The idyllic town of Yountville, a tiny hamlet located between Napa and St. Helena, is located right off Route 29, the main route that runs through Napa Valley. The town is less than a square mile in size and populated with a variety of restaurants, tasting rooms and shops. It is sophisticated, yet restful, and has the greatest concentration of Michelin Star restaurants per capita of any town in the world, offering visitors the chance to enjoy cuisine that rivals anywhere.
A few miles in all directions are several hundred wineries that offer some of the best tasting experiences worldwide. In addition, the quaint town of Yountville is home to a number of great tasting rooms that are just within a stone’s throw of the Napa Valley Lodge. Among many of the notable wineries and tasting rooms to visit are: Domaine Chandon, Ma(i)sonry, Hope and Grace Winery, Jessup Cellars, Girard Winery, Somerston Wine Co, and Cornerstone Cellars.
The best part about Yountville is that you can park your car and never need to use it. You can walk to almost everything if you choose, bike, or take the complimentary town trolley.
For history buffs, the town’s name is derived from the name of early pioneer George Calvert Yount. Mr. Yount was considered responsible for establishing the first vineyard in the Napa Valley in 1838. And you thought Napa Valley has only been making wine for a few decades…