The Culinary Capital of Napa Valley
Imagine living in a town of just 3,000 residents where you can walk or bicycle to world-class restaurants, spas, and even a 9-hole golf course.
And out of town guests get to stay at luxury hotels and charming inns. The town is Yountville, the new epicenter of Napa Valley. Did we mention the restaurants? Many are chef-owned and award-winning. They are why this idyllic community is called the “Culinary Capital of Napa Valley.”
Of course, the culture and economy of this hamlet are directly related to the wine industry. In fact, in 1999 the Yountville area was approved as an American Viticultural Area (AVA), which means it was recognized as a unique region for growing premium wine grapes. It is warmer than the Carneros AVA to its south, yet cooler than the AVAs to its north and west.
The Legendary Thomas Keller Experience
Renowned for his exceptionally high standards and the only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from Michelin — Thomas Keller owns three restaurants and a bakery in Yountville that redefine the hospitality experience:
The world-famous French Laundry is perhaps his most well-known establishment. Thomas Keller’s flagship restaurant has been described as “the best restaurant in the world” by Anthony Bourdain. With its own vegetable garden and unique menu, you could say that nothing in the area rivals this fabulous dining experience despite the number of outstanding restaurants in the area.
Bouchon Bakery was first opened in July 2003 as a way to provide one-of-a-kind breads to the restaurants in the area. Unexpectedly, the establishment grew into an important establishment of its own. Although you cannot dine in here, this establishment serves as a staple of the area and offers a wonderful selection of breads, pastries, classic desserts, and a few other specialties which were inspired by Thomas Keller’s memories of living in France.
Bouchon Bistro offers authentic French
Bistro fare. Located next to Bouchon bakery, the bread here is to die for. It opened just 4 years after Thomas Keller’s success with French Laundry, and has received the highest accolades from international press and the food industry. I recommend that you dine on the patio to take in the wonderful energy that is Yountville.
Ad Hoc Restaurant is a showcase of American comfort food. Interestingly, the restaurant was meant to be a “placeholder” until a new concept was created… but from its opening, it became widely loved by local Napa Valley residents and tourists alike. It’s a fixed four course menu so you have to wait until the day you want to dine there to know what they will be serving that night.
If you’re foodie you can’t beat Yountville
Although The French Laundry maybe considered the highlight and pinnacle of Yountville’s culinary experience, the list of fine dining choices here will exceed your expectations:
Bottega showcases world-renowned chef Michael Chiarello’s signature bold Italian flavors while pairing local produce and wine.
Bistro Jeanty is a warm, not so little neighborhood restaurant serving authentic French-style fare.
Redd, home to Richard Reddington, a celebrated Chef who for years was the Executive Chef at Auberge du Soleil, is a restaurant featuring world-trotting flavors from China, India, and even Spain.
If you love to have a myriad of fine dining choices, then buying Yountville real estate might be the choice for you.
Also home to many great hotels, spas, and attractions
This town has many hotels, spas and charming inns which are within walking distance of the many cafes, bistros, and eclectic art galleries and shops. The rich and famous check into the Poetry Inn, a 5 room, 5 star Inn perched above a hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in the renowned Stags Leap District.
You can enjoy a relaxing spa experience at both the luxury Bardessono Hotel, commended for their over-the-top service, or the Villagio Inn and Spa. With so many things to do, buying Yountville real estate is becoming an enticing option.
The Lincoln Theater
In 2005, the theater went through a $22 million renovation which transformed it into a modern, state of the art venue with 1200 seats. It is capable of accommodating an array of performing arts from Grammy-award winning solo artists, orchestras, ballet, opera, speakers, and conferences.
The Wine Renaissance
Wine stood at the fore for many decades before the restaurant boom overshadowed its success. But despite this, the wineries here refuse to be outdone — as many visitors from all over the world still come here for coveted wine tastings experiences. Yountville holds many highly regarded wineries such as:
- Kapscandy Family Winery
- Cliff Lede Vineyards
- Blankiet Estate
- Dominus Estate
- Goosecross Cellars
- Domain Chandon
Is Buying Yountville Real Estate Right For You?
There is a great sense of small town community in Yountville and you can walk everywhere – and if the walk is too far there is a complimentary trolley to take you to where you need to go. Residents love to play bocce ball so you can sign up to be on a team which is loads of fun. And what’s not to love about enjoying one fabulous restaurant after another and all the hip wine tasting bars. Is it time for you to consider buying Yountville real estate?