World-renowned and highly respected for quality and innovation, Napa Valley has 15 designated sub-appellations, AVA’s (officially called American Viticultural Areas). Each has a rightful claim to the distinctive character of grapes grown and wine produced there (mostly Cabernet Sauvignon). These distinctions are of crucial interest to collectors and wine aficionados, and I think of educative value to most other visitors. AVA’s on the valley floor such as Oakville, Rutherford, Stags Leap are most notable, the wineries within them most often requested. Others such as Spring Mountain and Howell Mountain have gained increasing recognition for their mountain fruit.
Without naming all the others, I would draw attention to Calistoga and Coombsville, north-most and most southern in the valley for exploration of the many unique places I’ve taken clients, and like the other AVA’s mentioned and not, sure to deliver a unique experience. At least three valley towns, Yountville, Napa, and St. Helena are host to outstanding restaurants, for which I’m happy to make recommendations. The point is, I know all of these locales, and can take your party on an efficient visit to two or three during the course of a tour day, or go deep with a day devoted to a specific area. I’m pleased to discuss all facets of the above as we plan your special day. Or, consider Sonoma or Other Areas for your tour.