There’s nothing better than exploring a part of New Jersey you have not yet seen. To top it all off, a day trip full of locally sourced wine, beautiful sceneries and unique Garden State history would only enhance any getaway. The Winery Train takes guests all through a historic NJ vineyard, giving them the chance to increase their knowledge of the winemaking process, sample a number of varietals and channel their inner wine connoisseur.
About The Winery Train in NJ
The Warren County Winery Train takes wine enthusiasts on a journey to one of the most beautiful vineyards and wineries in NJ — Villa Milagro Vineyards. During the train ride, guests will learn all about the historic train route along the Delaware River, as well as the equipment inside the train. It all begins at Lehigh Junction Station. Here, you’ll enter one of the many vintage passenger cars.
The train was built in 1988 by the Tangshan Locomotive Works in China. It was patterned after locomotives of the bygone era. Passenger cars are decorated in a similar style, allowing passengers to float back in time during the ragtime music period. Guests will also be accompanied by an experienced tour guide, who could answer a number of questions ranging from facts about the winery to information about the historic train route.
The Villa Milagro Vineyard Tour
Upon exiting the train, guests will take a short 15-minute bus ride through extensive farmland. Once at the vineyard, guests learn about how the grapes are grown, how vital natural compost is to the soil and more. There will also be additional information about the Villa Milagro winemaking process. Hors d’oeuvres will be served alongside wine samples as an accompaniment. The tour of the vineyard is approximately an hour-long experience.
This vineyard is known for its breathtaking views, truly earning the Villa Milagro name, “House of Miracles.” Villa Milagro Vineyard rests on a ridge that overlooks the Delaware and Musconetcong River. Goers can expect picturesque views of four counties in two different states.
There is no need to rush through the wine tasting experience. A staff member will let you know when the bus has arrived to take you back to the train. On the way home, there’s a pit stop at the Ol’ Susquehanna Mine. Here, guests can enjoy their wine and a packed lunch in one of their many picnic groves. Trains come every 90 minutes to pick up guests from the mine.
The Winery Train Tickets and Times
The Winery Train begins its route to The Villa Milagro Vineyard on May 1 and it runs until October 31. Typically, train trips begin at 11 a.m. In September and October, additional times of 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. are added upon demand. The ride is one-and-a-half hours, giving guests plenty of time to soak in the views from their seats.
Tickets are $40 per adult. The excursions occur every Saturday and Sunday, making it the perfect weekend adventure.
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