I am always fascinated by this Valley. It is a special place to live in, to visit or if you can’t be here, to taste the nectar grown here. I occasionally write about different wine trivia but found an interesting group of facts at the Napa Valley Vintners’ website, one of my favorite go to places to find accurate information about the Napa Valley.
Napa Valley Appellation Fast Facts
The Napa Valley Appellation
Although the most renowned in the United States, the Napa Valley AVA is also one of the smallest yet most diverse winegrowing regions in the world:
o Only 4% of California’s wine grapes come from Napa Valley.
o Only 9% of Napa County’s 504,450 acres (204,000 hectares) are planted to grapes or about 45,000 acres (18,200 hectares) under cultivation.
o Napa Valley contains 33 soil series with more than 100 soil variations and half of the soil orders that exist within the world can be found in the Napa Valley.
o Vineyards range in elevations from sea level to 2,600 feet (800 meters) above sea level.
o Its varying topography includes flat valley floor; low, sloping alluvial fans; narrow, linear valleys; steep mountain slopes and ridges; and high plateaus.
o There are 16 approved AVAs within the Napa Valley AVA.
I hope you come back in the near future for I am about to do my annual series about vineyard production here, what an acre of grape land costs, planted and unplanted and more. Here are a few links to some of my past posts. Till then, cheers and may the wine gods shine good fortune on you.