Vùng vang Napa Valley là vùng sản xuất rượu vang lớn và lừng danh nước Mỹ, cho ra những chai rượu vang ngon và cao cấp nhất. Rượu sản xuất tại đây chiếm 84% tổng sản lượng ruợu của nước Mỹ hiện nay. Sự thành công về sản xuất rượu vang ở vùng này đã làm đảo lộn phần nào về hương vị rượu của Pháp cổ điển, bởi sự phát triển tốt các giống nho thuộc Pháp như Cabernet, Pinot Noir. Năm 1976, người ta ghi nhận rằng ngành sản xuất rượu đứng đầu tại Pháp được tổ chức thi đua nếm rượu trần (Các nhà sản xuất không ghi nhãn, thông tin rượu,... mà chỉ đơn thuần là rượu gửi đi thi) cùng với ngành sản xuất rượu của Napa Valley. Kết quả phẩm chất, hương vị rượu của 2 nơi đều tương đương nhau, dưới sự chứng nhận của ban giám khảo danh tiếng từ Pháp sang. Từ đó đến nay, Napa Valley được công nhận là vùng sản xuất rượu vang đỏ và trắng nổi tiếng của Mỹ.

16 tiểu vùng nho trong vùng Napa Valley:

Napa Valley Regions
There are presently 16 subregions within Napa Valley including 2 that overlap into Sonoma and Solano Counties.

Coombsville
New! Located just east of the city of Napa, mostly an alluvial fan of the Vaca Mountains. Up-and-coming region for Cabernet Sauvignon. Established in 2011.
Oak Knoll
The rolling hills leading into Napa, lots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay because of fog and dank weather. Cabernet from this area is not what most Napa lovers want. Established in 2004.
Yountville
In the valley and also an alluvial fan of the Mayacamus mountains. Home of the culinary genius of Thomas Keller’s French Laundry. Watch for limo traffic. Half of the area is planted with 4,000 acres and Cabernet is good. Established in 1999.
Oakville
Slightly warmer than Yountville. Home of the original Brun & Chaix’s Napa Valley Vineyards. Big names like Silver Oak, Far Niente and Groth are neighbors. Established in 1993.
Rutherford
Valley floor, warmer than Oakville. Awesome and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. Hold your wallet close, it gets expensive. Established 1993.
Stags Leap District
On the Silverado Trail which has slopes and alluvial fans of the Vaca Mountain range (the Eastern Mountains). Really dusty and savory Cabernet Sauvignon and home to the famous but a bit snobby Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Established 1989.
St. Helena
So much traffic! This area is mostly fluvial soils that are deep, making the wines slightly less unique. However, many major cellars and homes are in this area including Heitz, Duckhorn, Beringer, Merryvale. Established in 1995.
Calistoga
Just a few miles north of the town of St. Helena and the edge of the valley where the Vaca Mountains and the Mayacamus Mountains intersect. The area has low nighttime temperatures and high daytime temperatures similar to mountain AVAs. Volcanic soils and impressive meaty Cabernet and Zinfandel wines. Old Vine Zinfandel can be found here. Established in 2010.
Diamond Mountain District
On the Northern end of the Mayacamus Mountains. Volcanic soils are prevalent. Home to Schramsberg, Napa’s sparkling wine house and Diamond Creek. Established in 2001.
Spring Mountain District
Middle of the Mayacamus Mountains. Volcanic soils and also sandstone soils making rounder more gentler wines than their northern neighbor. Home to Pride Mountain Vineyards. Established 1993.
Mount Veeder
The start of the Mayacamus Mountains from the bay area. The majority of the vineyards in Mount Veeder grow Cabernet Sauvignon and are on volcanic soils similar to Calistoga at the top of the valley. Watch for vintage variation. Established in 1993.
Atlas Peak
Large boulders and higher elevation benches in the Vaca Mountains make for good Cabernet Sauvignon. Most notably, Stagecoach Vineyards sells fruit to 70 wineries throughout Napa and also makes Krupp Brother wine. Established in 1992.
Chiles Valley
A small valley deep in the Vaca Mountains. Great Zinfandels. No fog. Established in 1999.
Howell Mountain
The first sub-AVA in Napa since 1983. Just 1,000 acres. Read more about Howell Mountain wines. Established in 1983.
Carneros
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the kings of Carneros. The AVA on the Sonoma side is home to Buena Vista Winery, the oldest winery in the area started by Agoston Haraszthy. Originally established in 1983.
Wild Horse Valley
Similar to neighboring Carneros, Pinot Noir reigns king here. Shares a boundary with Solano County. Less fog and more sunshine although cooler daytime temperatures overall. Established 1988.

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