Napa Valley

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Napa Valley


History

The name Napa comes from the Indian Language WAPPO and means "Land of Plenty". This is because there is a lot of salmon in the waters, the water mist of the waterfalls, and wild cats in the valley, black bears and grizzly bears. The Napa landscape is a beautiful region and very well knows for the delicious and very high quality wines.


Napa is also the named after the river that flows through this wine region. Between 1836 - 1861 the first vineyards were built. In 1889 there were already more than 140 wineries, including the wineries of Charles Krug (1861), Schramsberg (1862), Beringer (1876) and Inglenook (1879).


Production

In Napa Valley are approximately 375 wineries that collectively manage 18,600 hectares of vineyards. This is about 8% of the total vineyard area in California. Napa Valley is 28 mile (45 km.) long and approximately 3 mile (5 km.) wide.


Soil and climate

The soil is very diverse; volcanic pebbles, clay, loam soils and alluvial soils (each created by various geological events in the 60 million year old history). There are beautiful valleys, hills and other scenery. The climate is diverse, from the ocean influences to warm, almost Mediterranean temperatures.



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