The town of Yountville gets its name from George Calvert Yount, who was considered responsible for launching the first vineyard in the Napa Valley area. In 1836, Yount was given a Spanish Land Grant from the government of Mexico, which he named Caymus Rancho, and in 1867, two years after his death, it was renamed Yountville. In 1868, the railroad came into the town, which also brought Gottleib Groezinger. Groezinger’s addition to the town was to build a winery, barrel room and distillery, which today are known as Vintage 1870. The town was then incorporated in 1965.
Yountville has some of the finest dining options in the world, including the only Michelin 3-star restaurant in Northern California and two Michelin 1-star restaurants. One of the world’s best restaurants, Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, is in Yountville. Another restaurant in Yountville, Ad Hoc, which serves comfort food, is owned by Thomas Keller. No matter what your dining preference is, you can find it in Yountville. Food choices range from French, Italian, Bistro, Pacific Rim and California Cuisine to simple, down-home cooking. Dining options vary from intimate tables, lunch at a vineyard, curbside cuisine to even causal patio dining. Many of the areas’ Bed and Breakfasts, luxury inns and fine hotels offer great dining as well.
To counterbalance the fine dining you will do in Yountville, there are an array of active possibilities in the town. There are many beautifully landscaped parks for pleasant strolls and other activities, which include courts for volleyball, basketball, tennis, and bocce. The parks also have children’s playground equipment and picnic areas, which can be reserved. Yountsville is home to the Lincoln Theatre and Napa Valley Museum. History buffs will enjoy a walking tour of the hospital buildings and local landmarks. Both children and adults can marvel at the beauty of the hot air balloons taking flight as well.
The homes in the Yountville real estate market vary in style and price to suit any buyer’s personal tastes. This charming California town with fabulous dining, wineries and a variety of activities is just waiting for you to call it home. Terry Wunderlich at Napawunder.com is available with her team of expert real estate agents to help you out in your Napa home buying or home selling needs.