Are you interested in visiting Yountville wineries on your next trip to Napa? Keep reading to learn more about the best places to sip, savor, and see in Yountville.
Located in the heart of Napa Valley, is the charming town of Yountville. Yountville is known for its Michelin-star restaurants, luxurious hotels, dedication to the arts, and of course exceptional wines. As a foodie and wine lover, it is one of my favorite towns in Napa.
Yountville is not just a city within Napa Valley, it is also the name of its own AVA. American Viticultural Area, AVA is a specific area of land registered and recognized as a superior place to grow wine. Yountville AVA was named after George Yount, who was the first person to plant grapevines in the area in 1836.
Wine lovers will appreciate that unlike other areas of Napa, it’s not just about the Cabernet Sauvignon. Varietals like Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Merlot are all successful here due to the microclimates and the diversity of soils.
If you’re like me and love food, wine, and culture then it’s a must-visit destination. Create a trip entirely around Yountville or make it a part of your Napa Valley itinerary. a part of your Napa Valley vacation
Keep reading for your guide to the best of Yountville wineries, restaurants, hotels, and experiences.
Best Yountville Wineries
The tiny town of Yountville is home to 14 tasting rooms and 7 wineries. The downtown tasting rooms are located close to each other, and easily walkable. Fun fact, Yountville requires tasting rooms to dedicate 25% of their space to retail. Making Yountville the perfect place to stock up on wine-country souvenirs.
There is a tasting experience for everyone in Yountville. From familiar names like Domaine Chandon to top-notch boutique wineries like Hope & Grace. Below are some of my favorite wineries and tasting rooms in Yountville.
Silver Trident Winery
One of the most beautiful tasting rooms in all of Napa is located on Washington Street in the heart of Yountville, Silver Trident. The elegant tasting room is furnished by Ralph Lauren Home. Each room offers space for guests to enjoy private tastings. Their mission is for guests to feel as welcome and comfortable as they do in their own homes. In fact, they refer to the tasting space not as a room but as a tasting home.
Silver Trident focuses on single-varietal wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir. Their wines are rich, velvety, and deeply complex. Guests can choose between a tasting of 5 wines or opt for a unique experience- The Potato Chip Extravaganza. Each wine is paired with a different flavor of kettle chip. My favorite is the Sauvignon Blanc with the Sour Cream Chip, an unexpected match made in heaven!
When I am in Napa, I try to purchase wines that I can only find in Napa. Often these are from wineries that have varietals or vintages that can be found back home but also offer wines that can only be purchased directly from the winery. If you are anything like me, then you need to add Jessup Cellars to your itinerary for your next Napa trip. The wines from Jessup Cellars are only available through their Tasting Gallery and in select Napa Valley restaurants.
Guests can opt to taste in the wine bar or the Tasting Gallery. To truly get an appreciation for the Jessup Cellars culture and mission, I recommend sitting in the Tasting Gallery, which features curated art from regional and national artists.
Their word-of-mouth reputation and incredible wines have built them a loyal following and many wine club members. One of the most unique aspects is their dedication to building a community of wine and art lovers. Their events calendar is filled with different happenings such as Appreciation Nights to Live Music events and even a Danube River
I am a big fan of starting my Napa trip off with a sparkling wine tasting, and one of the best Yountville wineries for this is Domaine Chandon. Domaine Chandon was established by Moet et Chandon businessman, John Wright in 1973.
The expansive estate is stunning, and the perfect place to capture photos for Instagram. There are a few different tasting options, where you can try some of the traditional sparkling wines or the more unique wines like Garden Spritz Tea.
For the rock n’ roll fans, a wine tasting at Cliff Lede vineyards is a must. The vineyard blocks all have music-themed names, like “Abbey Road” and “My Generation.” The winemaking team gets creative with the wine names when they “mash-up” two or three blocks. “Cinnamon Stardust” and “Landslide Fire” are two of the past vintages.
It’s a unique juxtaposition to combine rock n’ roll with refined and elegant wines, but here, it just works. There are a few different tasting experiences you can choose from. On my last Napa trip, I chose the VIP Tasting. It was a little cool outside, and the friendly staff brought out beautiful plush blankets for us, which was a nice touch.
For a truly personalized experience, you must visit Handwritten Wines. Handwritten has become a gathering place for lovers of wine due in part to its exceptional wines, but also because of the people who work there.
Their knowledgeable staff go above and beyond to ensure that each guest has a memorable visit. There are a few different options for visitors to choose from. The most popular of the private tastings are the Classic Experience and the Bread and Butter Experience.
Both experiences feature 4 wines in a side-by-side comparative format focusing on the Napa Valley hillside and the mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon. The Classic Experience includes white truffle potato chips and fluffa crackers. The Bread and Butter Experience pairs the wine white truffle potato chips, Bouchon Bakery baguette, different jars of butter as well as Coppa Salame and basque cheese.
Wine and bacon?! Say less! Priest Ranch has one of the most unexpected tastings around, a wine and bacon tasting experience. Four distinct cuts of pork belly are served with four of their carefully selected wines.
Since they began in 2007, they have adopted a minimalistic approach to winemaking. The goal is for the fruit of each wine to reveal the unique character of the terroir. Some of the more uncommon varietals that you can taste here are a Brut Rose made from 100% Syrah, and a Grenache Blanc.
The friendly staff are extremely knowledgeable and make you feel right at home. It is one of my favorite tasting rooms in downtown Yountville for this reason.
Any successful day of wine tasting will also include fabulous food. Napa Valley is known for its incredible food, almost as much as it is for producing award-winning wines. Many of Napa’s best restaurants can be found in the small town of Yountville, making it the culinary capital of Napa Valley.
Perhaps one of the most iconic and well-known restaurants in Napa is Chef Thomas Keller’s French Laundry. It is a three-Michelin-star restaurant that focuses on French and Californian cuisine. The chef’s nine-course tasting menu highlights French technique while using the highest quality ingredients available. Many of the ingredients come from the French Laundry garden across the street from the restaurant.
Dining at the French Laundry is truly a bucket list experience for any foodie. Reservations are released at the beginning of the month for the following month and are extremely hard to get. If you do get an opportunity to dine here, it is worth it to add the wine pairing to accompany the meal. The sommelier knows what he is doing.
Another famous restaurant in Yountville is Bouchon Bakery. I recommend making a stop here for coffee and a pastry to enjoy while walking around downtown Yountville.
It was originally created to provide bread to Keller’s restaurants but has become an important restaurant on its own. It draws quite a crowd, so make sure to get there early!
The pastry cases are stacked with the most incredible-looking items. Everything from butter croissants to artisanal breads and cookies. I had a hard time deciding what to order but ended up with the chocolate almond croissant. Oh. My. Goodness. Soft, flaky, buttery, chocolatey, and decadent…it is a pastry I daydream of often.
The Restaurant at RH Yountville
One of the most stunning restaurants in Yountville is the Restaurant at Restoration Hardware. The design is impeccable. You will feel as if you are dining in a Parisian Garden as you are surrounded by olive trees and chandeliers dripping with thousands of crystals all under a soaring glass roof.
Before my last Napa trip, I was advised to make reservations at RH for pre-dinner cocktails, as the food wasn’t impressive. Fortunately for me, I forgot to do that and ended up stopping by for lunch on my last day. I was as impressed by the food as I was by the design. The lobster roll was buttery and decadent while also being fresh and light at the same time- I’m not sure how that was accomplished, but WOW! The French Dip was arguably the best I have ever had. And the truffle fries were cooked to perfection- crisp and pillowy with the perfect amount of truffle.
Next time I go, I will be checking out the wine vault. The RH wine vault is located in a building separate from the restaurant. It offers a curated collection of the finest wine. You can choose a wine flight, a glass of wine, or a bottle to enjoy.
As I mentioned earlier in this post, Yountville is more than food and wine. Art is also an important aspect of this small town. Take some time to visit an art gallery, like RASgalleries, or the Napa Valley Museum Yountville.
If being outdoors is more your speed, you could rent a bike from Napa Valley Bike Tours and explore on your own or participate in a group cycling tour. For golf lovers, Yountville also has one of the best Championship greens in Northern California, Vintner’s Golf Club.
There are also a variety of boutiques in Yountville. Retail stores line Washington Street, from high-end clothing to home goods and other gifts.
Some of the most luxurious hotels in Napa Valley are in Yountville. Accommodations range from charming bed & breakfast inns to award-winning hotels. The North Block Hotel is one of the most popular Yountville hotels.
Yountville has so much to offer. If you’re taking a trip to Napa Valley, I highly recommend spending at least one day exploring the charming town. I hope this post helped you discover the best Yountville wineries, restaurants, and experiences
6 responses to “Yountville Wineries, Restaurants, and More: The Best of Napa”
Great info. thanks for sharing!
Yountville sounds lovely. My parents visited Napa for their 50th anniversary trip and it’s been on my bucket list ever since.
I have not been to Napa in years. My in-laws have a home in Clear Lake which is not far from Napa. Thanks for a wonderful review of places to visit there.