The Napa Valley Wine Train’s route runs through one of the top wine growing regions in the world. The combination of Mediterranean climate, geography, and geology of the Valley are conducive to growing quality wine grapes. The Napa Valley is located in Northern California, about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco and about 60 miles west of Sacramento. The Napa Valley is 30 miles long and 5 miles across at its widest point.
San Francisco’s first millionaire, Samuel Brannan, had a rail line built in 1864 to take visitors to the resort town of Calistoga, in northern Napa Valley. About 100 years later, Highway 29 was installed next to the rail line, being the best travel corridor through the Valley. This rail corridor, on which the Wine Train now operates, runs through the western side of the Valley, with the Silverado Trail traveling up the east.
After boarding at the McKinstry Street Station, conveniently located in Downtown Napa, guests travel through the old industrial section of Napa. The Wine Train will cross the Rural Urban Limit Line (RUL) about ten minutes into the journey and you will be treated to the spectacular scenery of the famed agricultural preserve of Napa Valley. Napa Valley is an appellation also known as an American Viticulture Area (AVA)s. Within Napa Valley there are 16 sub-appellations, with the Wine Train passing through Oak Knoll, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena, some of the most expensive and famous farm real estate in the country.
The Wine Train offers 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.