Napa Valley Winery
“Wine is bottled poetry” - R.L Stevenson
Napa Valley is considered the birthplace of American wine and wine from a Napa Valley winery is the most revered in all of America. The valley has 16 unique AVA appellations besides the major Napa Valley appellation. This comes as no surprise because the region produces more world renowned wines than any other place in America. When you visit the Napa valley you will realize that there are almost 400 wineries here some of which date back to the 1800s. The more recent vineyards have state of the art equipment but make small quantities of wine which is highly sought by wine lovers.
There is no one who produces wine in Napa Valley that can ever forget the 1976 Judgment of Paris wine tasting competition. The winning Cabernet Sauvignon came from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar, while in the white wine section it was Chateau Montelena, one of the earliest wineries in the Napa valley, that won the best wine for Chardonnay. There was a lot of disbelief that the best wines came from a Napa valley winery and not from France, historically famous for its wines. Two of the earliest wineries in Napa valley are Rutherford California and the Inglenook Winery and other that came up in the 1800s are Beaulieu, Beringer and Charles Krug. Today there is no land in the area that does not have at least one Napa Valley winery because 45, 000 acres are planted in vineyards.
Most of the Napa Valley Wineries are family run and whether large or small all have something unique to offer to the enotourist besides the rounds of wine tasting. Enotourism offers visits to wineries, wine tasting, walk through vineyards and if they visit during harvest season they can even take part in grape harvesting. Napa Valley is one of the most beautiful places to visit and needs to be visited at least once.
Most of the wineries have a wine tasting room and the more flourishing wineries have giant sized outfits that cater for wines that have an international destination. More than 4% of the finest wine is produced at a Napa Valley winery. Napa valley has the right soil, climate and the elevation that helps grapes grow and the experienced winemakers know a heap about winemaking. They have learnt to match the right grape variety to the right location and the winemaking style matches that grape variety so that some unique wines are created in each Napa Valley winery. Here you will find a variety of wines from the traditionally sparkling wines to the light and fresh Sauvignon Blanc, the silky smooth Pinot Noir, the full bodied and rich Chardonnay besides the American Zinfandel, also the legendary Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the varietal Merlot.
Thanks to efforts made by each Napa Valley winery like Beaulieu, Beringer Vineyards, Christian Brothers and Charles Krug Estate that the Napa valley wine is today considered among the best in the world.