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Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley wine region, CaliforniaThe Napa Valley is widely considered one of the top wine regions in California and the United States. A combination of maritime climate, mountain and valley topography and varying soil conditions combine to offer ideal conditions for growing a broad range of grape varietals. With a history dating back to the nineteenth century and boasting some of the most acclaimed pioneers in New World wine, Napa Valley has garnered the respect and attention of wine critics from around the world.

Napa Valley features two mountain ranges that run parallel to the Pacific Ocean: the Mayacamas Mountain Range to the west and north, and the Vaca Mountains to the east. The valley floor is nestled between these two ranges, creating the iconic and much recognized Napa Valley.

Napa Valley AVA of 14 appellations that offer their own unique microclimates and varying soils. The southern end of the valley offers sedimentary soils and cooler climates caused by the winds off San Pablo Bay. The northern end, sheltered from the cool winds, feature a much warmer climate with soils of volcanic lava and ash. The western side receives higher rainfall than the eastern side of the valley, which is more arid. Rutherford and Oakville AVAs, two of Napa Valley’s most notable regions, are nestled in the central part of the region, taking advantage of these varying growing conditions.

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