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Napa, probably California's best known wine region and home of some 300 wineries, is
 a  mere 35 miles long and about 4-5 miles wide. From San Pablo Bay at the lower end 
to  Mount St. Helena in the north, the valley has the ideal climates  (warm sunny days and
 cool nights) for growing premium grape varietals such as:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel & Pinot Noir

Viticultural Areas of Napa
(The links below will take you to a list of wineries for that specific area)

Atlas Peak takes its name form the highest peak in the Vaca Range. Only a small portion
of the 11,000 acres in this appellation are planted, mostly with Sangiovese, Cabernet
Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Howell Mountain was Napa's first sub-viticultural area. During the growing season daytime
temperatures on the mountain can be ten degrees lower than in the valley, protecting vines
from heat stress allowing the grapes to retain a fresh acidity. 
Carneros has a cooler climate due to maritime influences and is more suited to
growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The long and moderate growing season allows the
grapes to mature slowly and evenly, for depth of flavor.
Mount Veeder appellation encompasses 25 square miles of some of the steepest
vineyards and most remote wineries in California. This unique and historic viticultural district
is located in the southeastern portion of the Mayacamas mountains which divide Napa and
Sonoma Counties
Napa Valley with its temperate climate is perfectly suited to the growing of wine grapes.
With sunny, warm and dry days and cool evenings, are the perfect combination to allow
grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. 
Oakville soils are relatively consistent, well-draining and can allow root depths of one
hundred feet or more. These combinations are ideal for producing ultra-premium wine.
Rutherford offers a variety of microclimates and soil types. Bordered  by two mountain
ranges, the area does not go above 500 feet in elevation. Though only  6 square miles in
area it is planted with over 3,000 acres of vineyards. Wines produced here reflect a distinct
Rutherford character known as 'Rutherford Dust'.
Spring Mountain on the eastern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains is dominated by the
red varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Chardonnay is the main 
white wine with some plantings of  Riesling and Viognier.
Stag's Leap with its volcanic soil, warm days that encourage optimal ripening and cool
nights to maintain the grapes' acidity, is suited to grow varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon,
Merlot, Petite Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. The wines of Stag's Leap are known for their fruit
character, soft tannins and silky texture.
Wild Horse Valley

Silverado Trail -- Napa's the road less traveled parallels Highway 29 the length of the
Valley. The road dips and curves as it runs along the foothills, offering spectacular views of
the vineyards and mountains. It is a more scenic drive and less crowded. There are many smaller wineries to stop at for tasting  and touring.

Calistoga is located at the northern end of Napa
St Helena is located in the center of the Napa Valley, about 60 miles north of San Francisco.
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