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Ultimate Guide to Napa Valley

Napa Valley Wine Train

Perhaps nothing is as cozy and romantic as an old-fashioned train ride. Maybe even better -- a train with wine. Home to the highest concentration of wineries in California, Napa Valley also has the Napa Valley Wine Train, which offers three-hour excursions though Napa Valley in beautifully restored old rail cars.

Trains leave from downtown Napa and travel to St. Helena and back. Packages include:



  • Vista Dome Lunch: The 1947 Pullman Vista Dome Car is a remarkable sight. With hits domed, glass ceiling, you'll enjoy the most incredible view of the valley -- all while dining on a four-course lunch.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Ride and dine on Pullman cars dating from 1915-1917.
  • Silverado Car: This is the car for the budget-conscious traveler. Ride in a refurbished (yet still rustic and gorgeous) car with the option to open the window and take in the fresh air [Napa Valley Train].

Winery Tours:

  • Raymond, ZD Winery Tour
  • Domaine Chandon Winery Tour
  • Grgich Hills Winery Tour

­You'll receive a little wine education at the station before boarding the t­rain. With each winer­y tour, you'll enjoy a gourmet meal as you travel to your destination [source: Napa Valley Wine Train].

The Napa Valley Wine Train can put together a custom event just for you, or you can choose from one of these fun options. Special events include:

  • Murder mystery dinner theater
  • Vinter's lunch
  • Moonlight escape
  • Appellation dinner
  • Varietal voyage
  • Family fun night [source: Napa Valley Wine Train]

The train has about 100 different types of wine on board and if that's not quite enough, the Napa Depot has a wine shop that stocks more than 250 wines [source: Napa Valley Wine Train].

Whether by car or train, Napa Valley is a beautiful and leisurely place to learn about and enjoy fine wine. If you can't visit the area personally, look for Napa wines at your local wine store, or shop online from one of the vineyards.

For more wine-related information, visit the links below.

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