Experience train travel as it was in the early 1900s.
The Napa Valley Wine Train continues the railroading traditions that unfortunately are slowly disappearing. For over 25 years, thousands of guests from around the world have been experiencing history in the stunningly beautiful setting of Napa Valley. Each trip aboard the Wine Train is hosted by a prominent winemaker and includes a multicourse dinner from a world famous chef.
Voted as the one of the 10 best Train Rides in the U.S. by USA Today Reader's choices.
The majority of the cars on the Napa Valley Wine Train were built in 1915 by the Pullman Standard Company as first class coaches for the Northern Pacific Railway for use on their premiere trains. They were built entirely out of steel and were the height of technological of their time.
The cars were furnished with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions, and velveteen fabric armchairs. Great effort was exerted to ensure that the interior evoked the spirit of opulent travel at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The tracks are not approved for high-speed travel, so the wine train travels at a speed of 25 miles per hour. Passengers sit back and enjoy the views as they travel back to an elegant age in the expertly refurbished Pullman Cars that create an atmosphere ideal for relaxation.
A thirty-six mile round trip journey from Napa to St. Helena and back, lasting three hours, through beautiful Wine country and past famous and historic wineries. The Wine Train’s route runs through one of the top wine growing regions in the world.
Passengers board the train at the McKinstry Street Station in Downtown Napa. The trip begins by traveling through the old industrial section of Napa, about ten minutes into the journey guests are treated to the spectacular scenery of the Napa Valley.
Before planes cut travel time across the United States to hours rather than days, trains were the luxurious and elegant way to move about the country. Travelers could explore the train's opulent decor and could relax comfortably as they await their freshly prepared meals in dining cars, the heart of train life.
The Napa Valley Wine Train is keeping alive the tradition and art of food preparation on board an operating train. Multiple onboard kitchens allow the chefs to create works of art from scratch and many times to order.
The Napa Valley Wine Train offers an award-winning wine list, full of delicious local wines available by the glass or bottle. The wine list selections are highly acclaimed by some of the nation’s most revered wine critics.
Guests begin the journey with a welcome taste of the Wine Trains’ Private Label wine. And if you are dining in the Champagne Vista Dome Car, you will start your trip with a glass of the day’s featured California sparkling wine. If you have a special bottle for the occasion, you are welcome to bring it with you to enjoy.
The Napa Valley Vine Trail, Napa Valley Wine Train and members of the local arts community partnered to create the first art district in the Napa Valley, designated as the Rail Arts District (RAD) Napa.
With an initial fund of $100,000 contributed by the Napa Valley Wine Train and Napa Valley Vine Trail, RAD Napa is improving the “Cross Town Commuter Path” in the heart of downtown Napa by adding a variety of murals, sculptures, landscaping and the Napa Community Quake Mosaic beginning in February 2017.
For more information contact:
Napa Valley Wine Train
1275 McKinstry Street,
Napa, CA 94559