Napa Valley

is an American Viticultural Area located in Napa County, California, United States. Napa Valley is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world.[4] Records of commercial wine production in the region date back to the nineteenth century,[5] but premium wine production dates back only to the 1960s.[4]

The combination of Mediterranean climate, geography and geology of the region are conducive to growing quality wine grapes. John Patchett established the Napa Valley’s first commercial vineyard in 1858.[6] In 1861 Charles Krug established another of Napa Valley’s first commercial wineries in St. Helena.[6] Viticulture in Napa suffered several setbacks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including an outbreak of the vine disease phylloxera, the institution of Prohibition, and the Great Depression. The wine industry in Napa Valley recovered, and helped by the results of the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, came to be seen as capable of producing the best quality wine – equal to that of Old World wine regions. Napa Valley is now a major enotourism destination.

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American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) of Napa Valley

A Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley.

Within the Napa Valley AVA, there are sixteen sub-AVAs:

Area Date created
Los Carneros AVA 1983-08-18
Howell Mountain AVA 1983-12-30
Wild Horse Valley AVA 1988-11-30
Stags Leap District AVA 1989-01-27
Mt. Veeder AVA 1990-02-20
Atlas Peak AVA 1992-01-22
Spring Mountain District AVA 1993-05-13
Oakville AVA 1993-07-02
Rutherford AVA 1993-07-02
St. Helena AVA 1995-09-11
Chiles Valley AVA 1999-02-17
Yountville AVA 1999-03-19
Diamond Mountain District AVA 2001-06-01
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley AVA 2004-02-25
Calistoga AVA 2009-12-08
Coombsville AVA 2011-12-14
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