The Napa Valley and California’s Wine Country
California’s famous Napa Valley is synonymous with the wine industry in the United States. Almost everyone who goes to Napa Valley will make a trip to visit the lovely vineyards that cover the Valley and the nearby Calistoga wine region. These vineyards span the gamut from mom-and-pop operations to huge corporate vineyards that produce thousands of bottles of wine every year. The wines are available in a range of prices, from the most expensive, award-winning gourmet wines to simple table wines enjoyed at family gatherings across the nation and the world.
Napa Valley lies north of the Bay Area in Napa County. It is an affluent area with style and its own distinctive character. You can see vintage cars from the 1960s cruising the country roads along with the most expensive German sports cars zipping from vineyard to vineyard. Taking a vacation in Napa Valley may be an activity most people consider only affordable for the wealthy, but in reality there is plenty to do for everyone and any budget. In fact, some of the most striking features of the area have nothing to do with the wine industry or the vineyards and can be enjoyed inexpensively.
Napa Valley is a classic example of the natural beauty of Northern California. Large open spaces roll from hill to hill as far as the eye can see under a clear, blue sky. Although Napa Valley is located very near the Bay Area which is well known for being one of the most developed, urbane, and densely populated areas in all of California, the natural beauty transports you from a busy urban center. Many residents of the Bay Area head north on their days off or on their weekends to decompress from the pressures of living in the city.
A short Napa Valley vacation is a great way to relax and leave the hustle and bustle of the city. People from all parts of the country come to Napa Valley to savor the beautiful surroundings—and the wines—and visit the many wineries, each of which has a fascinating story.
Many other wineries are also located in nearby Sonoma County.