The Taste of a Legend

Doors that close for others are about to open for you. Experience an after-hours tour and a little VIP treatment with an intimate group of fellow wine lovers. With the winery all to yourselves, you’ll feel like a distinguished guest. It’s all part of an elegant journey through a spectacular landscape. And the inside track to a true Napa Valley legend.

At a Glance:

  • 4.5-hour evening rail tour of Napa Valley
  • Special The Paris Judgment flight
  • After-hours tour
  • 3-course Napa style meal
  • Must be 21 or older

Starting from $339 per person


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Your Itinerary

The Winery

Welcome to a behind-the- scenes discovery of a Napa Valley legend: Grgich Hills Estate. It’s simple. Charming. Quaint. Inside, you’re surrounded by oak barrels and the enticing aromas of wine at
various stages of its journey. Outside, a beautiful patio. Yet beneath the terroir, a story you might not expect. You’d never guess that part of this winery’s history once took the wine world by storm.

The Legend

If you haven’t heard of the 1976 Paris Tasting, you soon will. The scene? A blind tasting of renowned white Burgundies from France and a sampling of new Napa Valley Chardonnays. Shocked French judges selected Mike Grgich’s 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay as the finest white wine in the world. Mike Grgich became a legend and the foundation of Grgich Hills’ winemaking legacy was laid: producing world-class wines sustainably, with care and passion.

You Be the Judge!

Taste the wine that put Napa Valley on the map. Your journey begins on the Northbound Train with a chardonnay flight. But this is no ordinary tasting. This is The Paris Judgment flight, featuring wineries that were all producing delicious wines in 1976 and submitted wines in the famous tasting:

  • Grgich Hills Estate “Paris Tasting” Chardonnay Napa Valley 2014
  • Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars “Karia” Chardonnay Napa Valley 2015
  • Clos Du Val Winery Estate Chardonnay Carneros 2015.

And there, on our intimate vintage luxury rail car, Chef will prepare for your enjoyment Grilled Pacific Prawns, Maine Lobster Arancini, poached hearts of palm, charred radicchio, fennel basil puree. And this is only the beginning.

The Experience

Your journey takes you on a behind-the- scenes tour of the Grgich cellar and production then settle in by the winery’s newest feature: a pizza oven overlooking the vineyards, where you will savor Brick Oven Braised Short Rib of Beef, Pt. Reyes blue cheese marble potatoes, thyme roasted wild mushrooms, Calabrian chile Broccolini, cabernet reduction. And of course, an exclusive taste of a variety of Grgich Hills wines:

  • Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014
  • Miljenko’s Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2013
  • Grgich Hills Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville 2012
The Finish

After your exclusive evening at one of Napa’s most celebrated winemakers, a special treat is waiting for you back on board the Train. A tasting of Violetta, a late harvest sauvignon blanc named after Mike Grgich’s daughter, Violet Grgich, paired with a White Wine Poached Bosc Pear, blood orange, clover honey pound cake, pistachio brittle. And your tranquil train journey through spectacular Napa Valley. Savor every bite as you travel through the stunning twilight.

Napa Valley Wine Train Tours

An indulgence start to finish. Elegant interiors. Rich mahogany. Gleaming brass. Sleek fixtures. Smooth marble. The train car, rattling at an easy pace through extraordinary Napa countryside. Sweeping rows of vines, some there since 1868, whisper stories. By now you’ll have more than a few stories of your own to tell. By the time you come to the end of the line, you won’t want your journey to end.

But in a way it doesn’t. Because it’s a trip you’ll never forget.

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1275 McKinstry Street,
Napa, CA 94559

(707) 253-2111

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