Why Is Napa Valley the Capital of Winemaking?

September 22, 2017 7:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As vineyard appraisers in Napa County, CA, we can tell you that the answer to why Napa Valley is the capital of the winemaking world is two-pronged. First, there is the scientific answer, the exact mix of climate and soil that sets our grapes apart; and second, there is the cultural answer, the exact mix of dedication, excellence and attention to detail that has allowed Napa Valley winemakers to distinguish themselves, overtaking the wine regions of France to become the heart of the winemaking world.

The science behind the world’s best wine

The secret of our wine’s superiority really comes down to two things:

  • Soil: The Napa Valley wine industry is a billion dollar industry, and in the last 50 years, Napa has really established itself as the capital of the wine world. The reason this is so begins, first and foremost, with Napa Valley’s soil. Our soil is uniquely made of volcanic soil, soil from the ocean floor and a variety of other types of soil, all quite rich in organic material, and richer at far greater depths than most soils. This means our grapes have stronger, bigger rootstock, and our grapes get more nutrients and micronutrients, and thus deeper and more complex flavors than almost anywhere else in the world.
  • Climate: Wine grapes can only really flourish in a dry Mediterranean climate, which is defined by its relative lack of rain, and its long growing season and relatively short moderate dormant season. Only about 2 percent of the world is within Mediterranean climate zones, and of that 2 percent, none have that variety of microclimates that Napa has, meaning we can get a lot of different types of wines with vastly different flavor profiles from areas that are in close proximity.

The culture behind the world’s best wine

In Napa, we have both the most dedicated vintners in the world, as well as the most genius marketers of wine—and it has been a combination of these two things which has helped the Napa wine industry grow into the billion dollar industry it is today. We have a few very large vineyards and numerous smaller craft or family vineyards, and we all share in each other’s success. Surely, without our single-minded focus on making impossibly perfect wine, Napa would be a far cry from the wine capital of the world that it is today.

Need vineyard appraisers in Napa County, CA?

At County Appraisals Inc., we’ve served the Napa area, offering land appraisals for active vineyards and vacant land. We’ve seen the people we’ve served succeed, build businesses and make some of the best, most interesting wine we’ve ever tasted. We’ve helped new buyers find land with the best climate and micronutrient-rich soil for their grapes, and we’ve helped families learn and hold onto the value of their land. In that time, we’ve learned a lot about what makes Napa Valley the winemaking capital of the world. It’s the wine.

If you’re looking for land in Napa County, or are looking for vineyard appraisers in Napa County, CA due to an upcoming land sale or for tax reasons, give us a call at County Appraisals Inc.

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