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Nina Wemyss
Wine Historian

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As described by wine historian Nina Wemyss during her presentation on Napa Valley Wine History.
Cellar workers with large wooden wine vats,  late 19th century

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As described by wine historian Nina Wemyss during her presentation on Napa Valley Wine History.
Pickers near Calistoga, 1907

 

A  HISTORY  OF
 NAPA  VALLEY WINE

 

There is a plaque in front of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. that reads, “What is past is prologue.”

Napa wine history is a great and colorful story of those who loved a land, of immigrants from around the world who created from their dreams and toil a bountiful way of life and one of the greatest wine regions in the world.

This 35 to 50 minute illustrated presentation begins with the Native Americans who lived in Napa Valley for almost 4,000 years, encompasses the Spanish and Mexican periods, the pioneer days and the young industry, the great wine boom and over-expansion, phylloxera, Prohibition, and world war.

Learn about the post-repeal era, the renaissance in Napa Valley in the late 1960s and 1970s, the golden age when wine became an art form in harmony with nature, and the continued quest for excellence into the 21st century.

The California wine industry contributes close to 90% of all the wine made in the United States. Remarkably, only 5% comes from the Napa Valley, but what great wine it is and what a fascinating history.

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