Napa Valley Wine Train
Take the train’s new six-hour tour for a four-course meal and winery visits.
Courtesy of the Napa Wine Train
On a cold, blustery autumn day, the Napa Valley Wine Train is cozy, luxurious, and a truly movable feast. Stepping aboard the antique Pullman railcar, you are greeted by an attendant offering a glass of crisp Domaine Chandon and escorting you to your seat. Sink into the plush, velvety cushions, and take in your sumptuous surroundings as the train chug-chugs out of downtown Napa and winds toward the heart of Wine Country.
The seats are of burnished tobacco leather and royal blue velvet; brass accents gleam alongside mahogany paneling and vintage luggage racks overhead, evoking a bygone era of sophisticated train travel. Large picture windows frame a landscape dotted with flame-colored oak trees and seemingly endless rows of gnarled grapevines, their red-orange leaves aglow against the gray, misty skies. Watch the scenery slip by as the train gently rocks and you sip your wine.
As special as the train ride is, the Wine Train’s new Quattro Vino tour also offers stops at four of Wine Country’s finest tasting rooms. It’s the first time in the wine train’s 27-year history that winery stops are included, allowing passengers to explore and sample selections at each destination.
The six-hour journey includes stops at the Robert Mondavi barrel-aging room—which houses more than 1,200 French oak barrels—and the rustic-chic Redwood Cellar Tasting Room at Charles Krug Winery, the oldest tasting room in Napa Valley. Merryvale Vineyards has an impressive tasting area in the Cask Room, where two stories of 2,000–gallon casks tower over you. At the picturesque V. Sattui Winery, the artisan deli boasts more than 200 cheeses, house-made charcuterie, pâtés, and desserts.
But save any nibbles you buy for another time—the gourmet spread onboard the train will satisfy you. As you roll through the valley vistas, you’ll enjoy a four-course meal: upscale open-face breakfast sandwiches of succulent pork, pesto, caramelized onions, sliced hard-boiled egg, and Manchego cheese; creamy asparagus velouté; and smoky grilled duck sausage atop silken potato puree and Sauternes-soaked diced apple.
The wine train saves the sweetest for last: A trio of crispy apple cannoli, warm flourless chocolate cake topped with brandied cherries, and cinnamon-crusted lemon tart deliciously accompany the postcard-worthy scenery outside your window. Cozy up, and savor every last bite.
The Quattro Vino tour runs daily from 10:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Tickets cost $269 per person, including onboard food and wine-tasting fees at the winery stops. winetrain.com.