The Wine Train exclusive motorcoach brings you to the legendary Grgich Hills Estate, where your journey begins, a glass of signature Grgich Napa Valley Chardonnay in hand. Throughout your behind-the- scenes tour of the Grgich cellar and production, getting immersed in the winemaking process from start to finish, your hosts will pour the 2016 Fumé Blanc. Then settle into the Salon Room for the rest of the wine tasting, paired with a luscious selection of cheeses.
Wine and Cheese Pairings*:
2014 Napa Valley Zinfandel with the 3-year aged Gouda (cow’s milk cheese from Netherlands)
2015 Napa Valley Merlot with the Toma (cow’s milk cheese from California)
2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with the Campo de Montalban (3 milk cheese from Spain)
* based on potential vintage transition and cheese availability
After your exclusive evening at one of Napa’s most celebrated winemakers, a delectable three-course gourmet meal is waiting for you back on board our intimate vintage luxury rail car for your elegant train passage back to the station. Sonoma Mixed Greens, choice of decadent entrees, and the pastry chef’s daily creation. Savor every bite as you travel back from your twilight excursion through the spectacular Napa Valley.
The winery itself is modest, quaint, and charming. But it’s also one of the Napa Valley’s most famous stories. If you haven’t heard of the 1976 Paris Tasting, you soon will. The winery’s guiding philosophy is quite simple: great wines begin with exceptional fruit, organically cultivated vineyards, and a deep respect for the land. Grgich Hills Estate’s history once took the wine world by storm and is home of one of the greatest winemakers in the world. But the winery remains family-owned and operated, practicing the art of winemaking by crafting food-friendly, balanced, and elegant wines through natural winegrowing and sustainable practices.
Grgich Hills Estate was founded in 1977 by Miljenko “Mike” Grgich and Austin Hills, of the Hills Bros. coffee company, after the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Mike crafted won the now-famous 1976 Paris Tasting, a blind tasting of renowned white Burgundies from France and a sampling of new Napa Valley Chardonnays, beating the best of France and shocking French judges. Mike Grgich became a legend and the foundation of Grgich Hills’ winemaking legacy was laid: producing world-class wines sustainably, with care and passion. In recognition of Mike’s contributions to the wine industry, he was inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame in 2008.