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

  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2012

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    Fortunate to have the chance to purchase this wine. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by BWeed


  • Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Napa Valley 2008

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    I just bought this at Albertsons in Dallas on 123115 for $14.46+tax. The price was 'not found' - I guess because it was a lost bottle buried in the shelves. :-) They charged me the price of a less expensive one I bought (thank goodness). Well it's New Year's Eve and I am enjoying it. Wondered if a fume blanc would be good 7 years later but ... Read More

    Wine review by kittykat512


  • Seconding OT's view.  There's certainly good places worthy of a visit, and lots of us would have additional recommendations for that area, but it's surprisingly time consuming to go from H'burg to various places scattered around the county.  Thank goodness they haven't put in more freeways still, but Glen Ellen, just for one, is farther from DCV... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Recommendations for...


  • I wouldn't bother with St Annes Crossing/Naked Wines personally. Besides, it's in Kenwood which is almost an hour from Hbg. So is Glen Lyon which is kind of remote deep down winding Bennett Valley Rd closer to Glen Ellen than Santa Rosa or Kenwood. Though. Glen Lyon as the oldest Syrah planting in the County. Morgan Twain-Peterson made a Bedrock... Read More

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  • Hestan Vineyards Stephanie Napa Valley 2006

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    Very bright fruity nose with, maybe, a suggestion of cocoa. On the tongue, cassis, blueberry, and a hint of cherry fruit give this wine a youthful feeling on introduction. I then get some pretty serious tannin which I do not find off-putting. In fact, it removes the fruit forward label that one might initially assign. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Harlan Estates Proprietary Red 2006

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    #96 Read More

    Wine review by hlgolding


  • Welcome back, Cy.  All too often we have people who on their first post will ask one of these two questions:I'm going to visit the wine country.  Can you give me help planning which wineries to visit? I have this bottle of wine.  What can you tell me about it?  What is it's value?OK, I guess that is three questions.  However, usually the guy ask... Read More

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  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon Quintessa Estate Napa Valley 2012

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    Tasting at stone creek Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Nickel & Nickel Rock Cairn Vineyard Cabernet 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


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