Regions and Appellations USA California North Coast Napa County Napa Valley St Helena

St Helena Wine

St Helena is one of the Napa Valley's key subregions, located in the shadow of the 4345ft (1325m) Mount Saint Helena, from which the small town takes its name. The AVA, given in 1995, specializes in rich red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and, to a lesser extent, Merlot. These are made by some of California's most notable names, including Beringer, Joseph Phelps, Turley and Duckhorn Vineyards.

A typical vineyard scene, St Helena
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The town and its vineyards are located where the valley narrows substantially, about 15 miles (25km) north of Napa. At this point, the mountains of the Vaca and Mayacamas ranges close in on one another, pitting Spring Mountain and Diamond Mountain in the west against Howell Mountain in the east. St Helena's prestigious neighbors, Rutherford and Oakville, lie just to the south.

The AVA covers 9000 acres (3645ha) of densely packed vineyards in this bottleneck, and is home to more than 30 wineries. Among these is Beringer, one of California's oldest continuously operating wineries, founded by Jacob Beringer and his brother Frederick in 1875. In recognition of the contribution the Beringer family estate has made to Napa Valley and its wine industry, the site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. Next to Beringer Vineyards is the Charles Krug winery, established by the eponymous German-American who is often credited as being the "father of Napa wine".

St Helena showcases the climatic differences between the northern and southern ends of the Napa Valley. The southern part of the valley abuts San Pablo Bay, meaning that more southern AVAs like Carneros and Oak Knoll District are cooled by the famous San Francisco Bay fog, as well as ocean breezes from the bay. The ocean's influence gradually fades with each increase in altitude and distance from the ocean, so St Helena receives very little benefit from this climatic phenomenon.

Consequently, St Helena is one of Napa's warmer appellations, surpassed only by Calistoga, which lies even further up the valley. This makes it well suited to producing rich, structured red wines from the key Bordeaux varieties, as well as Californian favorite Zinfandel. White wines are not common in St Helena, although a few more adventurous producers are making Sauvignon Blanc from St Helena vineyards.

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Most Popular St Helena Wine

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Wine Name
Grape
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Spottswoode Family Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 284th 95 $225
Realm Cellars Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 1,423rd 95 $479
Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 1,525th 92 $111
Sinegal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 1,590th 92 $92
Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 2,922nd 94 $285
Spottswoode Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 2,999th 92 $84
Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 3,479th 93 $248
Ehlers Estate 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 4,882nd 91 $112
Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 5,046th 91 $66
Abreu Vineyard Rothwell Hyde Red, St Helena, USA Bordeaux Blend Red 5,094th 92 $208
Lyeth Estate 'Grande Fleur de Lyeth' Reserve Red, St Helena, USA Bordeaux Blend Red 6,021st 87 $18
Roberts + Rogers Louer Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 6,320th 91 $77
Sinegal Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 6,792nd 93 $212
Salvestrin Winery 'Salvestrin Estate Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 7,119th 91 $59
The Crane Assembly GB Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 7,145th 92 $240
Del Dotto Vineyards St. Helena Mountain Connoisseurs' Series Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 8,000th 92 $223
KG3 Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 8,000th $51
Thackrey & Company Orion Rossi Vineyard 'California Native Red Wine' Syrah, St Helena, USA Syrah 8,867th 91 $141
Trinchero Napa Valley Mario's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 8,999th 89 $49
Modicum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Bordeaux Blend Red 9,765th 88 $148
Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 10,327th 93 $301
Rivers-Marie Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 10,360th 93 $134
Morlet Family Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena - Napa Valley, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 10,828th 94 $257
Del Dotto Vineyards 'Vineyard 887' Connoisseurs' Series Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena, USA Cabernet Sauvignon 11,683rd 93 $216
Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, USA Cabernet Franc 12,834th 90 $64
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