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.

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 into its 20th 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.

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 of cottonwoods, moody monsoon afternoons, and deep crimson cliffs, compliments a great glass of wine.