Californian wine makes up 89% of all American wine production and with 213,000 hectares of vines it produces an enormous amount. If it were its own country, California would be the fourth biggest wine producer in the world. The land is split into many sub regions. The more famous are the Napa Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley and Alexander Valley to name a few. The soils and climates across this huge territory differ massively as do the wines, which tend to come from different varieties European grapes but also Zinfandel.
Vines were introduced here in the 18th Century by the Spanish and the industry continued to grow until the Phylloxera pest arrived in the late 1800s. However, unlike in Europe, the region was prepared and had the remedy of American rootstock standing by, allowing them to come away better than their European counterparts. Despite this, the prohibition in the 1920s caused the demise of many a Californian winery. Nevertheless, the region went on to get a reputation in the 1960s for sweet wines before pioneers like Robert Mondavi, seen as the figurehead of the American wine revolution, started performing wonders. California finally came to fame as a wine region in 1976 when the wines were introduced to a famous fair in France and beat all the French wines in both the red and white categories and has continued to produce exceptional fine wines since.
USA, California, Napa Valley | Red Wine | Bottle (0.75)A wine of extraordinary scores. This vintage is one of the best yet from the famous Napa Valley winery.... Read More
USA, California, Napa Valley | Red Wine | Bottle (0.75)Another extraordinary wine from the Robert Mondavi winery with the extraordinary scores to back it up and confirm... Read More