The history of wine and the Napa Valley dates back to 1836, when George Calvert Yount first planted vines. He received a land grant from the Mexican government and began planting vineyards in the region, which was then not a state. He was very successful and soon became one of the largest vineyard landowners in the valley. By the early 1870s, there were over 3500 acres planted with vines. By 1880, the region had over 40 wineries. President Lincoln was one of the first to buy California wine, which he called “exquisite.”
While there are countless events during the year, the most popular of them take place in the autumn and winter months. There are many events involving food and wine, including the Napa Valley Film Festival (held every November), and the Sonoma International Film Festival, which is held in March. Both events draw a celebrity crowd. The fall is the perfect time to visit the region, as the weather is crisp and the weather is beautiful. And while the region is also known for its wine, the calendar of special events offers opportunities to sample a wide variety of wines and foods during the fall and winter months.
A visit to the Napa Valley wine region is incomplete without a visit to a winery. Visitors can sample the wine of the region at many well-known wineries, such as Robert Mondavi and Opus One. While the Napa Valley has dozens of wineries, the most famous is probably Cabernet Sauvignon, which accounts for nearly 90 percent of the white grape plantings in the Napa Valley. Sauvignon Blanc tends to make light-bodied wines with vibrant acidity. In 1968, Mondavi produced a wine called Sauvignon Blanc. The winery also gave the variety a second name: Fume Blanc. In addition to Fume Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc also undergoes oak aging.
While Napa Valley is a safe area, travelers are recommended to plan their itinerary in advance and hire a driver. When parking your car, make sure to choose a tow-free zone and keep your car keys in your vehicle at all times. Budget your expenses before leaving the hotel. Avoid flashing cash in the open and carry a wallet that isn’t visible to thieves. Additionally, avoid dark areas when walking at night and stay on well-lit streets.
Wine lovers should also visit Clos du Val, which is considered one of the pioneers of the Napa Valley. Located in the Stag’s Leap AVA, the winery is famous for its 1972 vintage. Its new tasting room is located next to Hirondelle House. A more intimate tasting experience is guaranteed at Clos du Val. Located in Stag’s Leap AVA, this winery has been in business for over 130 years.
If you like live music, you can visit the 110-year-old Napa Valley Opera House. The theater hosts many live shows, old movies, and high school musicals. The Uptown Theater has great live music and often sells out. You can also visit the Hess Collection, a famous winery. The winery is also home to Michelin-starred chef Stefano Masanti. If you like to eat, don’t forget to stop by the restaurants.