Napa Valley is only five miles across at its widest point and 30 miles long, but its reputation stretches around the world. About 50 miles north of San Francisco, the valley is home to about 100,000 people, five incorporated cities, and at least 300 wineries. In the late 1800s, there were more than 600 wineries in the valley. The longstanding success of the local wine industry is a result of the climate and soil, which are ideal for growing grapes. The soil is especially diverse: Fully half of the varieties of soil on the planet are found within the confines of Napa Valley.
Stringent county policies limit development outside the cities in Napa Valley, leaving the agricultural land wide open and pastoral. Napa Valley was carved by the Napa River, which flows directly into the San Francisco Bay and attracts anglers and paddlers. But most visitors come for the fresh air, the good food, and, of course, the great wine. The "crush" that accompanies the fall harvest is one of the valley's busiest times.
Napa Valley Vineyards Information
Address: Napa Valley Visitors Bureau at 1310 Napa Town Center, Napa, CA
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