A Scenic Drive With Carl

When you visit the Yountville Welcome Center you are greeted by our volunteers with a warm smile and a wealth of Yountville and Napa Valley knowledge. Since we are unable to welcome you right now we have gathered our volunteers favorite itineraries to help you plan your trip.

Carl holds the title of “Trip Advisor King” at the Yountville Welcome Center. Visit our TripAdvisor page and see just how many glowing reviews he has from visitors! Carl loves to tell our visitors all about Yountville and the Napa Valley. Moonlighting at Wine Country Connection, Carl loves to talk wine with everyone he meets!

Caution – Portions of this drive are through the Vaca Mountains to the east.  Because of the frequent switchbacks, GPS systems may not be reliable, so trust a map or the directions below!

Start by picking up a pick up lunch at Ranch Market Too, just up the street from the Yountville Welcome Center Center.

Head north on Hwy 29, through St. Helena, to Charles Krug Winery. owned by the Mondavi Family, for a wine tasting. Enjoy the historic beauty of Charles Krug while sipping wine on their large outdoor lawn. 

Continue North on Hwy 29 for about a block and turn right onto Deer Park Road. Cross the Silverado Trail and carefully follow Deer Park Road to White Cottage Road. Turn left onto White Cottage Rd.

Continue straight on White Cottage Rd. and turn left onto Ink Grade Road.

Follow Ink Grade and turn left onto Pope Valley Road.  Continue to Pope Valley Winery on the right.

Pope Valley Winery is a fully restored 19th century winery with great wines and a picnic area with spectacular views, so enjoy a tasting while you soak in the views over your picnic lunch.

Afterwards, head south on Pope Valley Road, past Ink Grade, and turn left onto Chiles Pope Valley Road.

Stay on Chiles Pope Valley Road as you wind your way through this beautiful mountain valley, until you end up at Sage Canyon Road/ Hwy 128. (about 16 miles from Pope Valley Winery).

Turn right and follow Sage Canyon Road to Silverado Trail.

Continue south on Silverado to Mumm Napa Valley for a tasting on the terrace, overlooking hundreds of acres of pristine vineyards.  Also, don’t miss their collection of Ansel Adams photographs – it is the most extensive collection open to the public.

After your tasting, continue South on the Silverado Trail, past the Yountville Crossroad to Quxote Winery at 6126 Silverado Trail (look for a road/driveway on the left).  Quixote is home to some wonderful Petit Sirah wines and possibly the most memorable architecture in the entire Valley.

Return to the Silverado Trail and head back up to Yountville Crossroads for a return to Yountville, where you can have dinner at one of our famous restaurants.