Mike Grgich’s 100th bday celebration on the Wine Train

Come raise a glass in celebration, Napa style, to one of the people who helped put Napa on the map during the 1976 Judgement of Paris Tasting.

Mike Grgich turns 100 this April 1st and so the Napa Valley Wine Train is proud to feature a 1-day very special train excursion; 3 course lunch on board our main train going North complimented with disembarking for a 2-hour winery party with wine, small bites and a zoom visit with Mike himself at his legendary Grgich Hills Estate Winery.

Yes, taste the wine that put Napa Valley on the map and get the inside track to a true Napa Valley legend. Then re-board for the ride South back to the station on our small train in our open air car where we will invite you and others who rode this small train to dancing as we roll back into the station to end the day.


April 1st 2023

Suggested Attire

We encourage our guests to dress in layers as well as wear comfortable shoes since some walking is necessary, especially during the tasting portion of your experience.


  • 10:30 AM – Check in
  • 10:50 AM – Board the Train
  • 11:30 AM – Train departs
  • 1:30 PM – Disembark at Grgich Hills
  • 3:30 PM – Board the Open Air Car on Legacy Train
  • 4:15 PM – Train returns


  • Multiple-course gourmet lunch
  • 1.5-hour journey aboard our vintage train
  • 2-hour tasting and celebration of Mike Grgich’s Centennial Birthday
  • 1 hour journey with dancing and music on our Open Air Car

Package Details

Your day begins with an elegant tranquil train journey northbound through the spectacular Napa Valley aboard our intimate luxury rail car where your gourmet lunch awaits. Private-label wine. Soup du Jour or fresh Baby Lettuce Salad. And your choice of gourmet entrées.

Croatian-born founder and winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich is the man behind Grgich Hills Estate. He’s also renowned for his role in the 1976 Paris Tasting, a blind tasting of renowned white Burgundies from France and a sampling of new Napa Valley Chardonnays. Shocked French judges selected Mike Grgich’s 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay as the finest white wine in the world, making him a legend. Today Grgich Hills is known for producing world-class wines sustainably, with care and passion.

Go on a behind-the-scenes tasting at Grgich cellar and production. Surrounded by oak barrels and the enticing aromas of wine at various stages of its journey, get an exclusive taste of a variety of Grgich Hills wines. Explore the beautiful outdoor patio and overlook the legendary terroir that took the wine world by storm. Grgich is still very much involved at the winery and vineyard. With any luck, you just might meet this sprightly and charming legend in person.

A legendary tasting to celebrate Mikes 100th Birthday, for the return trip you will get the pleasure of joining the Legacy Train for its return trip for music and dancing through the Napa Valley back to Napa.

All package, pricing and menus are subject to change

Pricing is exclusive of gratuity

All of our winery tasting stops require moderate stair climbing and standing for extended periods. We encourage guests who may have difficulty performing these two activities to consider one of our dining journeys. In the spirit of traditional rail seating, you may share a table with another party.

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In an effort to create more seamless dining and retail experiences for our guests The Napa Valley Wine Train is now accepting cashless payments only.

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Train Station Location

1275 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA, 94559

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April 01