Californian Wine: A Small Guide

Wine is just wine, right?

Wrong!

Wine needs to be produced in areas which know everything about how wine should be made. There should be history involved, there should be awards, and there should basically be a whole lot of quality too. One of the most famous wine producing regions in the world is California.

Up there with Italy, France, Australia, and some of the other world famous wine producers, California is the spot to try wine!

So, what do you need to know about Californian wine?

Let’s start with two words – Napa Valley.

If you know anything about wine you’ll know that Napa Valley is one of the world’s top wine producing spots, and it is located in the heart of California. There is also Amador County, Paso Robles, and Santa Cruz County, to name just a few. The thing which sets Californian wine country apart from others is that there is a huge variety of different grapes grown here, which means that a wider variety of wines can be produced as a result. The most famous types of wine in this region include:

Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Syrah
Pinot Noir
Chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc
Semillon
Riesling
Zinfandel
Grenache
Mourvedre
Malbec
Roussanne
Nebbiolo

Northern California is mostly known for its reds, e.g. Cabernet Sauvignon, but in the Napa Valley you can find a huge variety overall, such is the size of the region.

Wine is quite the tourist attraction in California these days, as tourists look to get out of the busy cities and towns, away from the beach, and into the heart of the countryside. This means that wine tours and breaks are on the rise! You can easily enjoy a day learning about how wine is made in the Napa Valley, tasting a few different types, and deciding on your favourite, before perhaps buying a few bottles to take back home. This is the ideal day out for wine lovers!

Californian wine is quality, that’s for sure, but it doesn’t come with the highest price tag around, which means it is more accessible to all. Great news indeed. There is also history to explore, as wine production in this area goes back as far as World War II as a minimum.

These days, there are more than 2000 wineries in California has a whole, and that takes the entire wine stock of the state up to around 60,000 different varieties on offer. More than half of all wine consumed in the States is produced in California as a whole, and Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular of them all (and the most expensive).

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