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Napa Valley

United States

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Located in Northern California, the Napa Valley is only 30 miles long and less than five miles wide at its widest point. Only grapes grown in the appellation, or any of its 16 sub-appellations, can be labeled Napa Valley wines. The region is defined by its dry Mediterranean climate, mountain ranges and proximity to the Pacific Ocean. It is known for producing a wide range of innovative, quality-driven wines. The region’s varying topography includes flat valley floor; low, sloping alluvial fans; narrow, linear valleys; steep mountain slopes and ridges; and high plateaus. The area contains 33 soil series with more than 100 soil variations – half of the soil orders that exist within the world can be found in the Napa Valley.

Region

17,600 hectares of growing area

16 sub-appellations

People

700 grape growers

475 wineries

1,000 brands

Production

8.8 million cases produced

$7 billion USD in retail value

Impact

44,000 jobs in Napa County

188,500 jobs in the U.S.

Primary Grape Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon

Chardonnay

Merlot

Sauvignon Blanc

Pinot Noir

Unique Fact 
The Napa Valley Ag Preserve, established in 1968, was the first of its kind in the United States to set land aside specifically for agriculture and today protects roughly 32,000 acres (13,000 hectares) of valley floor land. According to the Napa Valley Register, although they have now disappeared as a viable cash crop in the area, prunes were once king of the Napa Valley's thriving fruit industry.
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