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The Winery Train

Visit one of New Jersey's most beautiful Wineries!

This weekend we will celebrate Dia de las Madres with a delicacy native to Mexico  chocolate!  Bring your "Mamacita" to the winery and we will honor her with a gift long stem chocolate rose.

Enjoy a beautiful journey along the scenic Delaware River behind New Jersey's only operating steam locomotive. Visit to one of New Jersey's most beautiful Wineries.  After a Steam Train ride along the Delaware and a short bus ride through rolling farmlands, you will arrive at Villa Milagro Vineyards There, you will learn how grapes are grown and made into wine with a nice tour of the grounds. Then you will have about one hour to sample their delicious wines and have an opportunity to purchase them at the source. Once that is done, they will let you know when the bus has come back to pick you up and bring you back to the train, so no worries about being left behind!
Once the bus drops you back off and you board the train again, it will begin to make its journey home... but not before passing the Ol' Susquehanna Mine! You are welcome to detrain at the Mine free of charge and spend as much time as you like relaxing in the picnic grove and then catch a later train home (trains come every hour and half) If you would like to enjoy your wine with a picnic, bring a lunch and relax at picnic tables in tree groves at the Ol'Susquehanna Mine/Corn Maze grove or at the station in Phillipsburg where you originally parked (please see our website for pictures of our groves at the mine/maze and at the station). The cost is $35 per person and it includes everything for a day filled with wine and fun!
 

The Train

Enjoy a ride on our historic passenger coaches.

The Winery

Resting on a ridge, overlooking both the Delaware and Musconetcong Rivers, Villa Milagro Vineyards offers panoramic views of four counties in two states. Raised in the Central Valley of California which produces 75% of the state's wine grapes, winemaker Dr. Audrey Cross-Gambino blends wines made from Villa Milagro's ten varieties of grapes to create complex and interesting wines. Husband Steve Gambino oversees all operational aspects of the vineyard and winery, insuring that their wines maintain the boutique quality standards of some of Europe's best hand-made wines. You will tour the vineyard to learn how beneficial insects and birds are attracted; how weeds and disease are controlled without herbicides and pesticides; and how natural compost enriches the soils. Then learn how grapes become wines and are aged and blended to form Villa Milagro's delicious wines. Roam the 104 acres of breathtaking views that earn this vineyard its name, Villa Milagro which is Spanish for "home of miracles!" You are welcome to host your private events here as well as come anytime on the Winery Train.

On The Train

On the train you will have your very own guide who will inform you about the railroad and our historic equipment. We are there to answer your questions and provide you with support during your trip.

Our picnic groves

We have two beautiful picnic groves. The largest is in Phillipsburg at our station with views of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers. Our most beautiful picnic grove is located at  the stop for our Ol'Susquehanna Mine called "Snyders". Here we have about 20 picnic tables under beautiful sprawling pine trees. Also located at this stop are both the Ol' Susquehanna Mine and  the Corn Maze ( in season). If you opt to use the picnic grove at the mine location you can take the next train north ( 1 1/2 hours later) to return back to the station. You may also enjoy the mine experience which is only $5.00 or the Corn Maze, also $5.00. Both of these tickets can be purchased on site.

 


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Fun!

Great fun for the whole family!

August 16, 2016:

We had a great time on the wine train on 8/29/16. Well organized getting us on the train. The scenery down the Delaware river was very pretty. A school bus with a lovely driver (Luz) took us from the train on a short ride to the winery. Once there, we were greeted on the bus by the owner. We had a very nice private tour for our group and then a tasting of wine with snacks. We tend to like dryer wines and found even their sweeter varieties very drinkable. Our hosts were charming and informative. A great day out!

October 23, 2016:

Had a great time on this trip. We learned ahead of time that you can bring your own drinks and snacks on the train so we were prepared. You can also open the wine you purchased at the winery on the return trip if you bring a corkscrew! Nice ride with beautiful foliage. It is rushed at the winery, they really should give you a little more time there but all in all a very enjoyable day. Go with a group and BYOB! It's fun!

September 18, 2016:

We went on the trip yesterday and it was a perfect day. The volunteer on the train was very knowledgeable about the history of the area as well as the train. It was very informative and interesting. The scenery along the Delaware was gorgeous. Unfortunately, the train does not yet go all the way to the winery. We were told that they have a 1/2 a mile of track left and it will drop off at the winery driveway. We were picked up by a school bus but it was a short ride so it was not uncomfortable. I was pleasantly surprised that the owner of the winery met us at the end of their driveway and got on the bus with us. She proceeded to give us a little tour of the vineyard. Once at the winery she spoke a little bit about the harvest and grapes etc. Then we went up to the "work area" (I'm sure it has a more technical term) and she explained the fermenting process. We then got to go into the bottling room. It was a neat experience. After our tour we sampled 6 wines with hot hor d'oeuvres. After our tasting the owner announced that the glasses were ours to keep as a gift from the winery. We bought 4 bottles to take home. My only negative comment would be that I wished we had more time at the winery. It may be one of the prettiest wineries in New Jersey and it would have been nice to relax on the porch and sip some wine. Some people on our tour brought picnic lunches and stopped at the mine picnic area. We choose to skip that part and instead went on to another winery (Four Sisters Winery) which is about 30 minutes north of the train depot. We will definitely go back to Villa Milagro and I recommend both the train and the winery.

By Car

Located at the intersection of Interstate 78 and Highway 22  we are exactly 73 miles from both New York City and Philadelphia. Please click here for directions.

By bus

Transbridge Lines operates into Easton Pennsylvania. The bus station is under one mile away, just a short taxi ride or walk. Click here for the bus companies web site.

By Taxi/cabs

Via Uber or local taxi companies we are just  a short ride from the bus station in Easton Pennsylvania.

The Winery Train in pictures

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