NAPA VALLEY WINE TOUR
Alpha Limo has been there for virtually all entertainment events, including wine tasting tours. Wine tours are a great way for friends to bond and get together to enjoy some of the finer things in life. There are so many different styles of wine and so many different commercial manufacturers who make them. With only so much time and money to spend learning about new wine blends, wine tasting tours can be a great way to sample a great variety in order to choose some new favorites. California is well known for their wine vineyards, and has hosted some excellent wine tasting tours in the last couple of decades.
Napa Valley is widely considered one of the top American Viticultural Areas in California, and all of the United States, with a history dating back to the early nineteenth century. By the end of the nineteenth century there were more than one hundred and forty wineries in the area. Of those original wineries several still exist in the valley today including Charles Krug Winery, Shramsburg, Chateau Montelena and Beringer.
Viticulture in Napa suffered a setback when prohibition was enacted across the country in 1920. Furthering the damage was an infestation of the phylloxera root louse which killed many of the vines through the valley. These two events caused many wineries to shut down and stalled the growth of the wine industry in Napa County for years. Following the Second World War, the wine industry in Napa began to thrive again.
In 1965, Napa Valley icon Robert Mondavi broke away from his family’s Charles Krug estate to found his own. This was the first new large scale winery to be established in the valley since before prohibition. Following the establishment of the Mondavi estate, the number of wineries in the valley continued to grow, as did the region’s reputation.
In addition to large scale wineries, Napa Valley’s boutique wineries produce some of the world’s best wines. Today Napa Valley features more than three hundred wineries and grows many different grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, and other popular varietals. Napa Valley is visited by as many as five million people each year.