at a Glance
Napa Valley American Viticulture Area
The most renowned winegrowing region in the U.S. is also one of the smallest and most diverse in the world.
4% Limited Production
- Only 4% of California’s wine grape harvest comes from the Napa Valley.
- Napa Valley represents just 0.4% of the world’s wine production.
30mi. Small Region
- The valley floor is only 30 miles long and just 5 miles across at its widest point.
33 Diverse Soils & Ideal Climate
- Half of the world’s 12 recognized soil orders and 33 different soil series can be found in the Napa Valley.
- There are 16 approved sub appellations within the Napa Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA).
- Vineyards range in elevation from sea level to 2,600 feet (800 meters).
- The Napa Valley has a dry Mediterranean climate, which covers only 2% of the Earth’s surface.
- 22% of vineyard acreage is planted to white wine grapes and 78% to red wine grapes.
- More than 34 different wine grape varieties grow in the Napa Valley.
- 50%: Cabernet Sauvignon - 22,868 acres (9,254 ha)
- 14%: Chardonnay – 6,445 acres (2,608 ha)
- 10%: Merlot – 4,583 acres (1,193 ha)
- 6%: Sauvignon Blanc – 2,789 acres (1,129 ha)
- 6%: Pinot Noir – 2,789 acres (1,129 ha)
- 3%: Zinfandel – 1,317 acres (533 ha)
A Culture of Community & Camaraderie
Preserving Napa Valley for future generations through sustainable practices and community engagement.
1968 Environmental Leadership
- The Napa Valley Agricultural Preserve, established in 1968, was the first of its kind in the United States to set land aside specifically for agriculture.
500+ Winery Diversity
- There are more than 500 wineries in Napa County, together producing more than 1,000 wine brands.
$200M Charitable Giving
- The Napa Valley Vintners have raised over $200 million for local nonprofits, in both health and children’s education, through the Auction Napa Valley community fundraising event.
- The Napa Valley Vintners set a goal for all eligible members to achieve Napa Green environmental certification by the end of 2020. We’re currently at 85% and counting!
- The Napa Valley wine industry provides an annual economic impact of more than $9.4 billion locally and nearly $34 billion nationwide.
- With approximately 700 grape growers, the Napa Valley wine industry has created 44,000 jobs in Napa County and nearly 200,000 jobs nationwide.
- The majority of Napa Valley wineries are family-owned and 80% produce fewer than 10,000 cases annually.
The Land’s Highest & Best Use
- Nearly 90% of Napa County is under permanent or high levels of protection from development.
- 40% of all California sustainable winery certifications are located in the Napa Valley.
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