Within with its small area, Yountville has several walking tours. Depending upon your energy level and interest, try the Historical Tour or the unique Art Walk with all its sculptures, many of which are for sale. The Napa Valley Museum offers a different look at the evolution of the Valley.
Start wine tasting just south of the Yountville AVA at Silenus Vintners in the Oak Knoll AVA. Find a unique collection of artisan winemakers who both make their wine onsite and showcase it in the contemporary tasting room. You’ll enjoy the 2010 Poe Chardonnay, the 2007 Highlands Napa Valley Zinfandel and the 2007 Matthiasson Red Wine blend among others.
No trip to Yountville is complete without a visit to Domaine Chandon. Known for its sparkling wines, the modern tasting room and casual terrace are the perfect spots to sip bubbles. Hard to choose, but don’t miss the Reserve Brut, the Blanc de Noirs and the étoile Brut. Pair your favorites with something from the Tasting Lounge Menu (more in Dine).
Just across town, up in the hills, Goosecross has been making wine since 1985. The friendly environment in the tasting room (the barrel cellar) and the knock-out views make for a fun visit. You’ll love the 2009 Estate Chardonnay and the 2009 Cabernet Franc. Goosecross has a creative program to raise money through wine sales for nonprofit organizations.
Back downtown, visit Cornerstone Cellars. Open and airy, it’s a wonderful place to people watch and taste wine. From their two labels, don’t miss the 2008 Howell Mt. Cabernet Sauvignon (Cornerstone Cellars) and the 2009 Cabernet Franc (Stepping Stone).
When it’s time to unwind, find heated swimming pools at the Villagio (with private cabanas) and Bardessono. And if it’s luxurious treatments you’re after, both have their own spa, as does the North Block.
Even though Washington Street is lined with art galleries, restaurants, boutiques and wineries, many shops are concentrated in the V Marketplace. In 1870, the V was the Groezinger winery, barrel room and distillery built by Gottleib Groezinger who purchased twenty acres from George Yount. Now discover home accessories, jewelry, photography, glass work, chocolates, restaurants and wineries.
Don’t forget, wineries hope you’ll buy wine and other goodies when you visit, so don’t disappoint.
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