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Class 2: Napa Valley


The Important AVAs
Napa Valley contains a number of key AVAs. All are recognized for their Cabernet Sauvignons.

There are four well-established, high-profile valley floor appellations. They are Napa Valley's most famous districts: Oakville, Rutherford, Stags Leap District and Calistoga (Note that Calistoga is not yet an official AVA).

Important new-comers include St. Helena, which gained AVA status in 1995, and Yountville in 1999.

These appellations are widely planted to Cabernet, and as a whole, the wineries in these appellations produce the largest volume of wine.

Traveling Through the Valley
This module examines each of the important valley floor AVAs.

We'll drive up the center of the valley on the main road, Highway 29...

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