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Fast Facts

Napa Valley
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.

16 AVAs

  • There are 16 approved sub appellations within the Napa Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA).

Varied Topography

  • Vineyards range in elevation from sea level to 2,600 feet (800 meters).

Ideal Climate

  • The Napa Valley has a dry Mediterranean climate, which covers only 2% of the Earth’s surface.
78% red and 22% white

Grape Varieties

  • 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.

Top varieties

  • 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.

Napa Green

  • 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!

Economic Impact

  • The Napa Valley wine industry provides an annual economic impact of more than $9.4 billion locally and nearly $34 billion nationwide.

Employment

  • With approximately 700 grape growers, the Napa Valley wine industry has created 44,000 jobs in Napa County and nearly 200,000 jobs nationwide.
95% family owned

Small Production

  • The majority of Napa Valley wineries are family-owned and 80% produce fewer than 10,000 cases annually.
90% protected land

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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