Napa Valley
Facts and Figures

If California were a nation it would be the fourth largest wine producer in the world. That’s just one of the Napa Valley facts and Figures we came across recently while doing some research. Here are some facts about the USA’s best-known wine-making region, Napa Valley.

Grapes and vines in Napa Valley, California, from http://www.pacific-coast-highway-travel.com/Napa-Valley-Facts-and-Figures.html
  • The name Napa means 'land of plenty' to the local Wappo Indians.
  • Napa Valley contains over a quarter of California's wineries, yet makes only about 4% of California's wine production.
  • Napa Valley is only about thirty miles long, and a few miles wide.
  • The southern end of Napa Valley is at sea level, at San Pablo Bay, and the northern end rises to 362ft at Calistoga.
  • A pioneer named George C Yount is credited with planting the first grapevines in Napa Valley, although wild grapes had grown there for centuries. Yount was the first American to be given a land grant by the Spanish, and planted grapes in what is now Yountville in about 1838-9.
  • In the 1850s, there were ten times as many vines in Los Angeles as in Napa Valley.
  • In 1858 John Patchett opened Napa Valley's first commercial vineyard, and in 1861 this was followed by Charles Krug opening the first commercial winery. In the next 40 years, over 140 new wineries opened, several of them still in existence today.
  • In 1965 Robert Mondavi left Charles Krug estate to set up the first big winery to be established in Napa Valley since before the days of Prohibition.
  • In blind tastings in Paris in 1976 Napa Valley wines beat several prestigious French labels, proving that the area could produce the finest quality wines in the world. Napa Valley was firmly on the world wine map.
  • There are now over 200 wineries in the comparatively small Napa Valley area, and they attract over five million visitors annually. In the whole of California, only Disneyland sees more visitors.
  • The main grape varieties in Napa Valley include including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese and Zinfandel.
  • Only 9% of Napa Valley is planted with vines, and at the most another 3% is all that would be suitable for vine-growing, which is why the cost of suitable land is at a premium.
  • So there are the Napa Valley facts and figures we’ve recently unearthed, but as we come across more we’ll be adding them to the list above. Cheers! 





    Recent Articles

    1. LA to Hearst Castle

      Nov 10, 16 01:06 PM

      Pacific Coast Highway travel offers advice on driving from LA to Hearst Castle, including distance, journey time, and route, whether taking the coastal route or driving the I-5 Interstate.

      Read More

    2. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway: Driving Advice for America's PCH road trip

      Nov 10, 16 12:58 PM

      Here are the basic facts if you plan to drive the Pacific Coast Highway,including which direction,can you drive it in a rental car, how long will it take and when is the best time to go driving.

      Read More

    3. Pacific Coast Highway Drive Times and Distances

      Nov 10, 16 12:52 PM

      Drive times and distances on the Pacific Coast Highway or the quickest routes from Seattle to San Francisco to Los Angeles to San Diego, given in miles and the driving time it takes.

      Read More




    Follow Us on Twitter


    Our PCH Hotels Guide

    PCH Travel's 2016 guide to Pacific Coast Highway hotels

    To help you in choosing your Pacific Coast Highway hotel, guesthouse, inn, bed-and-breakfast, resort, motel or other accommodations, we've prepared our Pacific Coast Highway Hotels Guide. In it we do mini-reviews of accommodations along the Highway, from Seattle to San Diego, through Washington, Oregon, and California.

    In all there are over 200 hotels listed, complete with 8 pages of color maps showing the towns where our recommended hotels can be found. There are both alphabetical and geographical indexes, helping you plan your journey.

    We also include color photos of all the hotels that are our Personal Favorites. Here's the link to read more about our ebook guide to Pacific Coast Highway hotels.

    KINDLE EDITION
    The 2016 edition of our Hotels Guide is available with maps and color photos (if you have a color reader) in the US Kindle Store for only $4.99 and in the UK Kindle Store and other Kindle stores worldwide at prices based on the US price.

    PAPERBACK EDITION
    If you want a paperback edition of the 2016 guide  with only black and white photos and black-and-white maps, it costs $6.99 at the US Amazon Book Store and £4.99 in the UK Amazon Store.


    We've also published our PCH Hotels Guide as an app in the Apple Store.
    You can buy it here and
    read about it here.



    Featured in Alltop

    Google




    Follow Me on Pinterest