Picture this. You are sitting in a Elegant 100-year-old first class 1915-1917 Pullman Le Petite Gourmet dining car, sipping and savoring premium wine and feasting on onboard cuisine made from fresh and local produce while taking in the breath taking views of lush greenery and watching the wine country glide by. Sounds surrealistic don’t it. Climb aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train and you can gaze out the windows at the rolling, vineyard-covered countryside, then stop and sip at some of the best wineries in Napa Valley. The Napa Valley Wine Train runs for 36 miles from McKinstry Street Station in Napa all the way to St. Helena through the heart of the world famous wine region.
Of the many tours available, we took the Grgich Hills Winery tour, where we got to taste the wine that put Napa Valley on the map and indulge in a private tour and tasting at one of the greatest winemakers in the world, Grgich Hills Estate. The tour begins as the wine train chugs out of McKinstry Street Station, travelling the spectacular Napa Valley, while the gourmet lunch gets prepared, consisting of Private label wine, Soup du Jour or fresh Baby Lettuce Salad, along with the choicest of gourmet entrées.
The Grgich Hills Estate is most famous for its Chardonnay, which has been served at State Dinners by some of the world’s leaders such as Presidents Reagan and Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II, and French President François Mitterrand. You can have a private, behind the scenes tour of the production and the famed Grgich cellar. With the enticing aromas of the wine at its various stages of journey coupled with the surrounding oak barrels, you can have an exclusive taste of variety of Grgich Hills wines. Bask in the sun at the outdoor patio overlooking the legendary terroir which took the wine world by storm.
Tour’s not over yet as when you board the train for the return journey to downtown Napa, you are greeted with a cup of tea or coffee and a decadent dessert like Chocolate tarts in the lounge car.