The combination of Mediterranean climate, geography and geology of the Napa Valley are conducive to growing quality wine grapes. A must visit for Californian Natives and 'wine tourists' the Napa Valley, Napa County is a county located north of San Pablo Bay in the northern portion of the U.S. state of California.
Napa Valley is widely considered one of the top American Viticultural Areas in California, and all of the United States, with a history dating back to the early nineteenth century. By the end of the nineteenth century, there were more than 140 wineries in the area. Napa County hosts numerous cultural events throughout the year. The county fair takes place annually in early July at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga. The Napa Town and Country Fair takes place in mid-July at the Napa Valley Expo in Napa. In order to boost tourism during the normally slow winter months, area hotels, restaurants, tourist-based businesses partnered with the County's local arts agency Arts Council Napa Valley and visitor management bureau Visit Napa Valley to develop Arts in April], a program celebrating the diverse cultural offerings featured in wine and hospitality institutions, beginning in 2011.
In June, the annual Napa Valley Wine Auction takes place. Wineries throughout the valley donate wines and other prizes to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. This annual event raises several million dollars per year, benefiting charities throughout Napa County.
For your next vacation why not plan a trip to the Napa Valley to discover world-acclaimed wineries, Michelin-star restaurants, healing spas, cultural arts and plentiful outdoor recreation activities.