Grape Train Escape
Wine-Tasting Tours during a Saturday Evening Train Ride Dates and Wine Regions are listed below
Verde Canyon Railroad has long been a venue for viticulture appreciation. Since 1990 train passengers have enjoyed raising a toast to the Arizona wilderness from well-appointed rail cars, harkening back to a time when relaxing travel by train was recognized as a hallmark of sophistication and class. In 2002 raising that toast became a highly-requested event called the Grape Train Escape. Going in to its 19th year, this great grape celebration has spanned the planet – Italian, Chilean, Spanish, German and French wines have been served to thousands of awe-inspired train passengers.
May 28, June 18, July 2 & 16, August 6 & 20 and September 3
Offered during the 5:30 p.m., Saturday Starlight Trains, May through September, a number of the train cars are dedicated to The Grape Train Escape event. Regional purveyors of fine Arizona wines as well as worldwide vintners showcase their award-winning vintages on the rails. Wine tasting coupled with harmonizing appetizers takes one back to a time when relaxing train travel was recognized as a hallmark of sophistication.
On May 28 – Arizona wines will kick-off the 2022 Grape Train schedule
The lush Verde Valley, with its sandy soils and abundant sunshine, invites wine enthusiasts to experience a destination rich in history, beauty and the production of exquisite Arizona wines. Savor these up-and-coming wines.
On June 18 – Luscious Italian Wines “That’s Amore!”
Join us for a relaxing “Buena Sera” with a Grape Train Escape favorite. As the night takes us deeper into the canyon, wines evoking the hills of Tuscany will warm your spirits and satisfy your palate.
On July 2 – The bold wines of South America spice up this experience
Wines from Chile and Argentina will inflame your passion for adventure. Once hoarded by priests, they’re not just for communion anymore. With culture and history poured into every bottle, these wines will stir your soul.
July 16 – The Arizona wine invasion continues
Arizona’s three major wine-growing regions—Sonoita, Willcox and the Verde Valley—produce some pretty incredible wines.
August 6 – There is never a dull moment when reaching for a bottle of French wine
Across France, grapes tend to ripen slower and more irregularly, leading to wine with a lighter body and more versatility for food pairing.
August 20 – South American is home to some amazing boutique wineries
Wine drinkers in the US may think they are familiar with Chilean and Argentine wines, but a trip to South America will confirm that there’s far more to South American wines.
September 3 – What better way to close out the Grape Train Escape season … more great Arizona wines
Savoring wine while soaking in the scenery of the Southwest has rapidly become world-famous here in Arizona’s Verde Valley.
A Sensory Adventure
Savoring wine while soaking in the scenery of the Southwest has rapidly become world-famous here in Arizona’s Verde Valley, and it is quickly gaining notoriety as one of the finest regions for grape growing. In addition, it is a region where the appreciation of these varietals becomes more enjoyable while basking in high desert beauty.
During the Saturday Starlight Tours, passengers experience a spectacular blend of light and color in the canyon ranging from bright daytime to rich sunset, from twinkly twilight to magnificent moonglow. Paired with an award-winning wine in hand, any Grape Train Escape will contribute to a sensory adventure suitable for every palate.
What to Expect with Your Wine
- Luxurious style and attentive beverage service right to your seat
- Abundant appetizers that will pair perfectly with wine selections
- Adjoining open-air cars where the lush riparian landscape of summer, including canopies cottonwoods, moody monsoon afternoons and deep crimson cliffs, compliments a great glass of wine
- Information is made available so you can find where to purchase a bottle of your favorite wines following the ride