What Sets Napa Valley Apart

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Much of California’s wine regions parallel in their respective histories. However, what sets Napa Valley apart is its rich collection of individual growers and producers dedicated to furthering the reputation of the region from the very beginning. Importantly, its unique location provides ecological serenity for the production of wine from its expansive variety of soils to the balancing effect of its climate.

The history of Napa Valley and many vineyard growing areas of California are fraught with a tumultuous history. Economic and ecological disasters from its birth in the mid-1850s through the 21st century have at times ebbed the growth of the region. However, various vineyards and producers continued their craft regardless of these circumstances. Today, through the diligent work of these noted individuals Napa Valley has become one of the most recognized wine producing areas in the world.

The first vines in Napa Valley were planted by George Calvert Yount in the mid-1830s. Yountville in Napa Valley is accordingly named after him. Importantly, the first individual to plant vineyards for the purpose of producing wines in a winery was John Patchett, who began planting his vineyards in the mid-1850s (Leve). Other vineyards would soon after follow including the noted Charles Krug winery. The region began to grow rapidly as nearly 200 wineries established themselves by 1890 (Leve).

There were certain limiting factors in the expansion of the region. Yield were extremely high…
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