If you look on a map, Oakville is the heart of Napa Valley. First planted in the 1860’s it is one of the cornerstone appellations producing iconic Bordeaux varietals. The appellation extends over a flat expanse of well-drained gravel soil between the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains. The central location results in sedimentary deposits from these mountains and creates soil that is gravelly and sandy, with exceptionally good drainage. Because the area is halfway up the valley, the cool fog from San Pablo Bay can still reach the area for cool mornings and evenings, but the fog quickly burns off for good heat and sunshine mid-day.