Napa Valley AVA


Napa Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Napa County, California, United States.

An American Viticultural Area is a designated wine grape-growing region in the United States distinguishable by geographic features, with boundaries defined by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau of the United States Department of the Treasury.

Napa County is a county located north of San Pablo Bay in the northern portion of the U.S. state of California.

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Napa Valley is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world.

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Records of commercial wine production in the region date back to the nineteenth century, but premium wine production dates back only to the 1960s.


The combination of Mediterranean climate, geography and geology of the region are conducive to growing quality wine grapes.

Geography is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, the features, the inhabitants, and the phenomena of Earth.

A mediterranean climate is the climate typical of the lands in the Mediterranean Basin.


John Patchett established the Napa Valley's first commercial vineyard in 1858.

John Patchett was the first person to plant a commercial vineyard and build a commercial wine cellar in the Napa Valley.


In 1861 Charles Krug established another of Napa Valley's first commercial wineries in St. Helena.

Charles Krug was among the pioneers of winemaking in the Napa Valley, California, and was the founder of the Charles Krug Winery.


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.

Grape phylloxera ; originally described in France as Phylloxera vastatrix; equated to the previously described Daktulosphaira vitifoliae, Phylloxera vitifoliae; commonly just called phylloxera is a pest of commercial grapevines worldwide, originally native to eastern North America.

The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place during the 1930s.


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.

Enotourism, Oenotourism, Wine tourism, or Vinitourism refers to tourism whose purpose is or includes the tasting, consumption or purchase of wine, often at or near the source.

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