Just north of Napa, where the valley’s earliest vineyards were planted in the 1800s, an historic 1886 wooden winery stands sentinel over perfectly trellised grapevines. It belongs to Trefethen Family Vineyard—the cherished property of a family whose credo is “One family. One estate. One passion. Since 1968.” For it’s in 1968 that the Trefethens took on the challenge of restoring this old winery from an agricultural backwater to putting Napa Valley wines on the global stage. Success came early when, in 1979, their Chardonnay was chosen “Best Chardonnay” in the world at the Gault-Millau World Wine Olympics in Paris. Now one of Napa Valley’s few remaining family wine estates, the Trefethens’ visionary approach to winemaking continues to produce superb vintages, while garnering countless awards and accolades along the way.
Hear all about the passion and creativity behind Trefethen wines aboard our stylishly restored Private Reserve Pullman rail car, complete with mahogany tables and deep navy velvet and saddle leather seats. Third-generation winemaker Lorenzo Trefethen joins us on board to introduce and describe the wine, tell stories, and make tableside visits between courses—while Wine Train chefs create gourmet culinary works of art, all impeccably paired with Trefethen wines. Explore and discuss how these combined flavors elevate both the wine and food to a whole new level. Savor every sip and bite during this elegant, twilight journey through the spectacular Napa Valley.
Meet the Maker
Lorenzo Trefethen believes in the power of wine to bring people together. To hear Lorenzo tell it, he was always around wine growing up, and constantly meeting interesting new people. So, it was no surprise when, as an undergraduate at Stanford University, he took command of the French Department’s wine-tasting course, transforming it from just another college excuse to drink into a more formal, educational experience that his peers immediately embraced. It was this early experience of uniting people around wine that inspired Lorenzo to return to Napa and the family business.
Now, among the family, it is Lorenzo who travels most often to support the business, including to their export markets. He also brought some of the innovative Silicon Valley mindset back from college, modernizing the winery’s software and hardware systems and leading a redesign of the brand’s website (with another update on the way). It is Lorenzo’s constant creative thinking and strong aesthetic viewpoint that truly define him. Together with his sister, Hailey, Lorenzo represents the next generation of the Trefethen family, steadfast in their passion to uphold a legacy of world-class, estate-grown wines.