California's world famous wine growing region
Known for being one of the top viticultural areas in the world, the County of Napa California stands out as one of the defining locations in all of the U.S Western coast.
With huge swaths of land protected by agricultural preserve on the valley floor, and large serene mountain tops peppered with homes and rolling hills, it's easy to get lost in Napa County's natural beauty. There's a charm here too, as technological progress and booming industry have so far only bolstered the care in which this whole region is protected as a grower's agricultural paradise.
History of Napa County
An original county of California
Napa County is one of California’s four North Bay counties and is counted among the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties. The county shares borders with the Napa, California Metropolitan Statistical Area and is the county seat. Though the area was known for raising a variety of crops in its early history, today their cash crop and main production efforts are grapes and wine. Visitors and residents of Napa County often enjoy the beauty of wine country, tours of vineyards and elegant wine tasting events.
The area’s first inhabitants were the Patwin Native Americans and later there were six tribes in the area including the Mayacomos, the Ulcus and the Napa for which the county is named. The first Europeans in the area were Father Jose Altimura and Francis Castro who began exploring the area in 1823. The first European settlers arrived in the 1830s and many of the natives died during a smallpox epidemic. The area suffered through unrest during the Mexican American War until the Mexican Cession in 1848. Napa was one of the states first counties and was established in 1850 when California officially became a state.
According to the 2010 United States Census Napa county is home to 136,484 residents giving the county a population density of 173.14 people per square mile. The county spans 788.27 square miles, 34.53 square miles of which are covered with water and his home to a variety of flora and fauna including Tiburon Indian paintbrush and Contra Costa goldfields, a native wildflower. Napa is warmer during the summer months than it’s fellow wine-producing counties of Sonoma and Santa Barabara, therefore the types of wines produced are different. Napa is best-known for its Cabernet Sauvignon. However, in recent years farmers have begun exploring other possible crops for the area in an effort to diversify and secure a more stable agricultural economy.
Homes for sale in the county range from small starter homes and fixer-uppers through middle class homes and luxury homes on sprawling acreage. Other real estate in Napa Valley includes options like apartments for rent and condominiums and town houses for lease. Napa county has beautiful landscape full of deep greens and colorful wildflowers and has largely retained a rural agricultural environment. The Napa Valley VINE bus service serves the area and runs along State Route 29. Wining and dining are the order of the day in Napa some of the best restaurants in Napa include the Atoile winery, the Alex Italian Restaurant and Richard Reddington’s Redd restaurant.
Napa County's highest rated eateries
Fast food to fine dining and more
While Napa County may be known around the world for it's selection of wines, locals and tourists from California and beyond are also keenly aware of it's many delightful & prestigious restaurant fare. The area's rich agricultural region provides an excellent source for some of the best cuisine the area has to offer. The next time you are in Napa, be sure to give one of these wonderful places a try.
Did you know?!
A few amazing facts about Napa County and it's residents
- Nathan Coombs laid out the original town site of Napa City in 1847. The new town harbored an assortment of people from Europe and Asia, including native Indians, who established themselves in the area.
- Napa’s first building was a saloon on the corner of Third Street near the river. By 1854 the town had forty buildings, mostly primitive and made of wood.
- Number of wineries in Napa County: 391 (As of August 28. 2013)
- A vineyard acre of land in Napa Valley will cost you at least $120,000. With around 45,158 vineyard acres in Napa Valley (9% of the county’s total land), the minimum amount you would have to pay to buy up all of wine country in Napa Valley would be around $5.42 billion.
- Despite attracting more than 4 million tourists each year, Napa Valley wineries only produce 4% of California’s total wine output every year.