Napa, California Wine Country


Napa, Calif.When you tell your California neighbors that you are going to Napa,  it's common to see them become animated. 

Flowing like wine, emotions and memories pour out of the mouths of those who cherish this Northern California wine producing region where names like Robert Mondavi and Francis Ford Coppola have become household words. Wine is the big attraction here, though spas, golf, hot air balloon rides, the wine train, shopping and dining are at your beckoning call when you visit Napa Valley. Pictured above is Napaa's downtown region where bridges cross over Napa River, historic buildings stand in perfect testament to the mild weather that wears well on them and a modern shopping district offers everything from toys, to jewelry and even a Mervyn's.


Easily accessible from 3 major airports, Napa is approximately 60 miles or 85 km distance from San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento airports. Estimated driving time to reach the valley from these locations is about 1.5 hours. When you arrive, you'll find more than a fair share of Bed & Breakfast Inns.  There are also resorts and spas, conference facilities and many offerings.   Capacity crowds are common on weekends so the locals want travelers to know they are going to have more options in accommodations by visiting week days.


To say that wine growing is a big deal here would be an understatement.  With nearly 38,000 acres of Napa County's 485,000 acres planted in grapes, this is the most densely concentrated winery region in the world! The growing area extends along a valley which is surrounded by the Mayacamas Mountain range to the west and Vaca range to the east. Approximately 4.5 million annual visitors (and growing) invade the region, spending $712 million locally.*

Napa was born out of the Gold Rush of the 1840's. Distraught miners who sought comfort and refuge from the treacherous cold of the mountains, flocked to the gentle Napa Valley with its mild climate.  Who could know that over 150 years later, Gold Fever would be as strong as ever?  Napa's "Gold" continues to shine today as guests from around the world seek not the metal mined from the hills, but something cherished just as much as a precious gem. It's the land that now fulfills the promise, yielding golden grapes for wine.


Enjoy the wine! Bountiful, pleasurable and within reach, everyone who's come of age (21 years), can sample and purchase hundreds of wines from Napa's nearly 100 wineries, tasting rooms and estates.  Napa's golden crop just keeps getting better as cultivation and blending methods improve with age, along with an industry which has matured from its early roots when the Spanish padres made California wine in the 1700's. 


The word "napa" possibly came from the name given to a Wappo Indian Village that Spanish and Mexican explorers found when entering Napa Valley in 1823.  How quickly things changed! Believed to have existed there for thousands of years, the village and its  inhabitants began to disappear, along with  elk, grizzly bears, panthers and deer! By 1870,  most of  the Indians inhabiting the valley were wiped out by smallpox and other diseases brought by the new wave of immigrants from around the world. The  remaining natives  were taken to Alexander Valley, where a few descendants now reside on government reservations.


Progress marches on - The City of Napa was laid out in 1848 by Nathan Coombs on property he received from Nicolas Higuerra, holder of the original Spanish Grant. Cattle ranches and sawmills prospered, fed by another rush when silver mines and quicksilver were discovered  in Napa Valley in 1858. In short time, the mines were stripped of their treasures and the valley settled into simple pleasure, with an emphasis on farming once again. With over 90% of wine exports from the United States originating in California, Napa Valley is recognized as a  premier growing region. Cottages turned into castles as those with the right formula, packaging and promotion succeeded in attracting large numbers of guests who trickled in at first, but now come in large numbers, supporting everything from a wine train tour around the valley to a bed and breakfast industry. 


Though family excursions are especially popular during the summer months when school kids are on vacation, Napa caters to adults. Wineries are for the 21 and older crowd and some bed and breakfast inns have an "adults only" policy. 


Serve fine wine and they will come - Gourmet restaurants with world class chefs have set up shop in Napa, as well.  The City of Napa enjoys entertainment not seen in places with ten times the population.  Musicians, artists, chefs, vintners, entrepreneurs and benefactors who love Napa's charm and small town feel, have invested in the city's health.  Projects such as the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts provide incredible opportunities with exhibition galleries, displays, working kitchens, seminars, lectures and workshops  Below are several such points of interest:


American Center for Wine Food and the Arts
Nestled in the oxbow of the Napa River in the heart of Downtown Napa, this 80,000-square-foot museum, cultural institution and education center will sit on 13 acres set amid 3.5 acres of botanical and working gardens complete with an outdoor concert terrace. The American Center will explore and celebrate the distinctly American contribution to the character of wine and food in close association with the arts and humanities. Art exhibition galleries, interactive exhibits, displays and working kitchens, and a lively array of public programs for all ages, including seminars, lectures, culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, and workshops are anticipated to draw 300,000 visitors annually. For more information, call (707) 257-3606


The Theatre at The Opera House Restoration  Opera House Theater - Opening Spring 2002 

In 1880, Crowley's Opera House opened with Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore. The Opera House became a community gathering place for political rallies, town meetings, musical comedies, melodramas, hypnotists, and minstrel shows. Actually, opera was never presented. In 1974 the Opera House was registered as a National Landmark, and in 1985 a group of concerned citizens and preservationists formed a non-profit group to raise funds and restore the theater. Now called the Margrit Biever Mondavi Opera House Theater, its beautiful Italianate facade was restored to its original splendor in 1977, and plans for the interior renovation are now underway. For more information,   call (707) 226-7372


Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts is located along the scenic Napa River in Napa Valley 500 First Street Napa, CA 94559   Phone 707-259-1600  www.copia.org for current events and hours. Includes classes, displays, gift shop and rental space for special events

 Napa Valley Wine Train   800.427.4124  1275 McKinstry St. Napa, CA 94559  Year-round scenic 3-hour gourmet dining excursions aboard lavishly restored 1915-1950 Pullman Dining and Lounge cars for brunch, lunch or dinner. Advance reservations required. 

 

Napa Valley Museum   55 Presidents Circle  Yountville, CA 94599  Details: The area's only regional, multi-purpose museum. Experience, celebrate and discover the unique cultural, artistic and environmental history of the Napa Valley. 


Phone: 707.944.0500  Web: napavalleymuseum.org 

Beautiful Resorts & Spas include SILVERADO COUNTRY CLUB AND RESORT in Napa, chosen as top California spa


Napa Wineries - Always call first hours and tasting policies 
List of Wineries throughout California, beginning with Napa 
Photos of a Napa Winery

 

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Acacia 
2750 Las Amigas Road 
Napa, CA 94558 
707.226.9991 

Adastra Vineyards 
2545 Las Amigas Road 
Napa, CA 94559 
800.324.5585 

Aloise Francisco Vineyards 
1054 Bayview Ave. 
Napa, CA 
707.252.4005 

Altamura Winery & Vineyards 
707.253.2000 
1700 Wooden Valley Road 
Napa, CA 94558 

Amethyst 
707.265.6733 
1339 Pearl St., Ste. 101 
Napa, CA 94558 

Ancien Wines 
707.255.3908 
4047 East Third Ave. 
Napa, CA 94558 

Andretti Winery
888.460.8463 
4192 Big Ranch Road 
Napa, CA 94558 

 Arcadia Vineyards 
tel. +1 707.251.8420 
1134 Olive Hill Lane 
Napa, CA 94558 

Ariel Vineyards 
800.456.9472 
1312 Napa Town Center, 
P.O. Box 3437 
Napa, CA 94558 

Artesa Winery 
707.224.1668 
1345 Henry Road 
Napa, CA 94558 

Astrale e Terra 
707.253.7643 
5017 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

Atlas Peak Vineyards 
707.252.7971 
3700 Soda Canyon Rd. 
Napa, CA 94558 

Avatar Wine Partner
707.257.6522 
904 Enterprise Way 
Napa, CA 94558 

Ballentine Wines 
707.963.6100 
P.O. Box 3987 
Napa, CA 

Bayview Cellars 
707.226.2044 
1202 Main St. 
Napa, CA 

Big Horn Cellars 
707.224.6565 
1085 Atlas Peak Road 
Napa, CA 94558 

Bouchaine Vineyards 
800.654.WINE
1075 Buchli Station Rd. 
Napa, CA 94559 

Canard 
707.257.3825 
Napa, CA 
Caporale Winery 
707.253.9230 
Napa, CA

Carneros Creek Winery 
707.253.9463 
1285 Dealy Ln. 
Napa, CA 94559 

Ceja Vineyards
P.O. Box 5957
Napa, CA 94581
wine@cejavineyards.com
877-633-3954 • 707-255-3954
Fax: 707-253-7998

Chateau Potelle 
707.255.9440 
3875 Mount Veeder Rd. 
Napa, CA 

Chimney Rock Winery 
707.257.2641 
5350 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

Clos du Val Wine Co., Ltd. 
800.993.WINE 
5330 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 
send email 

Costello Vineyards Winery 
707.252.8483 
1200 Orchard Ave. 
Napa, CA 

Crichton Hall 
707.224.4200 
1150 Darms Lane 
Napa, CA 

 Darioush Winery 
707.257.2345 
4240 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 
 

Del Dotto 
707.963.2134 

Destino Wines 
800.862.1737 
1325 Imola Avenue West, PMB 500 
Napa, CA 94559 

Domain Hill & Mayes 
707.224.6565 
1775 Lincoln Avenue 
Napa, CA 

Domaine Carneros by Taittinger 
707.257.0101 
1240 Duhig Rd. 
Napa, CA 94559 

Domaine Filipe 
707.255.5585 
5400 Old Sonoma Rd. 
Napa, CA 94558

Elan Vineyards 
707.252.3339 
4500 Atlas Peak Road 
Napa, CA 94558 
 

Elke Vineyards 
2222 Third Avenue 
Napa, CA 94558 
707.258.1822

 Elkhorn Peak Cellars 
888.829.5082 
200 Polson Rd. - P.O. Box 821 
Napa, CA 94558 

Etude Wines 
707.257.5300 
P.O. Box 3382 
Napa, CA 94558 

Farella-Park Vineyards 
707.254.9489 
2222 Third Ave. 
Napa, CA 94558 

 Frazier 
707.255.3444 
40 Lupine Hill Rd. 
Napa, CA 94558 

Gelvani Winery 
800.858.9463 
Napa, CA 

Gustavo Thrace Winery 
707.257.6796 
880 Vallejo Street 
Napa, CA 94559 

Hagafen Cellars 
707.252.0781 
P.O. Box 3035 
Napa, CA 

Hakusan Sake Gardens 
800.KOHNAN1 
One Executive Way 
Napa, CA 94558 

Hanson-Hsieh Vineyard 
707.254.8150 
1019 Dry Creek Road 
Napa, CA 94558 

Hartwell Vineyards 
tel. +1 707.255.4269 
5759 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

Haywood Winery 
707.252.7998 
Napa, CA 
Hendry 
3104 Redwood Road 
Napa, CA 

Hess Collection 
707.255.1144 
4411 Redwood Road 
Napa, CA 94558 

Hill & Thomas Wines 
707.224.6565 
1775 Lincoln Avenue 
Napa, CA 94558 

Jaeger Vineyards 
707.255.4456 
4324 Big Ranch Road 
Napa, CA 94558 

Jarvis Vineyards 
707.255.5280 
2970 Monticello Rd. 
Napa, CA 94558 

Karl Lawrence Cellars 
707.255.2843 
4541 Monticello Road 
Napa, CA 94558 

Kate's Vineyard 
707.255.2644 
5211 Big Ranch Road 
Napa, CA 94558 

Kirkland Ranch Winery 
707.254.9100 
P.O. Box 5387 
Napa, CA 94581 

Koves-Newlan Vineyards & Winery 
800-500-WINE (9463) 
5225 Solano Avenue 
Napa, CA 94558 

 Laird Family Estates 
707.257.0729 
5055 Solano Ave. 
Napa, CA 94558 

Liparita Cellars 
800.547.2748 
1 Kirkland Ranch Road 
Napa, CA 94558 

Luna Vineyards 
707.255.5862 
2921 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

Madonna Estate/Mt. St. John 
707.255.8864 
5400 Old Sonoma Rd. 
Napa, CA 94559

Mayacamus Vineyards 
707.224.4030 
1155 Lokoya Rd 
Napa, CA 94558 

McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards & Winery 
707.252.0186 
2530 Las Amigas Road 
Napa, CA 94559 

Michael-Scott Wines, Ltd. 
707.226.1622 
2993 Brookwood Dr. 
Napa, CA 94558 

Monticello Vineyards 
707.253.2802 
4242 Big Ranch Rd. 
Napa, CA 94558 

Moss Creek Winery 
707.252.1295 
6015 Steele Canyon Rd. 
Napa, CA 94558 

Mt. Veeder Winery & Vineyards 707.224.4039 
1999 Mt. Veeder Road 
Napa, CA 94558 

Oakville Ranch Vineyards 
415.284.1620 
7781 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

Pahlmeyer Winery 
707.255.2321 
P.O. Box 2410 
Napa, CA 94558 

 

Phoenix Vineyards 
3175 Dry Creek Rd. 
Napa, CA 94558 
707.255.1971 

Pine Ridge Winery 
5901 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 
800.575.9777 

Quintessa 
707.252.1280 
Napa, CA 

Quixote Winery 
707.944.2659 
6126 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558

RMS Brandy Distillery 
888.767.1250 
1250 Cuttings Wharf Road 
Napa, CA 94559 

 Regusci Winery 
707.254.0403 
5584 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

Ristow Estate 
415.931.5405 
5040 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

 Robert Biale Vineyards 
707.257.7555 
2040 Brown St. 
Napa, CA 94559 

Robert Craig Winery 
707.252.2250 
830 School St., Ste. 4 
Napa, CA 94559 

Rocking Horse Winery 
707.226.5555 
P.O. Box 5868 
Napa, CA 94581 

Saintsbury 
707.252.0592 
1500 Los Carneros Ave 
Napa, CA 94559 

Schrader Cellars, LLC 
707.942.1212 
2921 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

Selene Wines 
707.258.8119 
P.O. Box 3131 
Napa, CA 94558 

Shafer Vineyards 
707.944.2877 
6154 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558 

Signorello Vineyards 
707.255.5990 
4500 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

Silverado Hill Cellars 
707.253.9306 
3103 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

Silverado Vineyards 
800.997.1770 
6121 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

Sky Vineyards 
707.935.1391 
1500 Lokoya Road 
Napa, CA 94558 

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 
707.944.2020 
5766 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

Stag's Leap Winery 
800.640.LEAP 
6150 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

Star Hill Winery 
707.255.1957 
1075 Shadybrook Lane 
Napa, CA 94558 

Steltzner Vineyards 
707.252.7272 
5998 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

Stoneheath Winery 
707.257.0701 
736 California Blvd. 
Napa, CA 94558 

Trefethen Vineyards 
707.255.7700 
1160 Oak Knoll Ave 
Napa, CA 94558 

Truchard Vineyards 
707.253.7153 
3234 Old Sonoma Rd. 
Napa, CA 94559 

Tulocay Winery 
707.255.4064 
1426 Coombsville Road 
Napa, CA 94558 

Van der Heyden Vineyards & Winery 
800.948.9463 
4057 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

Whitford Cellars 
707.257.0727 
4047 E. 3rd Ave.
Napa, CA 94559 

William Hill Winery 
707.224.4477 
1761 Atlas Peak Road 
Napa, CA 94558 

Winter Creek Winery 
707.252.8677 
P.O. Box 2847 
Napa, CA 

ZD Wines 
800.487.7757 
8383 Silverado Trail 
Napa, CA 94558 

*Statistics provided by Napa Valley Conference and Visitors Bureau.

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