Napa Valley is one of the most beautiful places in United States and there are so many things to do there it’s hard to keep track of them all. There are more than 400 wineries producing several hundred verities of wine. The soils of Napa Valley are some of the most fertile in the country so the scenery is abundantly green and refreshing .
Napa Valley Wine has a long history. Grapes would grow wild and in abundance in its early history. One of the first settlers, George Calvert Yount, was the first to really get his head around the potential for cultivating many different varieties of grapes; grapes that he knew could produce distinguished wines.
A gentleman by the name of Charles Krug is said to be the one that first established a commercial Winery in the Napa Valley. This was around 1861. From his ensuing success a wave of growth of wineries started to take shape. And by the year 1889 there were around 140 wineries in operation.
During this expansion there was also a lot of upheaval and this expansion was soon brought to a halt. By the turn of the 20th century prices fell dramatically because of the overabundance of grapes. This was the first harbinger of tragedy. Then, shortly after, a devastating root louse took hold and destroyed many of the wineries crops.
We won’t even go into how the prohibition negatively impacted the Napa Valley wine industry but it was industry. For about 14 years the Napa Valley wineries were abandoned only allowed to make religious or sacramental wines.
All of this was to turn around with the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 and the Napa Valley slowly began to recover. As its Wineries started producing wine and it’s vineyards started producing grapes again a complete reinvigoration occurred. In the last 50 years the Napa Valley wine industry has grown to world-class status. It is one of the most beautiful places in California if not in the United States with some of the best wines produced on the continent. There are many things to do in the Napa Valley, several different wine tours that you can take, and innumerable wine tastings at many different wineries.
There are many different spins on these wine tours from taking a train ride to driving around in a beautiful Tesla automobile and taking a tour of the Napa Valley. A very unique experience in a very wonderful environment is what taking a tour of the Napa Valley is all about. One hasn’t lived unless they have taken a tour and tasted the great wines that are produced in the Napa Valley.