"Wine is life." --- Petronius, Roman writer

Welcome to Uncorked Wine Festival at the Verde Canyon Railroad Depot. Sip, Savor and Enjoy some fine wines, all in anticipation for an amazing train adventure through the red rock Verde Canyon.

Since 2002, Verde Canyon Railroad has offered The Grape Train Escape wine tasting onboard select Saturday evening rides each summer season. This popular summer event has always featured wines from our own State of Arizona, as well as wine regions worldwide.

As we gear up for another summer series of Grape Trains, the love of great wine spills over onto the entire month of May with daily wine tasting’s at the depot during the Railroad’s brand new event … Uncorked Wine Festival!

When you pair a good red vintage with chocolate, you don’t want to go for a delicate bottle of wine. The luscious heft of chocolate and wine doesn’t need a kimono—it needs a fur coat.   Faux fur, obviously.

 Raise a toast to family, friends, health and happiness.  This celebration of fine grape blends will span the planet – Italian, Chilean and Argentinian, along with local wines from closer to home, Arizona’s Verde Valley.

Beginning at 11:00 a.m., two hours prior to the train’s departure, guests may sample the selection of wines served at the outdoor beverage bar.  

From daring to delicate, a wide variety of wines, ranging from the boldest Reds to the sweetest Rose’ and everything in between will be available by the taste AND by the glass. Uncorked Wine Festival tasting tickets may be pre-purchased to include the wine tasting, lunch and a souvenir tumbler wine glass. Simply show-up to Sip, Savor  and Enjoy!


  • Train ride with first-class service
  • Appetizers and Champagne toast
  • Pre-selected lunch on the patio prior to train ride
  • Etched wine tumbler and four (4) 2 oz. tastings

All tastings take place on the patio, at the wine bar, prior to the train departure.  Wine selections may vary according to availability.

During the Ride

The celebration continues to flow aboard the train with an assortment of fine wines sold by the bottle.

Passengers can leisurely raise a toast to the dramatic scenery and adventurous excursion aboard Verde Canyon Railroad as spring brings to life the wild beauty of the Canyon.

During your four-hour train ride enjoy the on-train appetizers featuring gourmet meats, cheeses, crackers, fruit and brownie bites. Verde Canyon Railroad private-label wines are available for purchase throughout the train ride.

Even more enjoyable is stepping outside from the comfortable interior coach to the adjoining open-air viewing car. This is the best vantage point to take in the fresh air and views of spring in bloom during this four-hour excursion near the remote Sycamore Wilderness, accessible only by rail.

If not participating with the Uncorked Wine Festival event, standard train fares are available.

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