At about one-sixth the size of Bordeaux, Napa Valley is a relatively small but diverse region. The area’s topography has many dips and peaks, ranging from sea-level valley floors to mountain vineyards with elevations that rise up over 2,000 feet. There is extraordinary diversity in the region’s soils. Studies have shown that Napa Valley contains more than 100 different maritime, volcanic, and alluvial soil variations.
Climatic conditions fluctuate dramatically throughout the region’s 30-mile stretch, particularly during the summer when there can be a 10º to 15ºF difference from one end of the valley to the other. While Napa Valley is mostly known for its prodigious Cabernet Sauvignon production, growing conditions are favorable for a wide range of grapes, from warm-weather varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc to cool-weather ones like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Nestled among the oak-studded mountains at the northern end of the Napa Valley, Calistoga has the charm of a small town and the sophistication of a European spa.Calistoga Details »
St. Helena is a magical destination and is even more magical at night. Amongst the lush vines and mountain range backdrops, St. Helena is a must stop to enjoy the finer things and relax under the stars. Take in the moon, listen to the quiet winds blow the vineyards and breath in St. Helena’s wide open wanderland air.St. Helena Details »
During the early part of the 1800’s, the area that now makes up the Town of Yountville was owned by Mexico. George C. Yount received an 11,887-acre land grant from the Mexican government in 1836. His land extended from Yountville to just south of St. Helena and across the entire width of the Napa Valley. Yount was the first permanent Euro-American settler and the first person to plant grapes in the Napa Valley. Yount named his land, Caymus Rancho, after a tribe of Native Americans in the area. In the early 1850s Yount laid out a six block area with a public square and created a small village that he called Yountville.Yountville Details »