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Best Downtown Tasting Rooms in Yountville

Best Downtown Tasting Rooms in Yountville

Yountville has distinguished itself as the culinary capital of Napa Valley, boasting several Michelin-starred restaurants, but the small town has also emerged as a premier destination for wine tasting, with dozens of tasting rooms located in the walkable downtown. Offering a wide range of experiences, from modern and artistic to rustic and family-owned, Yountville’s tasting rooms remain the best, most convenient way to learn about the diverse wines of the area. Here is an overview of our top picks:

 

Hope & Grace, 6540 Washington St.: A local favorite, the Hope & Grace tasting room offers visitors a relaxed, intimate tasting experience in a cottage-like venue in downtown Yountville. Choose among the winery’s limited production of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Dry Riesling or add a wine and cheese pairing for an additional fee. The tasting room is dog friendly and only requires a reservation for groups of five or more.

 

Priest Ranch, 6490 Washington St.: A beautiful space with high ceilings and modern décor in downtown Yountville, Priest Ranch offers tastings of their limited-production, primarily red wines as well as pairings with local cheeses and charcuterie. The tasting room does not require reservations and is open until 7 p.m., later than most wineries.

 

Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, 6711 Washington St.: A collective wine, art and design gallery, Ma(i)sonry stands as a unique property offering guests a memorable tasting experience. Visitors can enjoy tasting flights inside the showroom of the one-hundred-year-old stone manor or in the beautiful garden. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are recommended for large groups. Like several others, the property is dog friendly.

 

Hill Family Estate, 6512 Washington St.: True to its name, the Hill Family Estate is a family venture, and their downtown tasting room is an inviting spot to learn about their Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignons and Pinot Noirs. The venue also features a number of items such as Fender guitars and antique furniture that have been stained with the Hill Harvest red wine. Visit in the summer and take the secret garden tour on the estate’s grounds, where organic produce is grown for local restaurants, including The French Laundry.

 

Jessup Cellars, 6740 Washington St.: Jessup combines wine with art in their tasting room, which also serves as an art gallery with rotating exhibits. Owned by four families, Jessup prides itself on providing a relaxed environment for seasoned and novice wine lovers alike to learn about their Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Francs, Zinfandels and Petit Verdots. While reservations for wine and cheese pairings are required, walk-ins are welcome at their dog-friendly tasting bar.

 

Hestan Vineyards, 6548 Washington St.: One of the most visually striking tasting rooms, Hestan is a newer addition to the downtown Yountville circuit. Completed in 2013, the stunning modern exterior boasts large windows that fill the building with natural light. The boutique winery produces less than 750 cases annually of each of their red Bordeaux varietals, making tastings all the more unique. The comfortable tasting room also offers plenty of seating for guests to relax during their visit.

 

Silver Trident Winery, 6495 Washington St.: A small-production winery specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, Silver Trident offers a unique tasting room concept in Yountville. There is no tasting bar in the Tuscan-style home; guests are instead invited to sit in the living room, dining room or library – all furbished by Ralph Lauren Home. Each tasting is accompanied by a food pairing and encourages guests to slow down and relax. Walk-ins are welcome, and the winery is open until 7 p.m. daily.  

 

Cornerstone Cellars, 6505 Washington St.: The spacious tasting room is warm and inviting with simple décor that lacks the pretense of a larger estate. Guests can choose among three wine flights that can be enjoyed either at the tasting bar or at private tables. Food and wine pairing are available upon request, and reservations are not required for small groups. Cornerstone does not sell their wines (Cabernet Sauvignons, Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays) to stores, so be sure to pick up any favorites on your visit.

 

A final note: Most wineries will offer wine and food pairings for an additional fee and will waive a standard flight tasting fee with the purchase of wine. Reservation policies vary considerably among the wineries, so plan ahead to ensure you won’t be turned away, particularly if traveling in a group of more than five people. Then, just sit back and enjoy a taste of Yountville’s finest wines.

 

By Meg Healy

 

Meg Healy is a freelance writer and a native of Sonoma County, CA. 

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