The Napa Valley, heart of California’s premium wine industry, is located 60 miles northeast of San Francisco. Running southeast to northwest, from the city of Napa in the south to Calistoga in the north, at its center lies St. Helena, characterized as a “cosmopolitan town of 6000”. The valley is a food and wine center equal to the best of France and Italy.
The rural character of the Napa Valley is supported by the county's agricultural preserve zoning laws, which have been in effect for almost 40 years. Under these laws landowners are precluded from subdividing agricultural and watershed land into small parcels. These laws have been at the core of protecting this agricultural environment and the beauty of this land.
The climate of the Napa Valley is moderated to a certain extent by its proximity to the bay and ocean. However, it has enough variety to make the yearly cycle interesting, from winter temperatures that range down into the low twenties a few nights a year, to summer afternoons that rise of over 100 degrees a few days a year.
The splendor of the environment is evident year round. Fall, with the changing colors of trees and vineyards and the excitement of the harvest, and early spring when fields of golden mustard announce the beginning of a new growing cycle, are favorite seasons for visitors to the valley.