Napa Valley is located about 2 hours drive northeast of San Francisco. Its location in the Bay Area's idyllic Mediterranean climate makes it a perfect spot to grow wine grapes. The climate warms up more as you travel north in the valley so you'll find a plethora of different wines here.
Of the 40 or so grape varieties planted in Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon is the most prolific. It accounts for more than 50% of vineyards planted here. It's Napa Valley's hallmark wine.
- The major wine grapes of Napa Valley include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel – in that order.
- There are around 475 physical wineries in Napa Valley and about 700 grape growers.
- Napa Valley has 16 official subregions which include famous AVAs like Stags Leap District, Howell Mountain, and Oakville.