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Sip, Savor, and Sightsee on the Napa Valley Wine Train

January 22, 2024 / Tasting & Learning

The Napa Valley Wine Train is more than just wine; it’s a unique journey through the heart of wine country, featuring a blend of food, wine, and scenic beauty. Step onto a vintage train car and enjoy gourmet meals, ranging from afternoon tea to enchanting evening dinners. With a diverse selection of wines thoughtfully curated for enthusiasts and beginners alike, the experience becomes both educational and enjoyable. Beyond the tasting, guests can experience breathtaking views, luxurious hotels, balloon rides, and more. Keep reading and discover how to sip, savor, and sightsee with the Napa Valley Wine Train, redefining the art of wine tourism.


Grgich Hills Estate Tasting

Embark on a wine-filled adventure through Napa Valley with a leisurely train ride, treating yourself to fresh sips and a delectable coursed lunch.. On the journey, you’ll learn about the captivating story of Grgich Hills Estate, courtesy of the legendary Miljenko “Mike” Grgich and his iconic role in the 1976 Paris Tasting. Upon arrival, explore the scenic vineyards in Rutherford, indulging in a laid-back wine-tasting experience with organic wines. As you return to the train, conclude your day with a cozy cup of coffee or tea and a delightful sweet treat. It’s a wine lover’s dream day, filled with delicious moments and a touch of history.

Tasting on the Rails

Ever dream of experiencing a wine-tasting journey across the stunning landscapes of California Wine Country? Our exclusive Tasting on the Rails pairs fine dining with exquisite wines from top-notch partners like Trefethen Family Vineyards, Tate, Chandon, Beaulieu Vineyards, Belle Glos, and Ghost Block. Along the journey, you’ll travel through five unique AVAs, where every sip unveils a local gem, perfectly matched with breathtaking scenery. If you’re looking to try a selection of wines while also taking in the sights, this is a great experience for you!

Gourmet Express

Take in picturesque Napa Valley aboard the Gourmet Express, a charming tribute to the golden age of train travel. Indulge in three mouthwatering courses served in antique Pullman railcars, perfectly paired with the warm sun and breathtaking valley views. As you travel north, savor a leisurely lunch featuring fresh Sonoma greens or a comforting seasonal soup, choice of entrée, and a delectable dessert, while complimentary coffee or tea adds a warming touch to the return trip. This adventure is a perfect mix of history, food, wine, and an overall unique experience unlike any other.


Afternoon Tea x Chandon

Step into a cozy world where old-world charm meets modern luxuries, courtesy of our Afternoon Tea service. Join us on a three-hour journey where the hustle and bustle of daily life fade away, making space for intimate conversations, excitement, and a touch of luxury. This enchanting experience features a fine selection of steeped teas, a refreshing Chandon Garden Spritz cocktail upon arrival, and a demi-tasse portion of soup paired with a petite salad course. Treat your taste buds to an array of finger sandwiches, scones, and accompaniments, capped off with signature mini desserts — all aboard our vintage train, adding a nostalgic touch to every sip and bite. Transport yourself to a world where time slows down, and every moment is savored with Afternoon Tea X Chandon aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.

Vista Dome Dinner

Begin on a sensory journey aboard our Vista Dome Dinner experience, where the lush Napa Valley views take center stage through the train’s curved glass windows. Toast to the adventure with a glass of California sparkling wine, setting the tone for the delicious experience ahead, then relax and enjoy the luxury from the top of the car as our culinary team expertly prepares your selections in the state-of-the-art kitchen below. With crisp linens, gleaming silverware, and sparkling glassware, the 1952 Pullman full dome railcar exudes an exclusive vibe, channeling the spirit of luxury rail travel from the early 1900s.

Exclusive to guests with reserved seating, the Vista Dome provides our most private gourmet dining experience and has become one of our sought-after options. Reserve the Vista Dome for a romantic evening dinner, where in the spring and summer, the warm California twilight bathes Napa Valley’s vineyards in golden hour sunlight, creating a stunning backdrop for spectacular sunsets. In the fall and winter, depart after sunset and relish the romance of an antique train traversing the dark, starlit Napa Valley night. No matter the occasion, this experience provides one-of-a-kind views and a luxurious tasting experience with some of the most famous wines.


Love Lock Bridge

Add a touch of romance to your trip with our very own Love Lock Bridge, a charming addition to the iconic tradition seen in Paris, Cologne, and Seoul. A quaint pedestrian footbridge links the Napa Valley Wine Train station to the boarding platform, offering lovers from around the world a special place to commemorate their connection.


Couples can adorn a simple padlock with their names, initials, or a significant date, securing it to the bridge fence as a symbol of their love. You can whimsically toss the key into the water below the bridge or keep it as a cherished memento. Originating in China, where it symbolizes the binding of souls, this tradition has become a cherished practice in Europe, adorning bridges across the continent. Whether you’re on a journey aboard the Wine Train or simply passing by, take a moment to visit the Love Lock Pedestrian Bridge and leave a piece of your love in Napa!

Napa Valley Balloons

Cross an item off your bucket list and join in on a magical sunrise adventure with a hot air balloon ride over the picturesque Napa Valley. The journey kicks off at the Vintner’s Golf Course in Yountville. Upon arrival, you’ll be transported to a designated launch site, where the balloon inflation process and a safety briefing unfold. The seasoned pilots not only ensure your safety but also fill you in with the vibrant history of ballooning and intriguing highlights of the region. Prepare to be swept away by the tranquility of the skies and the rich storytelling that adds an extra layer of excitement to your hot air balloon adventure.


Hotel Packages + Train Packages

Your journey doesn’t have to end with the train! Elevate your Napa Valley experience beyond the tracks and extend the adventure with our exclusive hotel packages. While we believe The Wine Train is a standout attraction, we also recognize all the sights waiting to be uncovered in this celebrated winemaking region. Take this opportunity to enjoy luxurious accommodations and explore areas you’ve never been to before!

The Napa Valley wine train offers more than just wine. Though it may be the star of the show, our experiences are thoughtfully crafted to make sure guests have the best experience, whether they’re foodies, wine lovers, or want to experience a moment back in time with our vintage trains. With The Napa Valley Wine Train, you’ll get a little bit of everything! From exclusive food and beverage experiences to hot air balloon rides and stays in beautiful resorts and inns, there’s no shortage to sip, savor, and sightsee.