20 Unique Facts About Napa, California


Napa Valley’s wine country is a top tourist destination. Test your Napa Valley knowledge with these 20 facts.

1

There are more than 420 physical wineries in Napa County, California with over 800 different wine brands.

2

In 1849, even before California was an official statehood, the Napa Valley was actually located in the Territory of California’s District of Sonoma.

3

First recorded building located on the corner of 3rd St., by the river was a saloon, followed by a general store at the end of Main Street.

4

The railroad was established in 1868. Before that time, travelers used steamboat ferries from San Francisco where tourists and residents were carried to the Valley for days or weekends on leave.

5

George C. Yount was the first person to plant a vineyard (in what they call Napa County currently) back in 1836.

6

1st commercial winery established in 1861 by Charles Krug.

7

The City of Napa was founded by Nathan Coombs in 1847.

8

Current Day: Vineyards in Napa can be found from sea level all the way to about 2,400 feet.

9

Mount Veeder offers one of the most extreme growing conditions in Napa Valley says some in the region with the highest vineyards, nearing 2,400 feet up.

10

Mount St Helena is the highest point in Napa County with  five peaks in a sort of “M” shape. One high peak is in Sonoma County and another high point in is Napa County side.

11

Napa Valley contains 33 soil series with more than 100 soil variations. That is a lot!

12

There are 16 approved AVAs within the Napa Valley AVA.

13

Around Sulphur Springs Mountain in Napa, at the southern terminus, cinnabar deposits were once mined, late 1800s for quicksilver.

14

Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for approximately 40% of the overall Napa Valley bottled wine.

15

Grapes grown in warmer climates, like Napa, can be more ripe when picked, making for sweeter wines.

16

The city of Napa, which is situated on the southern end of Napa County, is the current county seat.

17

The local Napa Valley wine industry creates approx. 46k jobs in Napa County with some 303k reported recently nationwide. The Wine Industry in Napa Valley represents over $50 billion to the U.S. economy in recent years.

18

Napa Valley is about 30 miles long and 5 miles wide at its widest point.

19

The Napa River runs from the north to the south directly through the valley.

20

The temperatures can vary greatly between different regions of Napa’s Wine Country. The region is broken down into AVA’s to help wine lovers and provide standards for bottling.