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About the Napa Valley
 
Early Development and Legendary Tales:

"Wild grapes certainly grew in abundance in early Napa Valley, but it took settler George Calvert Yount to tap the area's potential for cultivating wine grapes. Yount built one of the homesteads in the area and was the first to plant Napa Valley grapes in 1839. Soon after, other pioneers such as John Patchett and Hamilton Walker Crabb helped introduce the first vitis vinifera grapes to the area," according to Napavintners.com

"The Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 — known as the Judgment of Paris — was a wine competition organized in Paris on 24 May 1976 by Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant, in which French judges carried out two blind tasting comparisons: one of top-quality Chardonnays and another of red wines (Bordeaux wines from France and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from California)," recorded by the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 5 August 2008. 

"A Californian wine rated best in each category, which caused surprise as France was generally regarded as being the foremost producer of the world's best wines. Spurrier sold only French wine and believed that the California wines would not win," Peterson, Thane. "The Day California Wines Came of Age: Much to France's Chagrin: a Blind Taste Test 25 Years Ago in Paris inadvertently launched California's fine wine industry" Business Week, 8 May 2001. Retrieved 19 July 2006.

Charles Krug, was one of the early pioneers who is credited with establishing Napa Valley's first commercial winery in 1861.  His success inspired expansion of the wine industry in the Napa Valley, and by 1889 there were more than 140 wineries in operation; including Schramsberg (founded in 1862), Beringer (1876) and Inglenook (1879), according to NapaVitners.com

Two challenges halted the wine industry at the turn of the 20th century with the arrival of phylloxera, a root disease that destroyed more than 80% of vineyards in the valley, and on January 16, 1920 the enactment of Prohibition that lasted for 14 years.  A handful of wineries that produced wine for religious sacrament were still able to operate, but other wineries were abandoned.

People didn't let the Prohibition stunt their creativity to enjoy wine, and it led to some underground practices to keep the culture alive. "Homeowners could make 'Wine Bricks,' which was a brick of concentrated grape juice – which was completely legal to produce – that consumers could dissolve in water and ferment in order make their own vino. But not every consumer knew how to make wine, so how did consumers know what to do? The instructions were printed directly on the packaging, but these instructions were masked as a warning of what not to do with the product. An ingenious way to get around the law," according to VinePair.  

" Bootlegging was the common but less-than-legal way to keep wineries open and making money. The Volstead Act allowed             individuals to buy a household permit to have 200 gallons of wine a year for personal use. Some permit holders would make wine, drive it to Sausalito and ferry it over into the bars of San Francisco. They would also bottle new wine and switch it out with bottles in their cellars, which were locked and routinely inspected by the government to make sure bottles did not go missing," according to the Napa Valley Register.

"Native American tales of a magnificent, mystical buck are just a taste of the Stags Leap AVA palisades story. Legends of the elusive stag that began with the native Wappo have evolved for centuries, and local lore contends that the buck can still be seen leaping between rocky crags and across the valley’s sky. It’s all part of the feel of this windswept and wild place—still home to peregrine falcons, coyote, deer, turkey, and rattlesnakes, as shared by

You can schedule a private tour of one of the Napa Valley's Speakeasy's, at Stags' Leap Winery.  A speakeasy was an an illicit establishment that illegally sold alcoholic beverages or a night club. "It was once a fashionable country resort in the mid-twentieth century, popular with Hollywood due to its 1892 stone Manor House and historic gardens, legends of bootleggers and gangsters, ghosts and gypsies, Stags’ Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s.
 
Stags Leap Manor, as it was called in the 1920s, was known as one of the prominent country retreats in the Napa Valley at a time when resort and spa business was big. In addition to lodging and dining, amenities included lawn tennis, swimming, horseback riding, children’s activities, golf, music, cards, a library, and Napa Valley wines and liquors (prior to and after Prohibition)," history  found on Stagsleap.com. 

With the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, Napa Valley's wine industry began its slow recovery. During this time, John Daniel Jr. resurrected Inglenook, Georges de Latour re-established Beaulieu Vineyards (BV), Louis M. Martini built  his winery and the Mondavi family purchased Charles Krug Winery. Andre Tchelischeff, a Russian émigré working in France, came to Napa Valley to work for BV and became one of the great figures and mentors in the history of Napa Valley wine.




















For the past 30 to 40 years, the City of Napa has been in transition, with a colorful history that has romanticized the Legendary Napa Valley.  Today the Napa Valley has become a vibrant tapestry of modern shops, restaurants, with a blend of historical buildings and meandering hills with vineyards throughout the area. Locals enjoy the conveniences in our community, many safe and comfortable neighborhoods, and relaxed lifestyle.  The Napa valley tries to balance the path of progress and development, by maintaining the agricultural preserve, open space, enhancing the ecosystem and providing stimulus to the economy and quality-of-life benefits. Napa maintains a high standard of living, clean air and moderate mediterranean weather.

Napa County Facts on File:

City of Napa population (2013 estimate): 79,068 
County of Napa population (2013 estimate): 140,326
Median age of residents: 36.1 years
Average Income per Household: $66,339
Percentage of total County population and jobs within close proximity to the City of Napa: 60%
Neighborhood parks, community parks and open space parks:  43
Total acres of park land: 802
Climate: Mediterranean
Rainfall: About 24" of rain per year, primarily from October to March
Average maximum temperature in July: 82 degrees
Average minimum temperature in January: 37 degrees
Percent age 25 or older with Bachelor's degree or higher: 23.3%
Percent with graduate or professional degree: 8.3%
Mean travel time to work: 23.9 minutes
School District: Napa Valley Unified
Number of colleges within 35 miles: 8
Number of Zagat rated restaurants in Downtown Napa and Oxbow District:  31
Number of Napa County: 475 Wineries, and 1,100 Wine producers  
Number of wine bars and/or tasting rooms in Downtown Napa and the Oxbow District: More than 20 ( See list of locations here .)

Government:
American Canyon Leon Garcia , Napa City Mayor Jill Techel , Yountville Mayor John F. Dunbar St. Helena Mayor Alan Galbraith , Calistoga Mayor Chris Canning , the  California State Legislature , Napa is in the 3rd Senate District, represented by Democrat  Bill Dodd , and in the 4th Assembly District, represented by Democrat  Cecilia Aguiar-Curry . In the United States House of Representatives, Napa is in California's 5th congressional district, represented by Democrat  Mike Thompson .


Transportation:
CA-29 runs through Napa, connecting to Vallejo and the East Bay Area to the south and the Napa Wine Country to the north. CA-12 runs to the south of the city, connecting to Fairfield and 
Interstate 80 to the east and Sonoma and US-101 to the west.


Napa is served by the following airports:
Napa County Airport located in south Napa near HWY 12 East
Sonoma County Airport 45 miles to the North West in Santa Rosa
Oakland International Airport , 53 miles to the South East
San Francisco International Airport   60 miles to the South West
Sacramento International Airport  65 miles to the North East 

Valley Intercity Neighborhood Express, more commonly known by the acronym "VINE Transit", is the public transportation service for Napa as well as for Napa County. It is managed under the Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency and is operated by Veolia Transportation. In addition to providing service to Napa, the VINE has extensive service throughout the county and has connections to other public transportation systems in the nearby counties.

(Information sourced from the Napa Chamber of Commerce, City of Napa, and Suscol Intertribal Council.  Census information is current as of August 28, 2013

View all of the Napa Valley Wineries

The Napa mural,  titled “Tuesday Morning, 1720: Mishewal Wappo, Napa Valley,” depicts women tribal members amid the indigenous habitat of the valley’s pre-European era. Desirae Harp of the Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Alexander Valley  particpated in the unveiling of the painting and recognition of the rich culture the original people contributed to the community.   The project for the commercial building was the vision of  Michael L. Holcomb, of West Pueblo Partners.  When I asked Mr. Holcomb in the Fall of 2016 , why he chose to only have women portrayed in the painting he said, "Women are the heart of the community."  To learn more about the indigneous history and to participate in Present day Native American activities visit our local cultural resource Suscol Intertribal Council.













History:
Talahalusi, which translates to mean "Beautiful Land," from the indigenous people who were the first people who inhabited the area.  Many tribes migrated back and forth, but it was known to be the home of the Patwin, Pomo and Wappo.  The Spanish referred to the indigenous people of the area as "Guapo" or "Wappo" which is the Americanized name.  What is often not accurately reported, is that the migration of indigenous people across the Americas occured for thousands of years. California history will share that it was once Alta California, and belonged to Mexico, but that is only part of the story.  First, there were the Native Americans who have lived in the West for thousands upon thousands of years (for some, dating back to approximately 17000 BC , and including some 500 plus soverign tribal nations).   We are still here and thriving members of society.  For more information about local Native Americans and activities, contact Suscol Intertribal Council .
 

The first people of Mexico were many great nations. The land which we share our Southern California border with, and refer to as Mexico, was infact at one time all indigenous land; just like the United States and Canada.  It wasn't until the Spanish arrived and conquered the land, and that the culture began to blend.  From 1521, the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire incorporated the region into the Spanish Empire, with New Spain its colonial era name and Mexico City the center of colonial rule.  After a protracted struggle (1810–21) for independence, New Spain became the sovereign nation of Mexico, with the signing of the Treaty of Córdoba. A brief period of monarchy (1821–23), called the First Mexican Empire, was followed by the founding of the Republic of Mexico, established under a federal constitution in 1824.  Legal racial categories were eliminated, abolishing the system of castas.  Slavery was not abolished at independence in 1821 or with the constitution in 1824, but was eliminated in 1829. Mexico continues to be constituted as a federated republic, under the Mexican Constitution of 1917.

" Rancho Entre Napa " was a Mexican land grant in 1823. Napa was founded in 1847 and during the gold rush through the present, the community has experienced a colorful history during the colonization transition.  Napa had become the primary business and economic center for the Napa Valley by the dawn of the 20th century. The San Francisco, Napa and Calistoga Railway was established in 1905 for passenger and freight service. The railroad carried passengers from ferry boats in Vallejo to stops in Napa and other locations in the valley. 

California did not become the 31st state of the United States until September 09, 1849, and at that time the Napa Valley was within the Territory of California's District of Sonoma. In 1850 counties were organized, Napa became one of the original counties of California. Tensions between the european settlers and Native Americans broke into war in 1850.  In 1856 to early 1900s, there was a forced removal of indigenous people from Sacramento, Napa and Sonoma County, and other parts of the Bay Area to relocate to Round Valley in Covelo.  There was a massacre of indigenous people and those who survived were forced to relocate to
 reservations or ranchos, to work as field laborers, servants for wealthy settlers, or slaves in California Missions.  Native Americans are still living among us today, some people still live on reservations, but many have conformed to live in mainstream society.  Suscol Intertribal council is dedicated to cultural preservation of all indigenous people globally, and they also offer resources to our
Native American youth to be aware of present day successful Native American members who contribute to our community.
John Grider's Century: African-Americans in Solano, Napa and Sonoma Counties from 1845 to 1925


"Local resident and historian, Sharon McGriff-Payne, said she found her retirement mission while researching the life of John Grider, a black pioneer who was a member of the Bear Flag Revolt.  He was born a slave and died a local hero.  Grider was one of at least seven African Americans present at this formative event that helped shape California statehood, died as he had lived – quietly and without fanfare, at the age of 98 years old.

Grider was a Teamster and drove to Napa County farms to haul commodities and supplies to and from those farms," she said in an interview. "However, an 1860s article noted Grider had come in contact with four African-American slaves working on a Napa County farm.

The Napa African-American community held a big celebration when the 15th Amendment was ratified. This celebration of African-American men’s suffrage included gun and a cannon salute.”

The county's first black man to register to vote was Frederick Sparrow -- a Napa barber. African-American men dominated this profession in Napa's pioneer period, she said", according to the Napa Valley Register article interview of author Sharon McGriff-Payne.
Things to look forward to in 2017 and the future: 

There are several developments that will change the landscape of the Napa Valley beginning in the Spring of 2017 and in the future.  The First Street redevelopment ,  the Archer hotel ,  the re-opening of Copia , the opening of Las Alcobas luxury hotel in St Helena, continued development of the American Canyon Napa Junction Phase II I project to name a few. 
Paving the way 

During the Jim Crow era, " China Point , was a Chinese community that was mostly ,  underneath the First Street Bridge over Napa Creek, has been washed away over the years. Some was chopped away to make room for the Napa River Bypass, now under construction for when flood waters hit.  Napa’s Chinatown may be gone forever, but Napa businessman Ging Chan hopes to preserve the story of the Chinese who came to the Napa Valley in the 1850s to pick grapes and hops, mine quicksilver and mercury, build railroads and dig winery tunnels, all for very low wages," recalled by long time resident Ging Chan.