VARIETALS IN NAPA
NAPA"Napa" meant a land of plenty To the Wappo Indians who first inhabited this now world famous grape growing region. In that time wild grapes also grew in abundance, but it took early settlers such as George Calvert Yount to recognize the valley's potential for cultivating winegrapes. He established the first local homestead in what is now Yountville in 1836, he was the first to plant vineyards in the valley. Napa Valley's first commercial winery was created in 1861, and by 1889 there were more than 140 wineries in operation.
Surplus grapes and phylloxera dealt Napa a hard hand soon after this period, but the biggest threat to Napa arrived in 1920 with the enactment of Prohibition. Vineyards were abandoned with only a handful of wineries continuing to operate by producing sacramental wines. With the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, Napa Valley's wine industry began its period of recovery, then tremendous expansion and, in its recent decades, refinement.
Today, Napa Valley is home to approximately 400 wineries supporting an even greater number of brands. Its vitners have utilized cutting-edge science with experimentation and now its reputation for producing world-class wines is firmly established in an ever-growing global market.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and many more