Happy California Wine Month! Of course we’re celebrating all month long by sipping on our favorite Napa Valley wines, but we wanted to go a step further and share some facts about our region and what makes it so spectacular. Here are 7 facts you should know about Napa Valley, courtesy of the Napa Valley Vintners.
- Napa Valley was California’s first American Viticulture Area (AVA), established in 1881.
- Winemaking history began in Napa Valley in 1838, when George Calvert Yount, founder of the town of Yountville, planted the first commercial vineyards in the valley.
- Napa Valley is one of the most renowned winemaking regions in the world, but it is also one of the smallest. The valley floor spans across five miles at its widest point and 30 miles at its longest point.
- Additionally, Napa Valley produces only 4% of California wine and just .04% of the world’s total wine.
- Wineries and vineyards in Napa Valley are rich with history and family traditions. 95% of Napa Valley Vintner member wineries are family owned.
- 36 wineries in Napa Valley are certified Napa Green (including Peju) and dozens more are on their way to earning certification. 4.5 million cases of wine are produced annually by Napa Green Wineries.
- Cabernet Sauvignon is king in Napa Valley and accounts for 40 percent of the overall Napa Valley wine grape harvest each year.