If you are passionate about wine tourism, in you tourist trip to San Francisco you have a must on the so-called Wine Country (Wine country).
Indeed, just over an hour to the northwest of San Francisco you have the Napa and Sonoma valleys, which have the reputation of producing the best California wines.
California wine production extends over 1,100 kilometers, reaching other areas with good wine fame as far south as the Santa Ynez Valley.
California wine cellar in the Napa Valley near San Francisco
But the so-called Wine Countrywhere are the almost parallel valleys of Napa and Sonoma, concentrate the most prestigious Californian wine brands.
In the case of Napa Valley, the tourist attraction is exclusively in the visit of a winery to taste its famous wines.
In recent times, after the recent fashion of wine tourism in California, the Napa Valley receives 4.5 million visitors every year.
Napa Valley wine history
The origin of wine production in the Napa Valley of California It dates back to the mid-19th century, when the first wine plantations were established.
At the end of the century there were 140 wineries.
Napa Valley in California
In the first decades of the twentieth century, phylloxera, the Dry Law and the Great Depression, caused the closure of many wineries in the Napa Valley, which in practice meant a recession in wine production.
But since the 60s of the last century, after the introduction of new wine production techniques, it increased significantly and new wineries reappeared.
The big accolade for him came from california It was produced in 1976, when wines with grape varieties of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were awarded in a International Fair in Paris, surpassing the prestigious French wines.
Excursion from San Francisco to Napa and Sonoma
Nowadays, in the Napa Valley there are 450 wineries They produce wines from numerous grape varieties.
California wine cellar in Napa Valley
From San Francisco they organize guided tours in Spanish to visit some of its most prestigious wineries, like this one Napa and Sonoma excursion It lasts 7 hours.
What winery to visit in the Napa Valley
Now, if you want to go on your own in a rented car, this will be very useful interactive map of the Napa Valley Looking to look for a winery to taste Californian wines.
In the box on the right side of the map you can select the different information available, not only the wineries, but also other attractions, shops, etc ...
With the zoom of the navigation control to the left of the map you can approach the different areas, and if you click on the names of the wineries, it will take you to the website of each one of them, where you have extensive information about them.