Wine & Weather: California’s Napa Valley

Originally inhabited by Native Americans, Napa Valley was settled by Europeans in the first half of the 19th century and is the country’s biggest collective of vineyard acreage. WeatherBug Meteorologist Jacob Wycoff went on a short trip to the land of grapes — to understand what makes it one of America’s favorite wine-growing regions. Watch the video below for a quick tour of this marvelous part of America, from a WeatherBug point-of-view:

Here are a few fun, interesting facts about grapes, wine and wine-making in Napa Valley:

  1. A vineyard acre of land in Napa Valley will cost you at least $120,000. There are approximately 45,158 vineyard acres in Napa Valley, which makes up about 9% of the county’s total land. That means the minimum amount you would have to pay to buy up all of wine country in Napa Valley would be around $5.42 billion.
  2. The above figures are fairly staggering, but Napa Valley makes up only 5% of the total vineyard acreage in the USA. That 5% produced around 9.2 million cases of wine per year. Napa Valley represents a mighty $50 billion economic impact to the U.S. economy!
  3. There are around 400 wineries in Napa Valley, 300 of which have been built since 1966. Robert Mondavi was founded in that year, and was the first big winery to show up in the area since the Prohibition. 95% of Napa Valley’s wineries are family owned!
  4. If you’re planning on grabbing a varietal for your wine making kit from the region, take note: the most popular varietals in Napa Valley are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir.
  5. Napa Valley wineries only produce 4% of California’s total wine output every year. California also produces 90% of wine made in the United States.
Shows Merryvale Winery in Napa Valley - Credit: via Flickr

Shows Merryvale Winery in Napa Valley – Credit: via Flickr

Hope you enjoyed our weather-take on Napa Valley and wine-making!

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-The WeatherBug Team



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