Napa Valley contains a number of key AVAs. All are recognized for their Cabernet Sauvignons.
Along the Valley Floor
Traveling up the middle of the valley on Highway 29, the first three Napa Valley AVAs encountered are Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford.
Many famous wineries such as Beaulieu, Caymus, Mondavi, Niebaum-Coppola and Opus One are located here.
This area is at the southern end of the valley floor and is directly in the path of the chilly breezes coming off the San Pablo Bay.
Just barely warm enough to ripen Cabernet, Yountville is warm enough to yield full-bodied Chardonnays.
Passionate about wine? Wine Spectator seeks an editorial assistant and an assistant tasting coordinator in its New York office. Get more details.
Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions
New! Ratings Flash | New! Unfiltered