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Best Wine Train in Arizona

Nestled in the heart of Arizona’s stunning Verde Valley is a unique experience that combines breathtaking scenery with world-class wine tastings. This one-of-a-kind excursion takes passengers on a four-hour journey through the lush, green canyon while enjoying a variety of exquisite wines coupled with delicious appetizers. Going into its 20th year, the best wine train in Arizona belongs to the Verde Canyon Railroad’s Grape Train Escape.

When are the Wine Trains?

The Verde Canyon Railroad’s Wine Trains are held on select Saturdays from May through September. They are offered during the spectacular 5:30pm Saturday Starlight Trains and return at 9:30pm. 

2024 Wine Train Dates

The 2024 Grape Train Escape takes place on select Saturday evenings from May through September:

May 11 & 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
July 6, 13, 20 & 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
September 7 & 14

Where are the Wine Trains in Arizona?

Each wine train begins at the Verde Canyon Railroad depot in Clarkdale, Arizona. It winds its way through the scenic beauty of the Verde Canyon, passing through 20 miles of wilderness and taking in stunning views of the deep crimson cliffs and surrounding landscape.

The Wine Train Experience

The Journey

Step aboard the Grape Train Escape for a journey through the breathtaking canyon as you savor award-winning wine and experience a dazzling display of light and color. From the radiant glow of daylight to the enchanting hues of sunset, this sensory adventure is unforgettable. Enjoy first-class accommodations and attentive beverage service right to your seat! Take a step outside into the adjoining open-air cars to feel the wind in your hair for an even more immersive experience.

Open-Air Viewing Cars - Photo Credit Verde Canyon Railroad flickr
Open-Air Viewing Cars – Photo Credit Verde Canyon Railroad flickr

As the train winds through the canyon, take your palate on a journey of discovery. Indulge in Arizona’s best wine train experience with perfectly paired appetizers and wines on the rails. This combination of stunning views, delicious wine and exceptional service make for an unforgettable journey through the heart of Arizona’s wine country.

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply looking for a relaxing evening out, the Wine Trains are sure to impress.

How to Purchase Tickets

The Verde Canyon Railroad’s wine train are a popular attraction in Arizona, and tickets often sell out well in advance. Tickets for the Grape Train Escape can be purchased online at Verde Canyon Railroad’s website here. Please note, you must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets. 

Don’t miss your chance to experience this incredible adventure. It’s the perfect way to spend a wine-filled evening in the beautiful Verde Valley. So – book your tickets now for the 2024 dates!

Uncorked Wine Festival in May

During May, the Uncorked Wine Festival is an exciting event that combines a unique wine tasting and lunch on the patio two hours before the Verde Canyon Railroad’s 1:00pm train departs. Featuring wines from around the world as well as local wines from Arizona’s Verde Valley, there is something to suit every palate. From bold reds to crisp whites and everything in between, guests can enjoy four tastings and take home an etched wine tumbler as a souvenir.

Uncorked Wine Festival Clarkdale - Photo Credit Verde Canyon Railroad flickr
Uncorked Wine Festival Clarkdale – Photo Credit Verde Canyon Railroad flickr

After the wine tasting, passengers will enjoy a scenic train ride through the Verde Canyon’s red rocks with first-class service. Step outside into the adjoining open-air cars to take in the fresh air with unobstructed views of the wilderness. 

Whether you are a seasoned wine connoisseur or a curious novice, the Uncorked Wine Festival is a must-attend event for anyone who loves great wine in a beautiful setting. A bonus of purchasing this package entitles you to a special discount off any bottle purchases after the train ride. 

To purchase tickets and learn more, please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad’s website here

Can’t make any of the wine trains this year? Then check out our guide to wine tasting in Clarkdale, Arizona for more wine-inspired events.

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