both Krug and Raymond tours!

D
, Sep 2017

Raymond Winery should make your list on stops. The train was top notch service. Amanda saw to it that we were looked after well.

G
, Sep 2017

This was such a great tour! Very professionally handled yet fun and informative.
My wife and I really enjoyed it.
Do yourself a favor and take this tour!

T
, Aug 2017

What a great day out! It was a hot day in Napa so this was the best way to see the valley, learn its history, drink some wine and have a fabulous meal too! The staff n the wine train couldn't be more helpful, it's a vey slick operation from ferry to bus pick to actual train journey. I'm gluten intolerant and that was no hassle for the team. I thoroughly recommend the Ambassador wine train tour.

P
, Aug 2017

The tour of the vinery was really fun and interesting. And the train ride and gourmet meal were fabulous. But beware! Ticket time does not reflect actual departure time. The web site description says departure at 10 AM The ticket said departure at 10:15 AM and to be there 30 minutes ahead of time. But the actual departure time was 10:45 AM. So me rushed to get over there early and then had to wait over hour to start the tour. Also, we expected to board a train, but the coach described on the web site is actually a bus which takes you to the Raymond winery. Also, our initial tour guide, Susie, appeared totally incompetent. She argued with us about the departure time, didn't seem to know much about the wines, told unfunny jokes, and had to be asked to use the microphone.

D
, Jun 2017

Exceptional tour. Everything was incredible from the train station to the tour van back. I took the ambassador tour with my girlfriend and we were lucky enough to have a 4 person table to ourselves. You may end up sitting across from some strangers but only for lunch which lasted about an hour. Lunch was incredible. After lunch you go to the dessert car for coffee and your choice of dessert. After that we got onto a tour van and went to 2 wineries. The first was Charles Krug and the second was Raymond. We had tastings and tours of both. Charles Krug has a very interesting history in Napa and Raymond is a winery that is so different from any you have been to and you can tell they throw some wild parties there! Wine at both was amazing.


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