Napa Valley AVA
Napa, North Coast
The Napa Valley in Northern California is not large, approximately 30 miles long and five miles wide, yet is has developed a giant reputation as one of the world’s premier wine regions. Pioneer and settler George C. Yount is credited with being the first to grow grapes in Napa Valley back in the mid 1800s. Commercial production began in 1858 and by the end of the nineteenth century there were more than 140 wineries in the area.
While the region grew, it also had a number of setbacks (Phylloxera louse infestation that killed many vines, prohibition and the Great Depression). Despite the occasional downturns, growers and winemakers persevered. In the mid 1970’s the region took a big step on to the world stage when Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon beat several famous French labels in a blind tasting at the prestigious Paris Wine Tasting in France.
Today there are over 450 wineries that grow grape varieties in the Napa Valley including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay just to name a few. Napa Valley has 14 distinct viticultural areas considered sub-appellations of the Napa Valley AVA. The list includes Oak Knoll, St. Helena, Rutherford, Wild Horse Valley and a significant list of others.
Gold Medal Wine Club has featured wines from Napa since 1992. Learn more about our featured wines and wineries from this region below.
A tiny Napa Valley winery already recognized for its incredible wines and bright future for the Brakesman family
Even though he was born and raised in the wine-filled Napa Valley, Bri ...Read more...
If passion and persistence have anything to do with success, Nick Allen and Carte Blanche Winery are well on their way
Nicholas Allen always felt destined to wind up in the wine business an ...Read more...
A tribute to the inspiring and influential fathers in Jim McMahon's life, Athair crafts limited production wines from some of the most respected, sought-after vineyards in all of California.
It wasn’t as if he wasn’t around wine his entire life, but Jim McMahon ...Read more...
Extremely high marks and rave reviews for practically all wines
Mark Carter’s career is somewhat varied and incredibly interesting. Th ...Read more...