Wine Regions of Napa Valley
One of the most popular California regions for wine is the beautiful Napa Valley. Napa is considered one of the top American Viticultural Areas in California and all of the U.S.
Napa’s history dates back to the early nineteenth century and by the end of the century there were more than 140 wineries in the area. Several of which still exist today.Napa Valley features more than four hundred wineries and grows many different grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, and other popular varietals.
The growing conditions in Napa are uniquely favorable and diverse for growing wine grapes. The combination of Mediterranean climate, geography and geology of the region are conducive to growing quality wine grapes.
Fertile Soil is a Double-edged Sword
The fertile soil that makes Napa Valley grapes so special is a double-edged sword. Because of the geology of the area it is susceptible to Earthquakes.
The Earthquakes cause damage and yet they also continue to break apart the many types of rocks around the valley depositing their riches on the valley floor.
The end results is soil diversity which makes for numerous grape varieties resulting in great wine! The diversity of the soil is very complex and all the geographical details can be explored in our wine map of Napa Valley.
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