Napa Valley

Napa Valley is an American Viticulture Area (AVA) located in Napa County, California and is considered to be one of the most premier wine regions in the entire world.   Dating back to 1849 at the time of the California gold rush (note: also the inspiration behind our name), Napa Valley’s history is long and rich.  The area has been witness to fires, outbreaks of diseased vines, Prohibition, and the Great Depression.  But in 1976, Napa Valley was catapulted to wine stardom after winning at the Paris Wine Tasting Competition.  The region was now globally recognized as a producer of the finest quality wine(s) in the world.  The combination of the Mediterranean climate, rolling hills, sprawling vistas and lush green landscape make Napa Valley one of the best places on the planet to cultivate grapes for wine production.  Not to mention, the visual juxtaposition of the valley floor against the large scale mountain range make this region one of the most strikingly beautiful places on earth.  It’s no wonder that almost 4.5 million people visit Napa Valley each year, making it the most visited wine region in North America.

Sonoma County

Officially awarded AVA status in 1987 by the United States Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the Sonoma Coast is one of the most renowned wine regions in the Country.  The influence from the Pacific Ocean on this region cannot be understated.  With its seaside rolling hills, wind-laden North coastal topography and cool-climate, Sonoma County is one of the most celebrated homes of the Burgundian varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Vineyards are planted and cultivated high up on the ridges and mountain hilltops just off the coast where they bask in the sun well above the fog.

Monterey County

The Monterey AVA was established in 1984 and runs from Monterey Bay on the North to Paso Robles on the South, covering an approximate 100 mile area and nearly forty thousand acres.  Because of this vast area, the climate and topographical landscape in this AVA vary greatly depending on where the vines are located.  The northern portion of this AVA is a cool growing region.  In the North, temperatures are cool to relatively moderate rarely exceeding 75°F (24 °C).  With a lengthy growing season grape varietals like Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir are most popular. In the Southern portion of this AVA, temperatures frequently reach 100°F (37.8°C) where Bordeaux varietals are the most prevalent.  That being said, over 50% of all grapes grown in the Monterey AVA are Chardonnay.