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YOUNTVILLE BACKGROUNDER

Founded:   1831, by George Calvert Yount
Yount planted Napa Valley's first grapevines in Yountville. Hence, the town is known as the "birthplace of Napa Valley's wine industry."

Population: 3,506 (Town - 2,306; CA Veterans Home - 1,200)

Elevation: 110 feet above sea level

Location: 45 miles north of San Francisco

Size: 1.56 square miles (998 acres)

Incorporated:  As a general law city, February 4, 1965

Features:    Excellent quality of life, featuring rural charm and residential character.  Frequently referred to as "Napa Valley's newest mecca of food and wine"; reflective of the world-renown chefs and their eateries that have gravitated to this mile-long walking town.

Similar to the Mediterranean area, the Valley offers a year-round moderate climate with average daytime temperatures in the summer of 80 to 90 degrees (F), generally cooling off in the evening.  During the winter months temperatures average between 40 to 60 degrees (F) - perfect jacket weather.

Domaine Chandon was the first French-California partnership for noted sparkling wine producer Moet Chandon.

The town is home to such acclaimed restaurants as Thomas Keller's The French Laundry, Bouchon, and Ad Hoc, the Etoile at Domaine Chandon, Napa Valley Grille, Bistro Jeanty, Redd, and Hurley’s, among others.

V Market Place, the original winery, distillery and wine cellar founded by Gottlieb Groezinger in 1870, is now the charming brick complex of upscale specialty shops, galleries and restaurants.

The four commercial plazas in Yountville are V Market Place, Washington Square, Beard Plaza and Whistlestop Center.

Internationally renowned wineries abound, including S. Anderson Vineyards, Domaine Chandon, Goosecross Cellars, Hill Family Estates, Mumm Napa Valley, Noah Vineyards, Jessup Cellars, Cosentino Winery, many nestled in or near the Stags Leap Appellation.

Blend romance and adventure with a hot air balloon ride furnished by one of several companies based in Yountville, including Adventures Aloft and Napa Valley Balloons.

Fine art and antique galleries join a splendid array of specialty shops town-wide.

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