The town of Yountville is located along California Highway 29 about 56 miles/ 90 km north of San Francisco. With Calistoga to the north and Napa to the south, Yountville is truly in the heart of Wine Country.
The town was named after George Calvert Yount in 1867, two years after his death. In the 1830s, Yount was considered one of the first settlers in the area to plant wine grapes in Napa Valley.
Public Art Walk Along Washington Street
Chef Philippe Jeanty of Epernay, France opened Bistro Jeanty in 1998:
Signs on the windows indicate they serve cassoulet, saumon fumé, bouillabaisse, paté de lapin…
…soupe de poissons, crème brûlée, steak frites, moules au pastis!
Chef Thomas Keller opened The French Laundry in 1994. Since 2007, it has been a Michelin 3-star restaurant:
Can you see the restaurant sign? I can’t, so let’s zoom in:
Its unassuming exterior means that you could miss the award-winning restaurant if you blink or drive past it too quickly. Which is exactly what we did…
That’s The French Laundry to the right:
Chef Thomas Keller opened Bouchon Bistro in 1998:
The Groezinger Winery was built in 1870 and operated as a winery through 1955. In 1968, it was converted into an upscale retail location. There are tasting rooms, restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques surrounded by a picnic garden. A popular hot air balloon company launches from an adjacent lot near V Marketplace.
Two restaurants owned by Chef Michael Chiarello, Bottega and Ottimo:
Keep walking through the courtyard (above) and you’ll arrive at the beautiful picnic garden. Here’s my favorite flower, the white rose:
Pioneer Yount School Bell
This bell hung from Pioneer Yount School from 1890 to 1947. Today, it is in front of Yountville’s City Hall.
If you need to send someone a postcard, you can drop it off here:
For more information: