In 1839, settler George Calbert Yount planted the first wine grapes in the Napa Valley where fruit and nut trees already flourished in the valley's rare soils and mild Mediterranean climate. Other pioneers soon followed Yount's lead and by 1861, the valley's first commercial winery had opened its doors.Â Destiny quickly found its course. Just 28 years later, more than 140 wineries had been established.
Two historic events led to the Napa Valley we know today.In 1968, Napa Valley winery owners and grape growers joined forces to have Napa Valley declared the country's first agricultural preserve. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. City sprawl and freeways soon transformed nearby agricultural regions into bedroom communities for San Francisco. Napa was protected.
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