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A commercial grape-growing area since the late 1800s, this appellation is in Solano County, southeast of Napa Valley. As Green Valley is located just off San Pablo Bay, this region has a maritime climate characterized by cool, moist winds blowing inland from the ocean and bay. With its proximity to San Pablo Bay, fog is also a major climactic factor in the region. During the hot summer months, as heat rises off the vineyards, cool fog rolls in from the bay and cools the vines. These daily temperature fluctuations are essential to maintain good acidity in quality wines. The soils are described as very deep and well drained, on alluvial fans and stream terraces. The topography of the vineyard areas is relatively flat to slightly sloping, with the county itself being quite hilly. Green Valley is approximately one mile wide and four miles long and has about 800 acres under vine. The most prolific grape varieties are Gamay, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. – Description Read more »

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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

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