All Aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train

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By H. Wadowski

The Napa Valley Wine Train evokes the spirit of luxury rail travel at the beginning of the 20th century

Whether you are looking to tour some of Napa Valley’s most iconic wineries or embark on a fine dining experience you’ll never forget, the Napa Valley Wine Train is sure to have an excursion just for you.

Located in downtown Napa, the Napa Valley Wine Train is one of the few active historic passenger railroads in the United States. Featuring antique Pullman rail cars faithfully restored with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions, luxurious armchairs and fine-dining service with multi-course meals cooked to order, guests immediately feel like they’ve stepped back in time to the glory days of train travel.

 A Private Reserve monthly winemaker dinner series event with Raymond Vineyards

A Private Reserve monthly winemaker dinner series event with Raymond Vineyards

Offering an array of experiences to choose from, guests can enjoy lunch or dinner while riding the rails, taking in the beautiful scenery and even visiting some of Napa Valley’s many wineries. One of the train’s newest tours, the Quattro Vino tour, stops at four different wineries: Robert Mondavi, Charles Krug, V. Sattui and Merryvale Vineyards. Guests embark on a 6-hour, 36-mile round-trip tour of Napa Valley, leaving the station at 10:15 a.m.

Priced at $309 per person Monday through Thursday and $349 Friday through Sunday, the tour includes a delectable four-course meal as well as tastings at each winery.

Individual winery tours are available as well, including trips to Castello di Amorosa and Raymond Vineyards. All tours include a welcome taste of wine for guests ages 21 and older. Naturally, wine tastings are available on the train, too, where passengers can sample one of four Napa Valley wine flights starting at $18.

executive chef Donald Young

Executive chef, Donald Young, preparing dinner during a Private Reserve monthly winemaker dinner series event with Raymond Vineyards

Every month, the Napa Valley Wine Train also offers an exclusive gourmet dinner and wine-pairing excursion. Guests can enjoy a sumptuous five-course feast prepared by Chef Donald Young and impeccable wine pairings from local wineries. Priced at $269 per person, check-in for each Private Reserve monthly winemaker dinner series event starts at 6 p.m., with a departure time of 6:30 p.m. and an arrival time back at the train station scheduled for 10 p.m. Wineries participating in an upcoming excursion include Charles Krug on March 25 and Laird Family Estate on April 22. As an added bonus, guests will have access to the winemakers during each experience, as they will be onboard to discuss the pairings and tasting notes in depth.

For more information on the Napa Valley Wine Train’s tours and experiences, visit winetrain.com.

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