All Aboard: Napa Valley Wine Train’s Latest Tour
Experience Wine Country in a whole new way on Napa Valley Wine Train’s latest tour.
Board the Napa Valley Wine Train, and an attendant greets you with a glass of crisp Domaine Chandon wine and escorts you to your seat. The rows of plush, royal blue chairs are complemented by mahogany paneling and brass accents, and vintage luggage racks hang overhead. Sink into your comfy seat and soak in the scenery as the antique Pullman railcar heads out of downtown Napa and into the heart of Wine Country.
But don’t get too comfortable—the new Quattro Vino tour includes stops at four of Wine Country’s finest tasting rooms. This is the first time in the wine train’s 27-year history that it is stopping at wineries along its route and allowing passengers to explore and sample selections at each destination.
Highlights of the six-hour tour include the Robert Mondavi barrel-aging room, which houses more than 1,200 French oak barrels, and the rustic-chic Redwood Cellar Tasting Room at Charles Krug Winery, the oldest tasting room in the Napa Valley. Merryvale Vineyards also has an impressive tasting area in the Cask Room—where two stories of 2,000-gallon casks tower over you—while at the picturesque V. Sattui Winery, the artisan deli boasts more than 200 cheeses, house-made charcuterie, pâtés, and desserts.
But save any treats you buy for later—the gourmet spread onboard is a direct reflection of the world-class food Wine Country is famous for. The four-course meal includes decadent fare, such as upscale open-face breakfast sandwiches topped with succulent pork, pesto, caramelized onions, sliced hard-boiled egg, and Manchego cheese; creamy asparagus velouté; and smoky grilled duck sausage atop silken potato puree and Sauternes-soaked apple dices.
The sweetest is saved for last: A trio of apple cannoli, warm flourless chocolate cake topped with brandied cherries, and cinnamon-crusted lemon tart makes a delicious accompaniment to the postcard-worthy scenery outside your window. Savor every last bite. $269, winetrain.com.