Napa County Wine

There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named the Native American tribe that originally inhabited the area “Wappo,” and some say this is a derivation of “guapo” meaning “handsome,” while others say it means “brave,” with Napa being a further spin-off. Another legend is that Napa is a Wappo word for the land itself. Regardless, with its Mediterranean climate and diverse terroirs, this land eventually became one of the most important wine regions in the world. 

 
The first vineyards in Napa were planted in 1836 by George Calvert Yount in what is now the town of Yountville. In the 1850s, Thomas Rutherford, who married Yount’s granddaughter, Elizabeth Yount, established the first vineyard in what would become Rutherford town. The first commercial winery was established by Charles Krug in the 1860s. Soon, the likes of Inglenook, Beringer and Schramsberg and many others set up their wineries and Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Napa County View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of Napa County

  • Oakville

    Well if any AVA vies with Rutherford for the crown of King of Cabernet it would have to Oakville....

  • Atlas Peak

    The climate of this appellation is unique, partly because its elevation frees it from the fog whi...

Popular Wineries in Napa County View all

  • Franciscan Oakville Estate

    Franciscan has its roots deeply embedded in the soil of Napa Valley. Founded over three decade...

  • Levendi Estates Winery

    The Greeks claim to have invented wine. We think Napa Valley grapes perfect it. Combining our pro...

  • D F Wines Inc. (dba Downing Family Vineyards)

    Established in 1998, Downing Family Vineyards produces small case lots of ultra-premium Zinfandel...

  • 75 Wine Co.

    The Seventy-Five Wine Company is dedicated to pioneering change by producing premium wines of gre...

  • 5 Points Cellars

    5 Points Cellars, founded in 2005, hand crafts small lots of wines from several of the finest vin...

  • Rudd Estate

    In 1996, food and wine entrepreneur Leslie Rudd realized his 30-year dream of owning a winery in ...

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Napa County on Snooth

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  • Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2005

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    Maybe a 93 and still going strong - got another 3-4 years of hearty drinking left before it slips. This review comes 1500 days exactly since the last. Plenty of dark berry and cherry fruits, mocha, Napa dust, and after a opening with the Venturi aeration system working it's magic the tannins, while chewy, define the structure. Good acidity leads... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Joseph Carr Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008

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    Mirbeau Read More

    Wine review by babyubu1


  • Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Cave Collection 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to his roots and old school production methods for these small lot wines.    The EssentialsFor this first release, Once & Future wines will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We have no idea what the demand might be for these wines, but the volumes are small tha... Read More

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  • Vinum Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2012

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    Perfumed red fruit aromas of mostly Bing cherry and raspberry with hints of dark baking spice and licorice on the nose. Thick, quite tannic and profound in the mouth, this is daring, showing full waves of acidity and powerful watermelon cherry and raspberry notes with a candied caramel and cinnamon finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • O'Shaughnessy Winery Oakville Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    Probably one of the best white wines I've had the pleasure of tasting. Light, fresh, airy with hints of honeydew melon and a clean finish. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Pinot Noir 1991

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    We found this wine at an estate sale. Clearly storage was questionable, but there is no harm in trying. The cork completely fell apart during extraction. The nose is best described as "stinky"--moldy, chemically. On the tongue the first impression is that it is oxidized--no surprise base on the cork. After a few minutes of air, I do get tha... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dylan's Ghost Hell Hollow 2011

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    big wine big finish. Great body Read More

    Wine review by tankracing


  • Rombauer Vineyards Atlas Peak Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2012

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    Dark plum, prune and rich chocolate with black currant and pleasant minerality on the nose. More rich chocolate mousse on the palate with loads of dark black fruit and refreshing acidity. Structure forms towards the back on the mouth as the fullness of blackberry preserves pushes through the mid palate and settles into a nice black pepper and ci... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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