The history of the Napa Valley is complex and intertwined with farmers, vignerons, and at times the lives and stories of the wealthy. It is easy to imagine the area surrounding Saint Helena as the definition of a perfect Eden, with springs bubbling out of the ground and an ideal pattern of seasons for agriculture. Add to this picture its proximity to the culture of San Francisco. Throughout the eighteen hundreds and early nineteen hundreds, this perfect corner of heaven attracted the wealth of San Francisco and on the Napa hillsides they built mansions, vineyards, and wineries.
For many visitors to the Napa Valley the large vineyards and wineries that populate the valley floor are the primary area of focus. For the explorers who look for the hidden experiences, the mountain tops that surround the valley are the secret destination. Here you will find small vineyards and wineries that hand pick the perfect grapes and delicately press and filter the juices into Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and of course Cabernet Sauvignon.