Inside beauty of Napa valley
Napa Valley is an American Viticulture Area located in Napa County, north of the San Francisco Bay Area in the U.S. state of California. It is coterminous with the Napa, California, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Napa Valley is considered one of the top wine regions in the United States. The combination of Mediterranean climate, geography and geology of the region are conducive to growing quality wine grapes. Almost 4.5 million people visit Napa Valley each year, making it a very popular tourist destination in California, and “The World’s Best Wine and Food Destination” as awarded by Trip Advisor’s 2010 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Today Napa Valley features more than 450 wineries that grow many grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, and other popular varietals. While some winemakers produce wines from specific AVAs within the valley, the majority choose to blend their wines using a mixture of wine from grapes grown on the valley floor and the surrounding hillsides. In addition to large scale wineries, Napa Valley’s boutique wineries produce some of the world’s best wines.