Mount Veeder AVA
Napa Valley, North Coast
Mount Veeder is a rugged appellation within the larger Napa Valley AVA, where many of the 1,000 acres of vines are planted on steep hillsides of the Mayacamas Mountains. The region offers the longest growing season and the lowest yields in Napa Valley. The appellation’s steep terrain means that most of the vineyard work is done by hand. One of only five mountain appellations in Napa Valley, Mount Veeder has shallow top soil and little rain resulting in small berries packed with intense flavors and abundant fine tannins. Mount Veeder has been a wine producing area since the 1860’s and became an official AVA in 1993.
Today the area is known for its outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah as well as more obscure varietals like Petit Verdot and Grüner Veltliner. There are around 15 vineyards, and a couple of tasting rooms. The reds from the area are frequently described as having dark fruit flavors of blackberry and raspberry. The whites often have flavors of stone fruits with undertones of citrus.