History of Napa Valley Wine Country

One might look at Napa Valley in California and wonder how it became to be so popular. According to napavalley.com, Napa Valley has more than 500 wineries and vineyards. A place that is so well known had to come from somewhere with rich historical roots. So, how could a region with the perfect soil and climate for the production of wine get to be? Follow along through this brief history of Napa Valley Wine Country.

According to The Wine Celler Insider, the first vines were planted in the 1700’s. The reason why the vines were planted was for religious purposes. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that Wine Country began to take off. Before the wine from Napa Valley was well known, wine mainly came from areas such including New York, Virginia, Ohio, and Missouri, also according to The Wine Cellar Insider. Wine that came from Napa Valley Wine Country only costed around 25 cents to two dollars in the 1800’s. Because of the popularity of the wine that was being grown in California, California wine began to be exported across the world, which helped California wine gain popularity.

As we all know, the rise to the top doesn’t come easy. Napa Valley Wine Country ran into a few problems on their way up. The Great Depression made it difficult to export wine because the expensive cost to ship it. There was also a plague that traveled to Wine Country and poisoned the grape vines and leaves, making it hard to keep the production of wine going. The Prohibition laws also had an effect to the sales of California wine across the country. Luckily, hard times didn’t last forever in the Napa Valley Wine Country region. There was a turn around for the Napa Valley Wine Country.

Between the times of the 1940’s and the 1980’s was the time that Napa Valley made a comeback, according to napavalley.com. After the California Gold Rush, California became a popular place to live. Before that, the land in Napa Valley was priced fairly cheap. But the rise of demand for California wine and California living caused the rise of the price of land in Napa Valley. A man named Bill Harlan also helped with the success of Napa Valley Wine Country as he created the modern era of Napa Valley wine with his business corporation.

According to wikitravel.org, Napa Valley holds the reputation of being the “main wine growing region of the United States and one of the main wine regions in the world.” Today, the price of wine and land will continue to rise, and Napa Valley will still hold its Wine Country reputation high with pride.


This post is contributed from Wine Country Inn, a Napa Valley bed & breakfast.

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