This year the SF NACE board went to Napa for our annual retreat! We had the pleasure of boarding the Quattro Vino Wine Train first thing in the morning and spending the next six hours enjoying the beautiful wine country scenery, eating the delectable food on board, and sipping wine from four fabulous wineries along the way.
The Quattro Vino departs from the heart of Napa at roughly 10:00 AM, as you board the train you are greeted with a glass of champagne and a stunning remodeled vintage train car complete with luxurious seats and tables to sit around. As the train leaves the station the first course is delivered, and after each stop, another course is brought to the table all while you have the option of ordering wine and other beverages in between (don't worry, they will keep them chilled as you exit the train for each stop)! To sum it up: the service is impeccable, the food delicious, and the view is unparalleled, making this the perfect outing for any group!
First stop: Robert Mondavi
"Robert Mondavi established his namesake winery in 1966 with a vision to create Napa Valley wines that would stand in the company of the world’s finest. He chose To Kalon Vineyard in the heart of the Napa Valley as the home for Robert Mondavi Winery. This first-growth vineyard, located in Oakville, California, is renowned for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world, as well as for its Sauvignon Blanc grapes, from which Mr. Mondavi crafted his signature wine, Fumé Blanc."
Second Stop: Charles Krug
"The oldest winery in Napa Valley is also home to California's first tasting room. Opened for public tastings in 1882 by Charles Krug, our tasting room has evolved into a world-class hospitality center, renowned for its exceptional wines, stunning design, and storied heritage."
Third Stop: Merryvale Cask Room
"Merryvale's proprietors, the Schlatter Family, are winemaking traditionalists with a deep respect for Napa's winemaking legacy and a dynamic vision for the future of Napa Valley. They are committed to preserving the winery's rich history without compromising their forward-looking plans. With acclaimed winemaker, Simon Faury, they have sharpened their focus on Bordeaux varieties, the wines for which Napa is most renowned."
Last Stop: V. Sattui Winery
"V. Sattui Winery stands today as the result of hard work, dedication, and the extraordinary vision of two men who happen to be related. Vittorio Sattui started the business in 1885 after emigrating from Genoa, Italy. The law-abiding Vittorio was forced to shut down when Prohibition went into effect, and the winery would lay dormant until 1976, when Vittorio’s great-grandson, Dario, would realize his dream of resurrecting the family business in the town of St. Helena in Napa Valley."
Not only was this the perfect day for connecting with one another and brainstorming amazing ideas for the 2017 calendar, we were able to experience some of Napa's most beautiful wineries & event spaces! We highly suggest that all of our industry friends experience this for themselves so they can pass it along to all of their clients!
A HUGE thank you to Robin and the Napa Valley Wine Train for allowing us to be among the first groups to experience the Quattro Vino experience!