For a region that’s only 30 miles long and a few miles wide, California’s Napa Valley has an iconic reputation for producing some of the finest wines in the world.
Photo: Courtesy Napa Valley Vintners

The Napa Valley — elegant and sophisticated wines for every palate

The Napa Valley AVA is located in Northern California, just 50 miles northeast of San Francisco and tucked away between the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca mountains to the east. The Napa Valley is celebrated for consistently producing wines of the highest quality as vintners are committed to a culture of excellence, environmental leadership, and careful winemaking practices. For a region that’s only 30 miles long and a few miles wide, California’s Napa Valley has an iconic reputation for producing some of the finest wines in the world.

One of the reasons for Napa’s high quality wines is its rare Mediterranean climate, which only 2 per cent of the world has. The Valley’s generous climate allows for a long growing season that assists in the grape’s complexity and flavour. The sunny, dry, and warm days, followed by cool evenings, is the ultimate combination for allowing grapes to ripen slowly and evenly.

Another contributor to Napa’s wine quality and delicious freshness is its proximity to the ocean. As hot air in California’s interior valley rises, it creates a vacuum effect which draws in moist, cool air from the ocean, forming fog. This pattern repeats most days during the warmer months of the year. Except on rare days, summer fog will burn off by mid-morning and essentially help retain acidity in grapes.

The climate, in combination with an incredible diversity of soil, allows for the production of a wide variety of grapes like Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and perhaps most famously, Cabernet Sauvignon, which has found quite a comfortable home in the area.

Napa Valley certainly has a long history of grape growing, but it was George Yount who planted the first grapes and in 1861 Charles Krug was credited with creating the first commercial winery. Not long after that, other producers, like Beringer, followed suit. Napa has had its fair share of challenges with phylloxera destroying vineyards in the 19th Century and of course Prohibition in the 1930s. It wasn’t until 1950s and 60s that the Napa Valley started get back on track when producers like Andre Tchelistcheff, of Beaulieu Vineyards, and Louis H. Martini started to invest in recovery of the region.

We can’t talk about Napa Pioneers without talking about Robert Mondavi. He established his winery in 1966 with a clear vision to creates Napa Valley wines that would stand up to the world’s finest. He coined the term “Fume Blanc”, worked hard to improve the quality of Cabernet Sauvignon, and with a fierce determination and drive, became an advocate for the region and produced incredible wine that the rest of the world would eventually fall in love with.

Another important point in Napa’s history was the Judgment of Paris of 1976. Top wine critics and journalists were tasting top French wines against wines from California. To everyone’s amazement, the winning wines were from Napa Valley. This pinned Napa and California on the international stage for top quality wine production.

Since then, winemakers in Napa Valley collectively aim to do one thing — consistently improve and produce hauntingly delicious, high quality wines that are brimming with elegance and finesse.

A contributing factor to the Napa’s success is their efforts in investing into their community, winemaking technology as well as their dedication to the environment and health of their vineyards. They have been investing in environmental leadership with its Napa Green Certification whereby producers are certified sustainable and are constantly improving soil health and increasing efficiency with energy and water use, for example. Napa Valley truly stands out a leader in exemplifying sustainability, but also as trailblazers given the high standards of winemaking and consistent, top quality wines

It’s my firm belief that Napa Valley is an affordable luxury that should be constantly gracing the tables of Quebec. Montreal is a gastronomic city and we love and appreciate good food and wine. We have refined palates that values unique, quality driven and elegant wine.

The wines of Napa Valley comfortably fit into our budget and lifestyle more than we realize. When it comes to accessibility at the SAQ, these wines often sell themselves so once they are available for purchase it would be wise to grab them while you can. In no particular order, here are but a few of my personal favourites that close to my heart. 

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Making the commitment to third party certification takes time and effort, but it is worth it to demonstrate our commitment to the community and to protect our watershed, our land and the air we breathe.​

Napa Green & Premiere Napa Valley 💚

Thank you for creating such a beautiful event @wheelerfarmswinery! 

Incredible offerings from Napa Green Certified wineries @aowinery, @chandonusa, @grgichhills, @inglenook1879, @rombauervineyards, @spottswoodewinery, @trefethenfamily, @troisnoixwine & @stsupery!! 

Cheers to @premierenapa!
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The whole team is here and some amazing friends are joining us like @spottswoodewinery, @accendocellars, @aowinery, @stsupery, @rombauervineyards, @chandonusa, @troisnoixwine, @trefethenfamily, @matthiasson_wine & @grgichhills! 

Our first @premierenapa event kicks off at 4pm today at @wheelerfarmswinery!! 🍷🎉
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Grazing in the vineyards with a big assist from Cup the Sheep Dog! 

We’ll see you at our event in partnership with @napa_valley_grapegrowers on Feb 27th at @thecastello! Link in bio for registration. 

#welovedogs #sheepdog #sheepfarming #grazing #vineyards #napa #napavalley #regenerativeagriculture #soilhealthmatters
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Sign up for the Grazing Workshop on Tuesday, Feb 27th at @thecastello at the link in our profile. 

@napa_valley_grapegrowers @perennialgrazing
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Add the Napa Green logo to your back label! 

Find the link in our profile or email megan@napagreen.org. Happy bottling season!
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Not just talking the talk but walking the walk is very important to us. One way we do that is by providing our members with as many tools and resources as possible. Here’s what’s coming up: 

1. Weed Management Equipment & Tools for herbicide-free farming - Thurs, Feb 15th at @inglenook1879 at 9:00am. 

2. Napa Green Premiere Open House for the Wine Trade - Thurs, Feb 22nd at @wheelerfarmswinery at 4:00pm. 

3. California Small Farms Conference - Thurs, Feb 25th with @mimicasteel & Ben Mackie at 3:00pm. 

4. Grazing for Vineyard Health & Fire Resilience - Tues, Feb 27th at @thecastello at 9:00am. 

Find all details and registration on napagreen.org under the Connect with Us tab or just head to the link in our profile. We’ll see you all soon.
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📣 February Events! 

www.napagreen.org ➡️ Connect with us ➡️ Events & Workshops! 

Or head the link in our profile to find it all & how to register with one click. See you all at an event soon.
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Join us for a Grazing for Vineyard Health & Fire Resilience Field Day in partnership with @napa_valley_grapegrowers. During this February 27th event we’ll discuss ways to best utilize sheep in the vineyard and employ grazing animals for woodland management, addressing both fire fuel reduction and post fire recovery. Don’t miss this opportunity to delve into regenerative practices for your vineyard and beyond! 

Find the link in our profile to register.

📸: @sarahannerisk
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History, sustainability & fine wine at Napa Green Certified @schramsberg! 🥂

#wine #sparklingwine #schramsberg #napa #napavalley #winecave #winecollector #winelover #sustainability #organicvineyard
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🍷Wine Trade! Register for our Premiere Napa Valley event on Feb 22nd at the link in our profile!🍷
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Apply for a grant! Applications can be found at the link in our bio. 

#sustainability #climateaction #winebusiness #wineindustry #napa #napavalley #grantapplications #napawinery
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📣 Announcing our first ever NVV Premiere Event! 📣

Thursday, Feb 22nd from 4pm-6pm at @wheelerfarmswinery. Register at the link in our profile!
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Providing resources, tools and education for our members is core to what we do. Come see us at a February event! 

Register at the link in our profile. We’ll see you there!
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Weed Management Event at @inglenook1879 on Thursday, Feb 15th from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Link in profile to register. 

Por favor, mira hasta el final para ver el mensaje en español.
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Save these dates! 3 great events coming your way in February. 

Find info and registration at the link in our bio or at our website: napagreen.org under Connect with us - Events & Workshops!
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