Oakville, Napa Valley
Oakville is perhaps the most famous sub-region of the Napa Valley. It is the heart of the Napa Valley, equidistant between Calistoga and Napa at a point where the valley floor is the widest.

Oakville Wineries have a distinguished history of wine production. Hamilton Walker Crabb was the first to plant vineyards in the region. In 1868, he bought 240 acres of land and began planting the "To Kalon" Vineyard. By 1880, there were over 400 acres of vineyards in the area and today there are 5,000 acres under vine.

Oakville Wine is produced in a warm climate north of the Yountville Mounts. These hills block much of the fog and wind from the San Pablo Bay from advancing north, but let enough through to allow even and consistent ripening. This gives grapes time to ripen and develop their distinctive varietal characteristics that Oakville Wineries are known for.

There are several distinct terrains in Oakville that support many different grapes. Alluvial benches border the valley walls on both sides of the Napa river. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel are planted in these areas. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are common on the valley floor.

Oakville wineries have gained worldwide recognition for their production of fine Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet accounts for 75% of production. Some of Oakville’s most famous wineries include Robert Mondavi, Opus One, Joseph Phelps, Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, Silver Oak Winery, and Heitz. (Wine/Appellations)