Napa Valley Winegrowing
A Brief History...
Napa Valley Rocks: The Napa Valley Appellation Education Program
|1840's||Explorer George Yount establishes first local homestead, plants grapevines on grant of 11,800 acres.|
|1863||John Patchett builds first stone winery in Napa Valley, Charles Krug builds winery in St. Helena.|
|1876||Founding of Beringer Vineyards.|
|1879||Founding of Inglenook Winery.|
|1889||More than 140 wineries operating in Napa Valley.
Early 1890s winemaking affected by infestation of phylloxera, half of Napa Valley's vineyards infested; prohibitionists' cry becomes louder.
Wineries that survive make sacramental wines.
|1933||Repeal of prohibition.|
|1943||Four Napa Valley vintners hold first meeting of group that evolves into the NVV.|
|1950's||Formation of the Wine Technical Group.|
|1960||All-time low in the number of wineries in Napa Valley (25).|
|1975||Independent growers form Napa Valley Grape Growers Association.|
|1981||First Napa Valley Wine Auction|
|1982||Vintners and growers begin working jointly on projects of common interest.|
|1990||More than 200 wineries operating in Napa Valley.|
|2000||The NVV celebrates 20th Annual Napa Valley Wine Auction, having raised more than $29 million to date for local health care, youth development and affordable housing programs.|
|2002||The Napa Valley Vintners Community Health Center opens in downtown Napa - an historic and unique health facility shared by four important nonprofit healthcare providers. Funding for the Center was fast-tracked by a $3 million contribution from the Napa Valley Wine Auction.|