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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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

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

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

  • Teaderman Vineyards

    The "TV" family vineyard, located in the Oakville Appellation, enjoys a soil that is unique and ...

  • Franciscan Oakville Estate

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

  • Tierra Roja Vineyard

    One Christmas our neighbor, Al Denatale, came down to a little party that we were having. That w...

  • Paradigm Winery

    Paradigm Winery, located in the Oakville appellation of Napa Valley, hand-crafts small quantities...

  • Dalla Terra

    Dalla Terra™ (of the earth in Italian) Winery Direct® is a direct importer of a limited selection...

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Napa County on Snooth

  • TASTING DIRTY AND ROWDY WITH HARDY WALLACE - Puchdown Cellars - Santa Rosa (4/23/2014)I stopped by Punchdown today to see Hardy and pick up my 2012 Shake Ridge Mourvèdre from the prior release. BTW Fox, I picked up your wine as well so you know where it is when you want it. He had a couple hours to kill so he popped open his current release amon... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting Dirty & Rowdy with...


  • Beringer Napa Chardonnay 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Timothy James McNeely


  • Ditto on being biased against Chapoutier, and all the more so if he's working with Terlato, which I consider just marginally NOT a full-on corporate holding company.  Still family owned, but I see a huge emphasis on the distribution and marketing over quality--I haven't like what they have done with their Napa wines at all. I haven't had a ton o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Sounds like a good plan. Too bad it's so far for so many people or we could do four or five of these by July!As to what to bring, the only American Syrahs I have are Cayuse from WA or those I mentioned from Napa, but since you guys seem to have the US covered I'll bring something else.I assume these will be rather young wines, as in no more than... Read More

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  • Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley 2010

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    More red than purple in the glass. Fairly big nose reporting oak and berry. Quite a big blast of berry fruit on introduction to the tongue, but it really does not take over. More earthy things happen as the wine passes over the tongue. Then there is a bit of woodiness at the back of the palate. Tannin and acid from the back of the palate an... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bv Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2011

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    What a disappointment. my mother picked up a bottle of this for me while visiting. I love her, but she has terrible taste. An over extracted mess of a wine, absolutely falling apart at the seams like a wet paper lunch bag. No mid palate, with an overwhelming bite at the back-end ruining all that fruit they had focused on in the first place. I st... Read More

    Wine review by allenmadison


  • Roosters Foundation of Orange CountyA charity wine tastingListing Of Wineries Pouring – May 3, 2014February 1, 2014 By admin Leave a CommentPassport to WineSaturday, May 3, 20142pm-6pmOld Ranch Country Club in Seal BeachWhat better way to spend a Saturday afternoon; sampling premium, high profile, highly rated wines and enjoying delicious hot an... Read More

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  • Bill, have you ever come to the right place.  There are a lot of Zinfandel fans, here.Since reading your introductory post, I've done a bit of research.  First, I went to your Snooth profile and found that you live in Atlanta, GA.  That is good information to know.  Since you live in a large metropolitan area, we can assume that you have access ... Read More

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  • Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Low acid smoothness for a budget cab. Light and extremely dry. Read More

    Wine review by perfectlywright


  • Smoking Loon Chardonnay 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by thathilla


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