Wineries in Napa Valley
The number of people in the US who have made wine their drink of choice has been rising steadily for the past couple of decades. The interest in wine and how it is made has created a huge tourism industry, wine lovers head out to the vineyards and wineries across the country in search of new and exciting flavors. While the interest in wine has only just recently started to explode, the history of grape growing and wine production in the US stretches back centuries in some places. One region that has more history than most is California, and more specifically the wineries in Napa Valley.
Grapes were being grown in Napa Valley as far back as the early 1800’s, but it wasn’t until the 1940’s that vintners realized that they could become more popular if they worked together to develop the region. It was a plan that worked, as the winemakers tried to put the disasters of vine disease and prohibition in the rearview mirror. Both of those events almost totally crippled the wineries in Napa Valley during those times, but the region is now among the most popular in the world, with roughly 500 different wineries now doing business in Napa Valley.
Millions of wine lovers make the pilgrimage to Napa Valley every year, but it’s a region that can quickly seem overwhelming if you don’t do a little planning before you travel. There are countless guided tours through the region that can help make your travels easier, but you can also choose to focus on one of the smaller regions within Napa Valley, as opposed to trying to hit as many as you can at one time. There are 6 of these regions to explore – Calistoga, St. Helena, Oakville-Rutherford, Yountville, Napa, and American Canyon – each of which has its own unique looks and tastes.
There really isn’t a bad choice to be made when selecting where you want to travel, so simply choose one of the many great little towns in Napa Valley as a starting point, and then explore the wineries that surround that town. This is a part of the world that is built on the wine industry, which means they know how to look after those who are coming into town do take a little trip through wine country. Each of the towns and cities that sit around the wineries in Napa Valley is home to some fantastic dining and accommodations.
There are some truly unique trips that can be taken through Napa Valley wine country, with limousines, trains, and even hot air balloons just some of the transportation options at your disposal. You can of course just opt to go on a self-guided tour with no real destination in mind, but you might just miss a little hidden gem if you do so. This is an incredibly large wine region, and we cannot stress enough the importance of planning ahead. You are not going to see everything in a single visit, so perhaps think about prioritizing what’s important to you on your wine journey.