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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 Read more »

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Craig Donofrio

Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

Subregions of Napa

  • Carneros

    Los Carneros- The first AVA one comes to as one splits off the Napa Vallejo Highway and takes rou...

  • Stags Leap District

      Stags Leap District is located on the famous Silverado Trail of the Napa Valley region in ...

  • Yountville

    To the south of Oakville and comprised virtually entirely of valley floor land, Yountville is the...

Popular Wineries in Napa View all

  • Irony

    Most of us didn't imagine where we would be right now. Sure, we dreamed of being firemen, astrona...

  • Jessup Cellars

    Owners Dan and Becky Blue, Roy and Cheri Eisiminger and Vance and Jana Thompson are proud to pres...

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

    Rutherford Wine Company is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the ri...

  • Eagle's Trace

    All great wines have a sense of place. The French call it terroir - the site, the soil and the cl...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

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Napa on Snooth

  • 'Wasn't there something in the story about "Magic Dust?"'What's all that stuff lying on the ground up north where he lives (part of the time, anyway, when he's not cruising Sonoma backroads looking for tasting opportunities)? The stuff that buried Buffalo?!With all that on board/fueling speed, what's a little stray radiation here or there??So I'... Read More

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  • Sorry but the radiation throws off my navigation system. Read More

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  • I thought that's what kept Rudolph's nose shining? What's powering the sleigh, anyway (always wondered how the reindeer got so amped up)?Or are we carrying this a bit too far?? Read More

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  • Bah humbug!Unless you're ready to sleigh some pergolas across the ocean, that is (and hopefully with some Sonoma pinot, syrah, zin, chardonnay and a couple surprise stocking stuffers in the saddle bags)... Read More

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  • You are wise beyond your year EMark! Read More

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  • Don't mess with Santa, DM.  There is no upside. Read More

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  • Don't you have a park to build somewhere?? ;) Read More

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  • Hahahahaha! Read More

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  • NG, I have to say that of the many wine-centric trips we've taken, this one is at or near the top of our list. A lot of credit (and thanks) has to go to fellow snoothers since much of the visits were at wineries that were recommended here.Oh, and thanks for the compliment but next time you're checking out the pics, you may want to put your glass... Read More

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  • What can I say?   Looks like a phenomenal trip!  OT and Vin0Vin0 are two very handsome men ;-) Read More

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