Vineyards In Autumn

Napa Fall
While driving through wine country in the fall, you often come across picturesque vistas such as this one. Stunning colors, low hanging clouds, various backdrops and historic buildings dotting the landscape making Napa a photographers and sightseers paradise.
The joy of experiencing Napa is one for all the senses. Enjoyed through the feel of being nestled an agricultural valley that ignited the American wine movement, the floral smells of the seasons lofting through the air, the taste of intricate cuisines and wines teasing your palate, and the sound of quiet country roads interrupted by the calls of local wildlife.
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Napa County is a county located north of San Pablo Bay in the U.S. state of California. It is officially one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties, and one of four North Bay counties. Napa County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. Parts of the county’s territory were given to Lake County in 1861. The word napa is of Native American origin and has been variously translated as “grizzly bear”, “house”, “motherland”, and “fish”. Of the many explanations of the name’s origin, the most plausible seems to be that it is derived from the Patwin word napo meaning house, although local residents will often cite an urban legend that gives the translation as “you will always return”.
Napa County, once the producer of many different crops, is known today for its wine industry, rising in the 1960s to the first rank of wine regions with France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Napa is warmer in the summer than Sonoma County to the west or Santa Barbara County, a wine-producing county in southern California. Thus, the Napa wineries favor varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Napa County is home to a variety of flora and fauna including numerous rare and endangered species such as Tiburon Indian paintbrush and Contra Costa goldfields.
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