Estate vineyards, Michelin-starred restaurants, art galleries, boutique shopping, and days marked by a profound sense of deep relaxation are all signatures of Napa Valley.
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A Celebrated Location
When California became part of the United States in 1850, Napa County was one of the state’s first counties, just as commercial grape growing had just gotten underway. Many of today’s placenames go back to early families involved in wineries: Krug, Yount, Inglenook, Rutherford. After a period of tremendous growth through the end of the 19th century, the wine industry faced daunting challenges: too many grapes resulting in a tremendous surplus, the arrival of phylloxera that destroyed more than 80% of the valley’s vineyard acreage and finally the enactment of Prohibition in 1920. The industry recovered in the ’40s and grew stronger with the formation of the Napa Valley Vintners trade association, which now has more than 500 vintner members.