Napa Valley Wineries have come into limelight from dim obscurity in less than forty years. The region has witnessed America's fine wine revolution and it is now one of the best wine producing areas in the world. One of the most famous wine regions is Carneros which is home to several excellent Napa Valley Wineries.
The other best-known Oak Knoll wine region is located north. In 2004, after a decade of Herculean effort, the Trefethen Family successfully gained AVA (AmericanViticulture Areas) status for this region.
Very close on the eastern side lies the Coombsville wine region, also known as Tulocay. Although not yet declared an AVA, the wine region boasts of many excellent Napa Valley Wineries like Farella Vineyards.The Yountville AVA has grown phenomenally in the past two decades. The climate in this region is still relatively cool by Napa Valley standards. The Yountville Mounts block much of the wind and fog from the San Pablo Bay from advancing through Napa Valley Wine Country.
Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena - three of the widely acknowledged famous wine regions lie next to each other. These three regions have earned renown by producing world class Cabernet Sauvignon. These AVAs are home to some of the best wineries in the state, and consistently produce premium quality wine.
The Stage Leap AVA is somewhat isolated from the Napa Valley floor by a range of hills. But the region is pleasant and cool while most of the other Napa Valley Wineries are hot.
Situated at a higher altitude in the hills, Atlas Peak was once home to a significant number of Sangiovese vineyards. But many producers are now replanting with Cabernet Sauvignon in line with most wineries in Napa Valley Wine Country.The Mount Veeder AVA has all along been renowned for its rare and superior quality grape production. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Syrah are extensively grown on these sunny mountain slopes. The Napa Valley Wineries from these regions are noted for cult Cabernet Sauvignon that is otherwise made in extremely low quantities.Howell Mountain is located in another elevated region in the northeastern hills of Napa Valley Wine Country. The region enjoys remarkably good weather, full of famous wineries, and draws a large number of tourists. Grapes grown here have distinct flavor and aroma.
Chiles Valley is indisputably one of the states's premium Zinfandel producing regions and it contains some historic vineyards that have survived the ravages of time. Napa Valley Wine Country's latest AVA, Wild Horse Valley is situated in the southeastern hills. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay flourish here principally due to the cool, windy climate.
Some of the other well-known wineries in Napa Valley that a tourist must visit are: Artesa Winery, Farella Vineyard, PlumpJack Winery, Jade Mountain Winery and Rudd Winery.The Napa Valley is recognized as the most famous wine region and three wines made here won places in the 2006 Wine Spectator Top 100 list.
Kongsgaard is one of the widely acclaimed Chardonnay producers in the New World. John and Maggie Kongsgaard produce The Judge (very limited Chardonnay), Chardonnay, and a white blend of Viognier and Roussanne.The Judge gets rave reviews with every passing year, but it is not made in large quantities and thus many people have never tasted it.
2004 Napa Valley Chardonnay of the Hess Collection also found a place on the Top 100 list... The Hess Collection is set to acquire a historic property located high in the Mount Veeder AVA.The property is renowned because Brother Timothy of the Christian Brothers used to make wine here.
Yae another winery located in the Oak Knoll AVA is Lewis Cellars. They buy from several premium Napa Valley vineyards and produce nearly 9000 cases every year. Their 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon won the 22nd place in the 2006 Top 100 list.