We’ve already told you about how you can take Amtrak across the country for less than $300. While aboard, you can eat or have a glass of wine while taking in the view, making it a relaxing and novel way to travel. Well, now we have even more exciting train-related news to report: Apparently, there are several trains you can take though wine country!
What could be more relaxing than appreciating the scenery while sipping on your favorite glass of merlot of chardonnay? Plus, it’s safe—taking a train eliminates any risk of drinking and driving.
If you love train travel and wine, then you’ll want to book one of these five amazing wine tours ASAP!
1. Napa Valley Wine Train, United States
You probably know that Napa Valley, California, is renowned for wine, but did you also know about the region’s famous wine train? You do now. If you’ve ever wanted to go back in time to the early 1900s, this train ride is for you. The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a top-notch Napa dining experience aboard vintage rail cars. It runs for 25 miles while you sit back, relax and enjoy multiple-course meals—with wine pairings, of course.
2. San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours, United States
Whether you’re traveling solo and want to meet new people, are with your significant other or are looking for a fun activity to do with your family or friends, the San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours Winery Train Tour is for you.
Not only will you ride along the gorgeous California Pacific Coast, but you’ll also stop and taste about 15 local wines. And if you’d like to add some beer into the mix, you can stop at a brewery as well. You’ll also get to see how wine is made and get a light Italian lunch with wine pairings. You can get some exercise in, too, by touring San Diego on foot. We’ll see you on board!
RELATED: If you can’t take a wine train, have a van bring the prosecco to you!
3. Franschhoek Wine Tram, South Africa
Do you like to drink South African wines? Then you’re going to love the Franschoek Wine Tram. Take in views of the lush Franschhoek Valley as you ride through vineyards in an open-air tram and open-air tram-bus. The best part? Hop on and off whenever you’d like to go exploring. There are four different tram lines to choose from, and each goes to eight South African wine estates. Excuse us while we go look for airline tickets.
4. Wine Tours Of The World, Italy
When you think about fine wine, Italy is one of the first countries that comes to mind. Sample all kinds of vino on Wine Tours of the World. You can take their wine train, “Montalcino Express & Treno del Vino,” from Siena to Montalcino in Italy. Not only will you get amazing views of vineyards during your journey, but you’ll also have a birds-eye view of Crete Senesi, otherwise known as the Tuscany region. And trust us—you’ll relish the historic train station just as much as the train ride.
5. Wine Train, Chile
Just like Italy, Chile is world-renowned for its wine. There are plenty of wine tours off the tracks, but when you can see the countryside while drinking wine on a train, why not? When you board the Wine Train, an old-school steam locomotive that tours the picturesque Valley of Colchagua, you’ll feel like you’re in a movie—starring you! Sit back and enjoy the ride while you sip local wines and nibble on regional cheeses. Honestly, can life get any better?
Okay, we don’t know about you, but we are definitely adding “ride a wine train” to our #BucketList. See you on board!