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Crushing it in the California Wine Country
The California Wine Country is a four-season destination of amazing beauty and featuring classic Californian four-square architecture. Although wine is grown in several areas of California, the California Wine Country is considered to be the combined Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake counties all located in the northern part of the state. This premium wine-growing region best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Merlot is home to more than 400 wineries. Viticulture and wine-making came to this area around the mid-19 th century when the gold rush encouraged the western migration of European settlers. Grapevines were brought in from Italy, Spain, Germany, and, of course, France by old world wine-growing families gambling to make a new start of it in this remarkably fertile area with ideal weather conditions. Up until the late 1970’s there were only 25 wineries with names like Sattui, Krug, Korbel, Mondavi, and Buena Vista, but after the famous Judgement of Paris in 1976, global interest and demand caused a tourism boom resulting in an even greater migration of would-be vintners.
Today visitors to the California Wine Country come not only for the wines, but also for the Michelin- starred haute cuisine, full service spas, and myriad outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and hot air ballooning.