Chiles Valley AVA
Napa Valley, North Coast
Tucked into the Vaca Mountains on the northeast side of Napa Valley, California, lies the Chiles Valley AVA, established in 1999. Located in elevations ranging from 600-1200 feet, this wine growing region is a bit cooler than the floor of the main Napa Valley. Add to the elevation the cool breezes off the Pacific Ocean and you have a prime growing zone with a late harvest that is ideal for outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc.
The area contains a number of small wineries with about 1000 acres under vine. The region can trace its wine heritage back to the 1870s when the first vines were planted. It’s name comes from Joseph Ballinger Chiles who received the Rancho Catacula Mexican land grant in 1841 in the area that is now Chiles Valley. The Cabernets and Merlots from the area are known for their good acidity, firm tannins and rich flavors.