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All Aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train

By Amanda Christensen

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Diners aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train || Courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Train

Gather your group for an experience they won’t forget with dining and wine tasting aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train and its restored vintage Pullman rail cars. Experience fine-dining service, multi-course meals cooked to order, and Napa Valley scenery. Each rail car was restored with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions, and luxurious armchairs that “evoke the spirit of luxury rail car travel at the beginning of the 20th century,” notes Nathan Davis, general manager at Napa Valley Wine Train.

Planners can choose from any of the train’s existing 13 group experiences with capacities ranging from 21 to 350 attendees. The train will take event-goers along a 20-mile route through Napa Valley wine country appellations like Oak Knoll, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, and St. Helena. “The wine train offers an all-in-one, turnkey group experience where you do not need to worry about table, glassware, linen, or silverware rentals, menu planning, hiring an outsourced caterer, or even shuttle service,” says Davis. “We handle it all in-house on our moving trains.”

Lunch and dinner journeys without a winery stop begin in Napa and head to St. Helena, then return. Half-day winery tour packages will take attendees to spots like Grgich Hills Estate for a seated tasting experience. And full-day tours will leave the Napa depot in the morning and head to Charles Krug and V. Sattui wineries for tasting experiences before heading back to the station on an open-air car. Most train packages take three to six hours, and each experience can be customized to a specific group’s preferences and desired activities.