Napa Valley Wine Train announces the return of the grape stomp package at Grgich Hills Estate

Guests can participate in a traditional harvest experience
The grape stomp experience at Grgich Hills Estate - credit: Photo courtesy of Kathryn Barnard
The grape stomp experience at Grgich Hills Estate - credit: Photo courtesy of Kathryn Barnard /

Millions of visitors travel to the Napa Valley region of California every year. Most of them are wine lovers looking to explore the region’s hundreds of wineries. One unique way to see this popular destination is to take a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train. The company offers a variety of different experiences that transport visitors through the Napa Valley.

The Napa Valley Railroad is over 175 years old and rich in history. The Napa Valley Wine Train has been in operation since 1989 and continues to evolve, bringing new and unique experiences to guests. Riders travel in restored vintage Pullman rail cars pulled along by a historic steam locomotive

Harvest season traditionally takes place in Napa Valley from August through October. This is the time when wineries pick the grapes from their vineyards that will eventually be made into wine. While most wineries today use machines to press their grapes, there are several wineries that hold grape stomping events for guests.

The Napa Valley Wine Train recently announced that they will once again offer a Grape Stomp at Grgich Hills package. Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, the Croatian-born founder and owner of Grgich Hills Estate, will welcome guests to his St. Helena winery in this collaboration. 

The special itinerary will appeal to any food and wine lover. The day begins with a multi-course lunch on the train before arriving at Grgich Hills Estate. Guests will then participate in the traditional grape stomp and enjoy a seated wine tasting to sample a selection from their portfolio of wines. The day finishes with dessert and coffee or tea on the ride back to the station. 

Chef Rodrigo Cuadra has been the executive chef of the Napa Valley Wine Train since early 2022. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Cuadara uses fresh, locally-grown ingredients to craft a menu that will appeal to diners. The meals are cooked onboard the train in the kitchen car. The three-course menu on this itinerary includes a starter, a main and dessert, with vegetarian options. Wine pairings are available for an additional cost.  

The Grape Stomp is a limited-time experience, taking place only Monday through Friday from September 2 through October 25. The Napa Valley Wine Train is a unique way to see part of the Napa Valley.

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