All wine grapes are finicky in their own quirky ways, and minute differences can be the reason between good wines and great ones. When it comes to growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville isn’t too hot; it isn’t too cold. It’s just right. That’s why Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville so perfectly expresses the essential qualities of the varietal in deep, complex wines with the structural integrity of acid and tannin that preserves the best wines for decades.
Although Cabernet Sauvignon is the most renowned variety grown in Oakville, and by far the most widely planted, other grapes also fare well here. Red grapes, such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Zinfandel and Sangiovese, and white varieties like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, grow well in Oakville too.
The Oakville district was one of the first distinctive wine growing regions within Napa Valley to be officially recognized when it was granted AVA (American Viticultural Area) status in 1993. Today, the Oakville Winegrowers’ Association boasts more than 60 growers and wineries. Each spring, the Oakville Winegrowers welcome distinguished members of the international wine trade and press to the Taste of Oakville, where tastemakers and wine merchants are offered a sneak peak at soon-to-be-released vintages.