The Napa Valley Wine Train goes by a field of yellow mustard blooms.

Celebrating Mustard Season in Napa Valley

March 19, 2019
History & Culture

Spring is blooming in Napa Valley, and the Wine Train is excited to celebrate more than just award-winning wines and seasonal ingredients. The arrival of spring marks the start of a new season, the Mustard season! As early as February, the vineyards of Napa Valley transform into a stunning landscape of bright yellow as they become enveloped in a vibrant blanket of Mustard blooms.

The Origins of Mustard Plants in Napa Valley

Mustard plants have been grown in Napa Valley for over 150 years, originally used as a cover crop to prevent soil erosion. Interestingly, the Mustard plant is not native to California, and there are a few theories about how it arrived in the region. One story suggests that a Jesuit priest planted Mustard seeds to help him track his journeys and find his way back to his encampment. Another tells of a Spanish missionary who loved the condiment so much that he incorporated Mustard plants as part of the landscape of every church he established.

Regardless of how it arrived, the Mustard plant has become an essential component of life amid the vineyards of Napa Valley. This seasonal spectacle usually occurs from mid-February to early April, and wine growers use the flower to control rain flow and irrigate their vineyards during the rainy season. The plant’s root system protects against soil erosion, and its fragrance and spicy taste help keep pests away from the vines during an important part of the growing cycle. Once Mustard season comes to an end, wine growers plow the plants into a natural compost, enriching the soil with essential nutrients. The vibrant yellow flowers of the mustard plant are not only beautiful to look at, but they also attract beneficial insects like ladybugs, which help to control pests in the vineyards.

Experiencing Mustard Season

The arrival of Mustard season is a sight to behold, and there’s no better way to experience it than with a Hotel and Train Package offered through Napa Valley Wine Train. By booking one of these packages, you can enjoy a luxurious train journey through the picturesque vineyards, indulge in delectable meals, and retreat to the comfortable hotel of your choice.

The River Terrace Inn Package is a stunning riverfront retreat that offers serene views, well-appointed accommodations, just a short walk away from the Wine Train. The package includes the following:

  • Two or more nights’ stay.
  • A bottle of world-class local wine upon arrival.
  • Two tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Train Gourmet Express.

Guests will be treated to a multiple-course gourmet lunch during a three-hour journey, providing an unforgettable culinary experience in the heart of wine country. In addition, you will receive 15% off small plates and sips at ALBA Restaurant when visiting within 72 hours of your Wine Train experience.

Another option is the R INN NAPA Package. This stylish boutique hotel is located in downtown Napa, and easy access to the Wine Train and all the other attractions the area has to offer. This hotel offers chic, modern rooms and suites, making it an excellent choice if you’re looking for a trendy and comfortable stay. The package includes:

  • One-night stay and a multiple-course gourmet lunch or dinner in the luxurious Vista Dome aboard the Wine Train
  • A complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival at the hotel

For a romantic and indulgent getaway, the package at the Candlelight Inn offers wine enthusiasts the perfect itinerary, starting with a full day of wine tours. You will be greeted with sparkling wine for two in your room, setting the tone for a truly romantic experience. Then you’ll be swept away on a three-hour trip aboard the Wine Train, where you will indulge in a multi-course gourmet lunch while enjoying the picturesque views of Wine Country. After a day of wine tasting and indulgence, retire to the cozy and romantic ambiance of the Candlelight Inn for a comfortable and peaceful night’s sleep.

Finally, the Hilton Garden Inn Package is an excellent choice if you want to experience the beauty of Napa Valley during Mustard Season. With its welcoming atmosphere and convenient location, you can easily access the Wine Train Station and enjoy a luxurious journey through the picturesque vineyards, accompanied by a multi-course gourmet lunch.

The package includes:

  • One night’s accommodation.
  • A multiple-course gourmet lunch during a three-hour journey aboard the vintage Wine Train.
  • A welcome taste of wine.

Raise a Glass to the Magic of Mustard Season in Napa Valley

Whether you prefer a serene riverfront view at the River Terrace Inn, the stylish boutique R INN NAPA within walking distance to downtown attractions, a romantic stay at the Candlelight Inn, or the convenience of the Hilton Garden Inn, there’s a package to suit your preferences. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience the magic of the mustard season in Napa Valley. Book your package today and create unforgettable memories!

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