Downtown Yountville is foodie heaven with Michelin starred restaurants like French Laundry and Bouchon, and it’s a charming little town for a walk/roll around. Downtown Yountville is also the home of Hill Family Estate. This family owned boutique winery is right on Washington Street, the main drag through town and is a definite stop on a wheelchair accessible wine country tour.
Hill Family Estate
6512 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
Open daily 10:00-6:00 no appointment necessary
Bar tasting $20 per guest
Call to schedule an accessible table tasting
Accessible street parking is relatively easy if you’re going to Hill Family Estate. Right in front of the Yountville Community Center, less than a block from Hill Family Estate, are 2 of the best van accessible parking spaces I’ve seen. Designed as parallel parking spaces, they are huge and allow you to get away from street traffic to park. In fact they’re so large that you don’t even need to go through the motions of parallel parking, but can just pull over and pull in.
The short walk/roll to Hill Family Estate takes you past one of over 30 outdoor art pieces that are installed along Washington Street and tucked into Yountville’s side streets. “Rock Mushrooms” by Richard Botto is installed right across the street from Hill Family Estate and is a great introduction to the eclectic home decor that awaits you inside. Curb cuts at both corners lead you straight to the flat threshold of Hill Family Estate making the approach easily accessible.
Immediately upon entering is the main bar, which is quite striking but not accessible. However to the left amidst the home decor was a table all set up for our tasting, and easily accessible. Jean Newbill, our wine educator and story teller, got us settled and proceeded to charm us with tales of the Hill family and their history of growing grapes in the Napa Valley and evolution to producing wine. In this age of so many wineries being owned by corporations, this winery really is family owned, by Doug and Darci Hill and their adult kids Ryan and Carly, all active in the winery operation.
The tasting fee here is very reasonable at $20 per guest. Jean told us that sometimes people even share a tasting making it even more reasonable. A wonderful addition to tasting our 4 wines was the cheese tray which should be ordered at least 24 hours ahead of time for $15 and serves at least 2 people. Though an appointment isn’t required to taste here, it’s still a good idea just to make sure that the table seating is available. There are actually 2 tables as well as a lounge area with 2 sofas which are accessible for those who can transfer.
The space is small but loaded with a wonderful assortment of memorabilia and eclectic home decor. Loaded, but not crowded, and I was able to easily get around in my scooter. With it being a small space this would be a great winery to visit for someone who can’t walk very far.
Thankfully the small space was large enough to have a unisex accessible restroom!
Hill Family Estates is an incredible experience for a wine tasting day in the Napa Valley. The personalized attention that Jean gave us made us feel special and eliminated the intimidation factor that some wineries have. It’s not about over-the-top architecture or stunning valley views, but about tasting great wine and learning about the people who make it.
- 2 van accessible parking spaces within a half block, plus street parking
- paved city sidewalks with curb cuts
- entrance wide with flat threshold
- ample interior maneuverability space
- accessible Unisex restroom
- roll-under sink
- low mirror
- soap, towels, towel disposal reachable from sink
- water faucet with lever handles
- automatic soap dispenser
- accessible toilet with back and side grab bars
- sufficient transfer space
- roll-under sink
- make an appointment for tastings to guarantee table availability