Who doesn’t love a scenic view? Pair that with a glass of fine wine, and you have the makings of a perfectly serene moment. If you’ve dreamed of sipping delicious wines while overlooking the infamous Napa Valley, you finally can have your dreams come true! Napa Valley Wine Tours has officially made drinking and sight-seeing one of the classiest things you can do with your afternoons. With the California railroad track being built in 1864 and converted to a wine train in 1989, it’s no surprise that these tours are as exciting as they are nostalgic.
Napa Valley Wine Tours
All aboard one of the Napa Valley Wine Tours luxury nostalgic trains as this is a tour that begs to be explored. And if you love traveling and wine, than this just may be the wine excursion for you! Chances are, this ride is unlike any train experience you have ever had!
This onboard experience is one of the most unique and memorable ways to experience the well-known Napa Valley scenery and wines. The train ride praises a unique journey back in time, allowing you to sip in style. The trains are vintage cars that have been refurbished to their original characteristics, and without forgetting details such as brass accents and vintage mahogany paneling. The trains were built with a distinct purpose to showcase the stunning natural landscapes California’s wine country has to offer. The Vista Dome rail car was one of the first 10 full-length domed rail cars built and presents an overly exceptional view for travelers.
The track runs 36 miles round trip from Napa to St. Helena and back. Doubling as a gourmet restaurant, during the ride passengers are escorted to famous wineries while being served gourmet multi-course meals along with its route. Options for winery stops include Raymond Vineyards, Beringer Winery, and Robert Mondavi Winery. And if you are a local winemaker, there’s even a four-hour pairing tour called “Meet the Maker.” With three kitchens on board, the menu and ingredients are prepared fresh, while also rotating a changing seasonal menu. Previous menu options have included lemon ricotta ravioli, heirloom tomato gazpacho, and brown butter seared cornbread. And of course, most options come with their own suggested wine pairing!
Select The Experience That Suits You Best
But experiences don’t stop there. There are castle winery tours, visiting Castello di Amorosa, and even romance tours which include fine dining over a multi-course gourmet meal in your own private glass-topped car. If that doesn’t scream romance, I don’t know what does!
If those tours don’t fit your fancy, there are several additional tours you can choose from, like the Murder Mystery themed dinner ride where passengers can choose to dress up and play along during their fine dining experience.
All tours kick off with a glass of wine or bubbly (for those 21 and over). Children are welcome aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train, making the journey family friendly. There are separate cars perfect for kid-friendly environments to ensure relaxation for your family without spoiling the ride for guests who may desire a more upscale experience.
While the trips can be a bit on the pricier side when compared to basic train rides, in regards to these excursions, you surely are getting what you pay for. Each trip lasts between three and six hours, with the most expensive trips including entrance and wine tastings to the additional wineries you visit along the way.
Maybe you are a wine connoisseur, a lover of trains, a foodie, a sucker for a great view, or maybe even all of the above. If you’re ready to go on an unforgettable fine wine and dining experience, the Napa Valley Wine Train awaits you. Operating year round, schedules for their various tours can be found on Napa Valley’s website, www.winetrain.com.