Napa Valley Wine Train
Part rolling gourmet restaurant, part scenic rail journey, a
smidge historical time capsule, and all an experience to remember,
the Napa Valley Wine Train is a real Northern California gem. Since
its inaugural run, the Napa Valley Wine Train secured a place in
the hearts of oenophiles, gourmands, and sightseers alike. Lunch
and dinner train dining excursions highlight the impressive scenery
over two- or three-hour periods. Travelers enjoy the splendors of
Northern California's landscapes splendors and indulge in delicious
chef-prepared cuisine paired with local wines while aboard the
As the Napa Valley Wine Train follows its 36-mile route, travelers are welcome to move about the train to experience the cars' vintage glory. There are four kitchen cars in which the spectacular gourmet meals are prepared. Guests may visit the kitchens to peek at the process behind the masterpieces. One of the train's unique additions is the Grappa Power Car, which helps power the train's lights and air conditioning. Visitors may walk through this working car and enjoy the passing rural vistas and views of towns like Oak Knoll, Yountville, Oakville, and Rutherford from the car's open-air windows.
Before boarding the train at the McKinstry Street Station in downtown Napa, passengers may visit the station's wine shop to purchase a bottle for the journey or take home as a souvenir. Over 200 unique wines line the shelves, 80 percent of which come directly from the Napa Valley. Even those that are not from Napa, though, are grown and bottled in California. Passengers are encouraged to dress for the occasion while riding the Napa Valley Wine Train, and that occasion is the experience of a lifetime.