BRYSON CITY — After great success in 2015 with MacNeill Uncorked, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR) is collaborating with The French Broad Vignerons to present the latest specialty train, The Railroad Reserve.
This unique wine and rails pairing will operate May 7 and June 11, powered by one of GSMR’s diesel engines and Sept. 3, powered by the historic Steam Engine No. 1702. Trains will depart from the historic Bryson City Depot at 6:30 p.m. for a three-hour excursion.
Passengers will enjoy a full service, all-adult, first class ride with a narrator to present each pour, guiding guests through the tasting of eight featured wines. In addition, the skillful narrator will share knowledge and history of Western North Carolina’s diverse wine region. This specialty train also will feature a select sampling of cheeses, choice of one of the freshly made entrée options prepared exclusively for the Railroad Reserve, ending with a chef-selected dessert.
GSMR and The French Broad Vignerons have skillfully selected an array of red and white wines to complement each meal option, providing a traditional tasting experience. All passengers will receive a GSMR souvenir stemless wine glass to take home with them.
Tickets for this brand new specialty train are $129 per adult (21 and older only). For more information and reservations, visit www.GSMR.com/wine-experience or call 1-800-872-4681.