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.
Round Pond Estate
"Our goal is not to construct a personality for Round Pond wines, but to allow each Round Pond wine to find its own expressive voice.” Miles MacDonnell
For the brother-sister tandem of Miles and Ryan MacDonnell, the entry ...Read more...
Schug Carneros Estate Winery
Axel and Jennifer Schug are dedicated to preserving their father, Walter Schug's, rich winemaking legacy and passion for Pinot Noir.
Walter Schug’s winemaking career and accomplishments have been well-do ...Read more...
Porterhouse Winery is a prime example of the ability to grow itself into a top-caliber brand.
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Gibbs Napa Valley
A small family winery nestled on the Napa Valley floor, Gibbs Napa Valley offers premium wines that are approachable, affordable, and honor their family's grape-growing legacy.
Founded by Craig Handley in 2013, Gibbs Vineyards pays tribute to Dr. ...Read more...