Yountville Travel Guide
Drifting above undulating acres of vineyards in a hot-air balloon is one of the most singular experiences you can have in wine country.
Thomas Keller, the famed restaurateur who made the small town of Yountville in Napa a culinary destination, opened this casual bakery as a way to service the bread and pastry needs of his neighboring restaurants French Laundry and Bouchon Bistro.
In downtown Yountville, this Italian villa-style spa is part of the larger Villagio resort.
Founder Jean-Noel Formeaux du Sartel affectionately named this winery after his family’s 900-year-old castle in France, although the tasting room and surrounding estate don’t bear much of a resemblance.
Drop by the concrete bar at Girard’s tasting room and order a flight of its award-winning wines. Or reserve a private tasting paired with small bites (Ewephoria Dutch Gouda; duck foie gras mousse).
Following a 36-mile route between Napa and St. Helena, this tour provides optimal views of the Napa Valley from an old-fashioned train comprised of nine vintage cars, all built between 1915 and 1952.
Domaine Chandon was founded in 1973 by the European company Moët-Hennessy; today it continues to combine traditional French winemaking practices with quality California fruit.
Looking for an 18th-century silver candelabra? How about a vintage Eames chaise longue? The whimsical boutique, which doubles as a gallery and wine-tasting salon, stocks an eclectic collection of unconventional art, antiques, and furniture.
Located on a 23-acre estate, V Marketplace is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The brick walled, open-air, two-leveled structure is more than 30,000 square-feet and has been in existence since 1870.
As a connoisseur of Bordeaux, Canadian-born businessman Cliff Lede injected himself into the professional wine trade in 2002, purchasing 60 acres of vineyards in the Stags Leap District.