4 Things You Didn’t Know About Napa Valley

March 1, 2019

Interesting facts you may not know about Wine Country.

Napa Valley, California—commonly referred to as Wine Country—is recognized worldwide for its wine quality. Not only is the wine delicious, but the experience of the Napa Valley region is incredible. Although the area is known for these accomplishments, there are some additional tidbits of which you might not be aware. Keep reading to get a behind-the-scenes look at some of Napa Valley’s hidden secrets.

1. Mediterranean or Californian? 

The Napa Valley region can be enjoyed all year long. Here, moderate temperatures allow tourists and visitors alike to reserve a patio table or embark on an outdoor adventure during every season.

So, what allows Napa Valley to have such an enjoyable climate and produce amazing grapes throughout the year? Napa Valley is considered to have a dry Mediterranean climate--a climate that occupies less than 2% of the world. When you have the chance, be sure to enjoy the unbeatable weather of Napa Valley for yourself.

2. No Weddings in Wine Country

Due to the Winery Definition Ordinance, it’s illegal for wineries to host weddings in Napa Valley. This law was created in the 1980s to protect agricultural lands. However, if you’re a lovebird who’s always dreamed of a wedding in Wine Country, there may be some ways around this obscure law. 

Though they’re rare, a few wineries were established before the Winery Definition Ordinance, and it may be possible for you to get married at one of them. Additionally, you might consider having the wedding ceremony at a separate location and hosting the reception at a Napa Valley winery. Be sure to check in with the location ahead of time in order to make sure they’re able to accommodate this. 

3. Bridges Galore

The land of Napa Valley provides a picturesque backdrop for hot air balloon rides, sunset dinners, and strolls around Wine Country. What makes the area so unique? In addition to the rolling hills, rows of vines, and California sun, Wine Country is also adorned with many stone arch bridges.

Napa Valley’s historic bridges are a standout feature of the area. Whether you’re traveling over them or just stopping by to admire their architecture, you’ll want to take the time to marvel at these beautifully-crafted bridges.

4. Family Focused

In Napa Valley, 95% of wineries are family-owned. Wine Country families are incredibly in touch with their craft of growing and producing wine. Therefore, you’ll surely encounter the level of care they have for their product. The quality is evident when sipping a glass of Napa Valley wine, and the experience is second to none when touring a local winery.

If you’re interested in making the move to Napa Valley, let's chat. It would be my pleasure to discuss the wonders of Wine Country with you and help you find the home of your dreams.


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