A foodie’s paradise, Yountville is the home of The French Laundry, Bouchon, Bistron Jaunty, Bottega, and other extraordinary finds. Yountville has more Michelin stars per capita than any other town in the United States. And, it was a wine from Yountville, Stags Leap Wine Cellars, that blew the lid off Napa’s fine wines and food in 1976’s world’s blind-tasting held in Paris.
A stagecoach stop, then a grist mill, then home to a veteran’s center, Yountville was an unlikely town to become a major foodie destination, although it has some of the prettiest scenery in the valley.
George Yount was the first white settler in the Napa Valley. In 1836 he got a Spanish land grant from the Mexican government. It was the first such grant awarded to an American Citizen in Northern California. The town was originally called Sebastopol, but it was changed to Yountville two years after his death. Yount had no idea what he was starting, but he was also the man who planted the first grape vines in the Napa Valley.
Yountville is easy to love because of its slow pace, gentle rolling hills, and views. But its history lends it a texture that transcends time.
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Written by Allie Lynch