Who Owns Napa Valley?

I’ve been spending more time in Napa Valley these days. Every time I roll down into the valley from the Oakville grade I marvel at the beauty of all those vineyards spread out before me, framed by mountains and dotted with wineries of various form and structure. But more than the wineries, what really interest me are the vineyards.

It is the Napa Valley vineyards that have made "Napa Valley" a brand nearly as meaningful and powerful as "Bordeaux" or "Burgundy" among wine lovers.

Recently I started to wonder just who owns what in Napa Valley.

This is tough info to come across. However it does exist.

Check out this impressive list of who owns what in Napa Valley. The information is four years old, but it is still very intriguing.

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3 Responses

  1. Mesha - June 3, 2005

    Thanks for the info.
    The list missed one of the original founding families of Napa Valley, Van and Betty Ballentine.
    They own 100 acres in Northern Napa Valley. One vineyard dates back to 1906, The Pocai Vineyard, next to 3 Palms. We always seem to be under the wire, but the history of this family is incredible.
    Please visit our website for more in depth information,
    Please visit us for a wonderful authentic experience.

  2. The Winery Web Site Report - June 3, 2005

    Who Owns The Napa Valley?

    Tom Wark over at FERMENTATIONS has a post with a link to a pretty good answer.According to the Napa County Department of Agriculture 2000 Crop Report, in the fall of 2000 there were a total of 40,016 acres (28,242 red,

  3. Fredric Koeppel - June 7, 2005

    this report makes v. interesting reading, all right, sort of like Matt Kramer’s book (but not quite as dramatic) that listed (or tried to list) every owner of every parcel of vineyard in Burgundy. what chiefly intrigues me here though is how, from the distance of a mere four years, so much in the napa valley has changed, especially with Gallo buying Louis M. Martini and Constellation buying Mondavi. nothing remains the same, except that the big fish continue to gobble the little (or littler) fish.

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