Napa Valley is the heart of the New World Wine Industry. Starting with the French vs. American wine tasting in 1978, the success of Napa Valley wines enabled new wine regions like South America and Australia to gain a foothold in the wine world. But wine production had actually started years before when immigrants from Europe brought their vines and winemaking history with them to their new lives. Those who found their way to Napa knew that they had discovered a Garden of Eden for wine grapes!
Napa Valley is small, only 30 miles long and 5 miles across at the widest point, but there is an amazing variety of soil types, climates, elevations and topographies that provides the precise niche for almost any grape to grow to perfection. Through trial and error, growers have pinpointed areas where grapes will show certain characteristics that make them unique in the world.
The stars of Napa Valley are definitely the noble grapes Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Rare Cult Cabs are held up as the standard around the world and Napa Chardonnays are close behind! There are also many great wineries that create wines of great value, perfect for enjoying every night. Don’t stop at Cab Sav and Chardonnay either; Napa Valley is home to world-class Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah for red wines. For white wines, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier are exotic and growing in popularity. All of these are great wines to expand your horizons to the New World!