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Vegan in Napa Valley: Wine Train

The Napa Valley is such a beautiful place. I was born and raised in the valley and never really appreciated it growing up. Now that I’ve moved out of the Napa bubble it’s really nice to come home and enjoy it like a real tourist. Visiting wineries, wine tasting and going on a hot air balloon are all must do’s for a tourist but the one thing that everyone must do is go on the Wine Train!

Napa is not very vegan friendly so I was a little worried the wine train wouldn’t have any options for us. I called ahead (which is what I do for every restaurant) to make sure before booking our trip and the woman assured me that they can accommodate our dietary restrictions.

We arrived at the wine train promptly at 5:30 pm, checked in, and got a glass of bubbles while we waited in the their stylish 1990’s waiting room. We boarded the train around 6:00 pm and immediately got seated at a dinner table where we were greeted by our waiter who also brought us a glass of bubbles to get our train ride started.

Our waiter was very helpful and knowledgeable about the food and was able to tell us exactly what was vegan on the menu. We started with the Sonoma Mixed Greens salad: shaved fennel, summer strawberries, toasted almonds, with a side of balsamic and oil. Followed by a delicious Gemelli Pasta: Saffron and summer squash purée, jubilee tomatoes, with squash blossom pesto

What’s a wine train without wine? Just a boring train ride so we paired our wine train ride with the Flowers Pinot Noir. This is my favorite pinot, anytime a restaurant has this wine on the list I’m ordering a bottle!

Once dinner was finished, we walked two carts down for dessert and to enjoy the rest of the train ride. By this time it was dark outside so we aren’t able to see much outside the windows, so I would recommend doing the wine train during the summer when the sunsets later or doing the lunch tour instead of the dinner. The wine train offers winery tours, where you get to stop and get off at wineries for a tour and tasting which is the ultimate Napa Valley experience.

The Wine Train is a great way to experience the Napa Valley. I had a lot of fun playing tourist in my hometown. Maybe one day Ben will get over his fear of heights and take me on a hot air balloon ride.

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By Christy Schneider about 399 days ago

Thank you for this detailed review of the Napa Valley wine train! My partner and I are vegan and planning to buy tickets but wanted to make sure they could accommodate our dietary needs. The website claims they can, but sometimes the vegan food is lacking. Thank you for these lovely photos!


By Lora Bishop about 2068 days ago

Oh my gosh this sounds like so much fun! I would love to go to Napa one day and the wine train sounds like a dream!
- Lora

Response from Jenn
The Napa Valley is definitely a must on your bucket list!
By Briana about 2069 days ago

I haven't been but looks like a great time!


Response from Jenn
It's definitely a must go and see place! Next on your bucket list!
By Tamara about 2069 days ago

I love these photos! Looks like so much fun. Wish I was back in Cali so I could try this out.

Tammie | Photography & Lifestyle Blog

Response from Jenn
Hi Tamara! You'll have to make another trip out to California just for the wine country!
By Sabera about 2075 days ago

Wow that looks like so much fun! Definitely a different experience on a train! Would love to try it someday.

By Kelsi | Law & Lattes Blog about 2075 days ago

I love all of your photos! I’ve always considered going on a tour of Napa Valley and I think now I’m sold!

By Taylor Wasson about 2075 days ago

The Wine Train looks amazing! I love when you can play tourist in your own city because you usually get to discover the coolest things!

xx Taylor |