Durant & Booth

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7856 St. Helena Highway, Durant House, Oakville, CA

Thank you for all the calls, emails and texts during the wildfires. We are forever thankful to our first responders for keeping us all safe. We will re-open our Tasting Salon on Saturday, October 21st for guests. We look forward to seeing you then!

7856 St. Helena Highway, Durant House, Oakville, CA

Durant & Booth

Our History

The pioneering spirit that built the Napa Valley is alive and well today.

A taste of historic Napa Valley

For 140 years the building Durant & Booth now calls home has been an inextricable part of Oakville and the Napa Valley. Built in 1877, in the pioneering days of late-19th century, it withstood a catastrophic fire that razed much of Oakville, witnessed a near-fatal stabbing between feuding owners, and allegedly once housed a resident ghost.

At the turn of the 20th century, Frederick Durant assumed ownership of the property, encompassing the Victorian home and Oakville Grocery, running the store with his business partner Joseph Booth. Durant made the Victorian his home and supplied the two shops he owned—Oakville Grocery next door and a sister store in San Francisco—with the region’s best produce and wine.

Built in 1877, in the pioneering days of late-19th century, it withstood a catastrophic fire that razed much of Oakville, witnessed a near-fatal stabbing between feuding owners, and allegedly once housed a resident ghost.

During Prohibition, travelers from neighboring towns and beyond would stop at Durant’s shop for refreshments en route to neighboring venues that produced beverages of a more illicit variety. Noted Oakville native Sheriff Jack “The Dapper Deputy” Steckter conveniently turned a blind eye to these questionable activities and never made a Prohibition-related arrest in his home town.

Durant owned the house for nearly four decades, selling it shortly before his passing. After a painstaking restoration led by renowned architect Howard Backen, Durant & Booth opened in 2016.

If walls could talk they would share countless stories accumulated over the decades. Instead, we encourage guests to explore the records and artifacts on display that give life to this historic and much loved place.

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