Part 2 of this three part series brings attention to five more of the 16 sub-appellations in Napa Valley. The sub-appellations presented this week share the same theme as last week’s sub-appellations, some are more well-known than others with winery names that might be more recognizable, but all excel at creating high quality Napa Valley wines that the world has come to expect.
In this historical sub-appellation, the number of people growing grapes and making wine was more than 100 by 1880. Today, visitors can visit the historic Beringer Vineyards for a variety of tours and tastings including a wine and chocolate pairing. Another historic winery to visit in the St. Helena District is the century old winery, Freemark Abbey. A smaller, family winery creating exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons is Corison Winery. The talents of winemaker Cathy Corison make this winery a must-see.
The varied terroir of the Yountville sub-appellation allows vintners to create an array of wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Zinfandel, and many more. Enjoy sparkling and still wines at Domaine Chandon, incredible Cabernet Sauvignon at the by appointment only Keever Vineyards, or visit Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley in Yountville for a wine collective experience of Napa Valley wines.
On the northeast tip of Napa Valley sits the Diamond Mountain sub-appellation. The volcanic soil featuring small pieces of volcanic glass helped give this area its name. Best known for producing big Cabernet Sauvignon, the wineries in this sub-appellation also create Malbec, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and more. Taste critically acclaimed wines at Reverie Winery.
Located above the floor of the valley, the slogan of the Howell Mountain sub-appellation is “above the fog.” This beautiful, off-the-beaten path, picturesque area includes award-winning wines from multiple wineries. Clif Family Winery offers a selection of tasting and tours including a visit to their Howell Mountain Estate vineyard. Make an appointment at CADE Winery to experience their exquisite wines and panoramic views.
Chiles Valley District
This sub-appellation is warmer than most of the others. The grapes thriving in the Chiles Valley District include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel. Visit Nichelini Winery for a tasting without an appointment on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Visit Volker Eisele Family Estate, where they have been practicing organic farming methods for over forty years.
Visit our blog next week for the third and final part of our series focusing on all of the parts that make Napa Valley the special place loved by people around the world.