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Taste and Delight: Unforgettable Wine Tours in California's Wine Country

December 6, 2023 / Art & Culture, Tasting & Learning

California’s Wine Country is a haven for wine enthusiasts, boasting picturesque vineyards, exquisite wines, and unforgettable experiences. If you want to elevate your wine-tasting escapades to new heights, look no further than the Wine Train’s exciting wine tours. Keep reading to go on a journey through some of the most exciting offerings from Wine Train, detailing what we have in store, what you can expect, and the various ways to savor the event. All aboard! Get ready for a delightful adventure through the heart of California’s wine paradise.

The Experience

Imagine indulging in a glass of wine and relishing delectable gourmet cuisine, all while surrounded by dreamy vineyards rolling past your window. This is the unparalleled experience awaiting you on the Wine Train. From the moment you step aboard this luxurious vintage train, we’ll transport you to a realm where luxury blends with leisure. The interiors radiate elegance, creating the perfect ambiance for sampling fine wines!

Along the rails, knowledgeable guides will captivate you with intriguing stories about the region’s rich viticultural history and the intricate winemaking process. You’ll enjoy an up-close and personal glimpse into the artistry behind every bottle. And let’s not forget the tastings! Indulge in an array of award- winning wines, from crisp Chardonnays to velvety Cabernets, with each sip narrating a tale of the terroir it originates from.


Wine Train Tours

Whether you’re a day-tripper or planning a wine-filled weekend getaway, the Wine Train offers a variety of tours tailored to your preferences. For those seeking a shorter escapade, opt for their half-day tours, allowing you to enjoy the essence of Wine Country in just a few hours. Suppose you’re looking to immerse yourself fully. In that case, the full-day tours are designed to take you on a comprehensive exploration of the region, visiting multiple wineries. Let’s take a look at a few of our most popular tours.

The Legacy Experience: A legacy woven through family, tradition, and fine wine — for a full-day tour, we always recommend the Legacy Experience. This tour begins with your first tasting aboard our open-air car against the iconic Napa Valley Welcome Sign. Capture the moment before embarking on a six-hour adventure through Napa Valley, including a three-hour train journey, a glass of sparkling wine, and a four-course wine country-inspired meal. Delve into the rich history of Charles Krug Winery and V. Sattui Winery with a one-hour vineyard tasting, featuring three wines and photo opportunities at the Welcome Sign, followed by a two-hour tasting at both wineries, sampling seven wines. The tour explores the roots of winemaking and invites you to be a part of a legacy that unfolds where it all began.

Afternoon Tea x Chandon: For a shorter adventure, consider Afternoon Tea x Chandon. True to our old- world charm while seamlessly incorporating modern-day luxuries, the Napa Valley Wine Train eagerly transports train-goers to a bygone era with our Afternoon Tea service. As the three-hour tour unfolds, the strains of day-to-day life fade away, creating an atmosphere conducive to intimate conversations. Included in this tour is a carefully curated selection of fine steeped teas, a refreshing Chandon Garden Spritz cocktail upon arrival, a demi-tasse portion of soup paired with a petite salad course, an array of finger sandwiches, scones with accompaniments, and signature mini desserts. These culinary delights, combined with the leisurely ambiance of our vintage train, make for a truly memorable ride through the scenic Napa Valley.

Murder Mystery Dinner: For a bit of fun and suspense, hop on the Murder Mystery Dinner! With jealous, jilted lovers, lethal secrets, and an abundance of mystery, our vintage train sets the scene for a cunning game of cat and mouse as you embark on a quest to unmask a killer or safeguard your sinister identity from other dinner guests. Amidst this thrilling pursuit, delight in three gourmet courses featuring fine California cuisine, complemented by a smooth pinot noir to heighten the mood. Available on selected dinner trains, the package includes a captivating two-hour ride aboard our vintage train, an
immersive Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre experience, and a toast of sparkling wine, all contributing to an evening filled with thrills, appetizers, and a touch of the extraordinary.

We also offer various seasonal trips, including Thanksgiving tours, Peppermint Tea, Santa Train Jolly Journey, and Midnight In Paris: A Legacy NYE Celebration. Learn more about all our packages here.


Group Adventures

Celebrate the holidays, corporate gatherings, or wedding celebrations to an unparalleled level on the Wine Train! Our team stands ready to assist you in crafting an unforgettable occasion, handling everything from the delectable cuisine to meticulous set-up and seamless event coordination. Uncover the details and embark on booking your group experience! Exclusive group rates await parties comprising 21 or more individuals.


Onboard Cuisine & Drinks

Ricotta cheese gnocchi, pan-seared chicken, roasted tenderloin of beef, and fresh local produce — all prepared Napa-style — are just a taste of some dishes awaiting you! Our train operates with two onboard kitchens, allowing our chefs to craft culinary works of art from scratch, made to order. We take pride in the decadent quality of our cuisine served aboard our antique train.

And, of course, every meal must be paired with the perfect drink! Explore our extensive selection of white, red, and rosé wines, each curated to elevate your travels. Beyond wine, our offerings extend to a diverse assortment of beers, expertly crafted cocktails, and a premium collection of spirits, ensuring a libation for every preference. Cheers to a well-rounded drink selection during your time with us!

Each day, we cater to a diverse range of individuals, each with various dietary restrictions and food allergies. While we can accommodate special menu requests without prior notice, providing advance information allows us to better cater to your needs. When making your reservation, kindly inform your booking agent of any specific requirements. Your agent will then communicate this information to our kitchen staff and onboard manager.


Stay & Indulge

Napa Valley is a stunning region. Why not transform your Wine Train venture into a Wine Country vacation? We offer numerous hotel packages for your vacation. With over 400 wineries to explore, we encourage you to spend ample time in this beautiful area! The River Terrace Inn, located within walking and biking distance from downtown Napa, provides relaxed luxury with impressive views.

For your girls’ trip, we recommend the ‘Our River, Rails, and Wine Trails Package‘ It requires a two-night minimum stay and includes accommodations at the River Terrace Inn, a three-hour epicurean adventure on the Napa Valley Wine Train’s Gourmet Experience, a six-hour wine-tasting tour, and picnic lunch at Platypus Wine Tours. Additionally, guests will receive a 15% discount on small plates and sips at ALBA Restaurant.

Candlelight Junction’ offers an enchanting stay for couples! This package includes a romantic stay at the Candlelight Inn, a full day of wine tours with Platypus Tours, and a multicourse gourmet lunch during a 3-hour journey aboard our vintage Wine Train. Discover more about other packages tailored for your group!


Making Memories That Last

The Napa Valley Wine Train stands apart from other activities by seamlessly weaving together the elements of luxury travel, scenic beauty, and culinary excellence. Unlike conventional pursuits, the Wine Train is a moving symphony of flavors and landscapes, allowing you to immerse yourself in the heart of California’s wine country. It’s not just a mode of transportation, it’s an invitation to connect with loved ones and fellow travelers, creating a shared encounter to remember always!

As the train winds its way through vineyards and charming towns, you’ll be treated to exquisite wines and gourmet cuisine while making memories that are sure to remain long after you return to McKinstry Street Station. We look forward to welcoming you on the Wine Train.

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