For some, riding on a train may seem like an exciting adventure. For others, a train ride is too reminiscent of the cramped public transportation they ride on every day. There is a train in Napa Valley that anyone would be glad to ride. The Napa Valley Wine Train blends sightseeing, gourmet food, and wine tasting to make the ultimate tourist attraction. You can ride this vintage train from vineyard to vineyard sampling fine wines and dining on delicious food along the way. Although the train travels from Napa, California to St. Helena, the stops along the way are far more important than the final destination.
A Vintage Vineyard Treat
The Napa Valley Wine Train is made of railcars that were originally built in 1915. Since then, the cars have been remodeled, mainly for improved function, but they still have a very vintage finish. Depending on the tour they take, guests on the wine train can either visit specific vineyards or just take in the breathtaking views of Wine Country from the observatory decks on the train cars.
There are three state-of-the-art kitchens on the train. Each kitchen is run by a highly esteemed chef, and they all produce delectable dishes for guests to enjoy. There is a Gourmet Express Tour where guests can ride the train for three hours, either for lunch or dinner and enjoy a fine gourmet meal. Of course, wine is in the train’s name, so each meal comes with dozens of wine choices. The chefs also recommend wines that would pair well with the dishes being served.
Where The Train Takes You
There are longer tours that involve getting off the train and exploring wineries. Half-day winery tours include a gourmet meal and a wine tasting at the vineyard for at least one hour. Full-day winery tours include a gourmet meal and either a longer wine tasting at one winery or one-hour wine tastings at multiple wineries. On select tours, guests also get to meet the winemaker. Sometimes, winemakers will join guests for a meal on the train. The Raymond, Mondavi, Charles Krug, and V. Sattui Wineries are just a few of the places guests can visit.
On July 24th, National Tequila Day, the wine train will serve tequila and gourmet Mexican appetizers. It will take guests on a two-hour ride to Tequila Casa Dragones, the world-renowned producer of fine tequila. There, guests will go on an exclusive tour that is complete with tequila tastings. On Mondays, guests can embark on the Hop tour, which includes samplings of locally brewed Napa Valley beer. All guests on the hop tour get two free pints of Palisades beer.
The Napa Valley Wine Train has partnered The Murdered Mystery Company to give guests a one of a kind experience. On select nights, the train transforms into a murder mystery theater where each person on board gets to be a part of the show. The cast of the interactive 1920s murder mystery play sits with the guests and involves them in the show. Along with the unique entertainment, guests also get a three-hour tour and a three-course meal.
The Romance on The Rails Tour offers a gourmet dinner and two glasses of wine. Guests sit in the Vista Dome observatory car where they get the best views on the train of Napa Valley. This will likely be the most unforgettable date you ever go on. The cheapest tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Train are close to $150, but prices change throughout the year, and longer tours that involve more food or wine are usually more expensive. Whether you like wine, unique experiences, or breathtaking natural beauty, the Napa Valley Wine Train has something for everyone.
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