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Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Napa Valley Wine Region:

Napa Valley is a viticultural area located in Napa County, California, United States. Napa Valley is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world, with records of commercial wine production in the region dating back to the nineteenth century, but premium wine production only began in the 1960s.
Napa Valley has a generous climate that provides vintage-to-vintage consistency and exceptional quality that few other winegrowing regions can boast. Napa Valley has a remarkable diversity of microclimates, weather and geography, as well as some of the most diverse soils found on earth. As a result, a number of premium grape varietals thrive.

John Patchett established the Napa Valley's first commercial vineyard back in 1858. Viticulture in Napa suffered several setbacks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including an outbreak of phylloxera, then Prohibition and the Great Depression. In 1976, the region received a boost from the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, which featured a Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon besting several famous French wines in a blind tasting format. The results of this tasting cemented the region's reputation as a producer of world class wines.
Napa Valley features more than 450 wineries - though just 48km long and a few km’s wide, the valley vineyards are flanked by the Mayacamas Mountain Range on the western and northern sides the Vaca Mountains on the eastern side, with several smaller valleys within these ranges. The main valley floor gradually rises from sea level at the southern end to 110m above sea level at the northern end in Calistoga at the foot of Mount Saint Helena. The soil in the southern end of the valley consists mainly of sediments deposited by earlier advances and retreats of San Pablo Bay while the soil at the northern end of the valley contains a large volume of volcanic lava and ash.  
Among the internationally acclaimed wines produced in this small region are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc, to name a few. In spite of its international reputation, Napa Valley is one of the smallest winegrowing regions in the world. The region’s established viticultural practices result in low yields of high-quality grapes, from which skilled winemakers craft Napa Valley’s renowned wines.

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