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.
In no time Macauley Vineyards had risen to the exalted ranks of Napa Valley wine hierarchy.
One of the main factors that separates Macaulay Vineyard from other Na ...Read more...
Traditional Bordeaux varieties in Napa Valley
Trinitas Cellars has been an active part of the Napa Valley wine scene ...Read more...
Otra Vez Winery
This wine is on the cutting edge of adventuresome products and worthy of any true oenophile’s attention and admiration.
The words otra vez mean once again in Spanish and it just happens to b ...Read more...
Claus Janzen was successful with his efforts and his new winery saw the first light of day in 1993.
The story behind Vagabond Winery begins with owner Claus Janzen who ha ...Read more...