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USA Wine Regions - Northern California Wines


It is not surprising that hundreds of years ago northern California was targeted as a pristine wine grape growing region. After all, it reminds many people of the wine growing areas of France. While this region is not nearly as large as France, it has become a major player in the wine market. Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and Mendocino County all have significant wine grape growing areas.

The struggles faced by California's grape growers are well documented. Growing started in 1812 and picked up steam by 1823. But the wineries had to endure such struggles as the temperance movement and Prohibition. During these times it was difficult to produce alcoholic beverages that were widely associated with most of the negative aspects of society. Today however, these grape growers have emerged as world wine powers.

During Prohibition alone the number of wineries was reduced from more than 250 to less than 50. Sonoma County alone now houses more than 200 wineries. Many of these have started over the last 20 years.

The weather is perfect for the production of fine wine. Hot summers with plenty of sunshine combine with very cool winters. Vast night and day temperature variations are also beneficial. Common found here are Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Zinfandel.

Most US wine production comes from this part of California, with production in this region at more than $10 billion annually. With all aspects of production and tourism taken into consideration, some estimate that a net of $45 billion goes through the California economy each year as a result of wine making.

Surprisingly, Disneyland attracts more tourists than this entire wine making region. But, no other business entity attracts more tourists than the hundreds of wineries in Northern California combine to attract. Tourists come looking both for award winning wines and opportunities to get plenty of free drinking in while touring wineries.


Such a variety of wines can be grown in the rich agricultural climates of California that about any kind of wine you can think of is produced in California. This is just as true of white wines as it is of red wines. There is said to be something for every wine drinker in California.

If you would like to take part in some enjoyable wine tourism and taste some of the best wines of the new world, California is the place to go. Wine enthusiasts from all over the world come to California to enjoy its fine wines.