Learn About the Different Napa Valley Appellations

The scenic Howell Mountain is home to incredible wineries like Burgess CellarsOne of the most reputable wine regions in the world, Napa Valley was designated the first American Viticultural Area (AVA) in California in 1981. The area attracts wine enthusiasts for its diverse appellations and produces a wide variety of grapes. Recognized for its rare Mediterranean climate, the Napa Valley AVA boasts a number of different appellations. These sub-appellations are distinguished by micro climates, each of which cater to specific grape varieties.

Prepare for your visit to the wine country by learning about each Napa Valley appellation! Napa Valley’s unique landscape creates these small agricultural pockets, with each having unique scenery and wines. Discover how terrain, climate, and soil create diverse flavors. Don’t forget to download our complimentary vacation guide for all of the Napa Valley information you’d need to start planning an unforgettable wine country getaway!

Los Carneros

The Los Carneros AVA recieves a cooling breeze from the Pacific Ocean and a consistently moderate climate. Due to the long growing season, Los Carneros grapes achieve sought-after color and texture to create flavorful and juicy wines. Grape varieties from this region most notably include Charonnay and Pinot Noir for crisp sparkling wine, but Syrah and Merlot are also outstanding.

Coombsville

This quiet Napa Valley AVA is known for its leisurely pace, family-friendly atmosphere, and seclusion. Coombsville grapes are recognized for their soft tannins and complex, yet earthy flavors. This region produces excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.

Wild Horse Valley

Nestled in the Vaca Mountains, this quaint area experiences a warmer climate and is drenched in abundant sunshine. Consistent breezes from the San Pablo Bay result in ripe and well-balanced Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Mount Veeder

Mount Veeder is a rugged Napa Valley AVA with a rough terrain, forcing all vineyard work to be done meticulously by hand. The area produces deeply spiced and rich Napa Valley wine including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Syrah.

Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Known as the “sweet spot” of Napa Valley, Oak Knoll enjoys a long and leisurely growing season. This allows the region to produce perfectly ripe red wine varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Zinfandel, as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Yountville

Encompassing a rich history of Napa Valley, Yountville is a must-see area for great food and noteworthy Napa Valley wine. With a strong marine influence, this region specializes in airy Sauvignon Blancs and full-bodied Cabernets.

Stags Leap District

Stags Leap is located along the Silverado Trail and recognized for its rocky peaks. This Napa Valley AVA is home to numerous world-renowned wineries and is dominated by rich and flavorful Cabernet Sauvignon.

Atlas Peak

Atlas Peak has experienced rapid growth since it was first named an AVA in 1992. Winemakers from this region tout their vineyards’ high altitude and the distinctive flavor of their wines. This rugged area has added its own flair to Napa Valley Viticulture and produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Oakville

With an unrivaled winemaking reputation, Oakville creates top-notch wines attributed to the unique soils and favorable climate. This AVA is known for distributing the finest Cabernet Sauvignon and home to some of the most respected pioneers in the winemaking industry.

Rutherford

The Rutherford AVA has a moderately warm climate and produces flavors that are associated with “Rutherford Dust”. The region is known for sophisticated and robust Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Zinfandel.

St. Helena

The St. Helena AVA is a world-class wine-making region with some of the most well-known wineries in Napa Valley. One of the warmer appellations, St. Helena produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Viognier.

Spring Mountain District

With unique topography and soils, Spring Mountain grape varietals are complex and diverse in flavor. The region specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel.

Chiles Valley District

Chiles Valley is a quaint Napa Valley AVA regularly covered in fog. Although the area doesn’t receive as much recognition as other appellations, Chiles Valley was officially named an AVA in 1993. This cool region harvests red varieties such as Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Howell Mountain

The Howell Mountain AVA sits “just above the fog” and is known for producing fruit that is perfectly acidic and sweet. The area distributes excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Viognier.

Diamond Mountain District

This beautiful area experiences warm days and cool nights. Located in northern Napa Valley, Diamond Mountain develops grapes with a perfect blend of sugar and acidity. Bold in flavor, the region is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

Calistoga

The historic Calistoga AVA experiences extreme temperature changes which results in well-balanced wines. This beautiful area is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing getaway or sample excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, or Petite Sirah.

Unwind at Churchill Manor

Inside the Stags Leap room at Churchill Manor

After exploring the wonderfully diverse Napa Valley appellations, relax at Churchill Manor, a lovely 19th-century mansion with elegant accommodations. Stay in Stags Leap, a luxurious room named after the rugged Napa Valley Appellation. Located just one block from historic downtown Napa, our elegant Bed and Breakfast is the perfect spot to rest your head after touring the unique vineyards and sampling excellent wine. Wake up to a mouthwatering gourmet breakfast and get energized for your day exploring the Napa Valley Appellations!