Cabernet Sauvignon is Napa Valley's hallmark wine variety and it makes up over 50% of the vineyards planted here. At it's best, Cabernet Sauvignon has epic proportions; with refined tannins, bold fruit, and an almost indescribable "dusty" quality.
Learn more about Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Of course, that's not the only wine that Napa Valley is known for.
What wines is Napa Valley most famous for?
If you're looking for the best Napa Valley wines you've got to start (or perhaps finish) with Cabernet Sauvignon. But, for a real deep dive into Napa, check out these other incredible red wines:
Merlot – Probably the best value in the valley because in a blind tasting, Napa Merlot is often mistaken for Cabernet Sauvignon.
Pinot Noir – This variety grows well in the cooler spots in Napa such as Los Carneros. Expect perfumed aromas of red fruits and spices.
Zinfandel – You'll be delighted by the unexpected minerality and smokiness in this red wine. And, several of these wines come from Napa Valley's oldest vineyards.
Petite Sirah – If boldness is your game, Petite Sirah does not disappoint. These are some of the biggest wines – there's nothing "petite" about them! Old vines abound.
Looking for Napa Valley white wines? Chardonnay is Napa Valley's mainstay white wine variety. It's made in a myriad of styles (including sparkling wines!), but the most popular style is rich, buttery, and spiced from toasted oak.
Read more about Napa Valley Chardonnay
Here are two more Napa white wines you deserve to seek out:
Sauvignon Blanc – Sometimes referred to as "Fumé Blanc," Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc offers stone fruit aromas with a rich texture on the palate – sometimes with creamy, spiced oak flavors.
Sémillon – the counterpart of Sauvignon Blanc (and often blended together) this wine has an almost oily or waxy mid-palate with lean aromas of lime zest and beeswax.