It’s only Tuesday, but we bet you’re already making plans for the weekend! Something fun, something extraordinary, or maybe something romantic with your significant other. With Napa Valley Wine Train, you can check all of these off your list!
WHAT IS IT?
An elegant train ride filled with flowing wine, fine dining, and a view of the picturesque Napa Valley wine country. Doesn’t that sound exquisite? Wine tasting packages include visiting historic castles, wine tasting from several different vineyards or gourmet food. Moreover, we recommend going for a “Murder on the Wine Express” murder-mystery package, in which passengers are encouraged to dress extravagantly, Westworld-style (if you haven’t seen the show – we also recommend it).
The rail line was originally built by the legendary leader Samuel Brannan, to make sure paying customers had an easy route to his day spa in Calistoga, California. Brannan, California’s first millionaire, eventually had to sell the railroad to the California Pacific Railroad due to his messy personal life. Later, in September 1989, the rail line reopened as the Napa Valley Wine Train, so people have been enjoying their wine for quite a while now.
CHOICE OF WINE
The Wine Train’s menus feature the wares of local wineries Charles Krug, Palmaz Vineyards, Vine Cliff, and several others. Depending on availability, you can purchase packages for private “Meet the Maker” dinners with the vintners themselves – a meal which will be paired with only their finest seasonal offerings.
The Napa Valley is located in Northern California, about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco and about 60 miles west of Sacramento. It is 30 miles long and 5 miles across at its widest point. The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a 36 mile round trip journey from Napa to St. Helena and back through beautiful Wine country and past famous and historic wineries. The trip lasts 3 hours.