If you are ever on the TV show, “Jeopardy” and the questions is: “The most prominent peak in the Napa County.”
Push your buzzer and yell, “What is Atlas Peak!”
Yes, that is correct. Located high above Napa Valley, the Atlas Peak Appellation is home to Napa Valley’s most elevated, rugged and stunning landscape. Not for the cautious or faint of heart, this challenging region of Northern California wine country has been producing fine wines since 1870.
Known as a mountain appellation, the region ranges in elevation from 780 to 2,663 feet.
There are 15 member wineries tucked into the rocky landscape. Hidden within Foss Valley or perched in and around Atlas Peak itself and they all love to entertain visitors.
They include 4088 Winery, Acumen, Alpha Omega, Antica Napa Valley, Dos Lagos Vineyards, HALL Wines, Hill Family Estate, Krupp Brothers, Lagniappe Peak Vineyards, Lobo Wines, Ripe Peak Winery, Rivera Vineyards, Stonum Vineyards, Trinchero Napa Valley and VinRoc Wine Caves.
Once known primarily for zinfandel, the Altas Peak appellation produces top varietal used to create Bordeaux style wines: cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot, Malbec and merlot. These reds showcase concentrated berry and cherry fruit with firm, supple tannins. The chardonnay is crisp, aromatic with stone fruit and distinctive pear-mineral flavors and bright acidity.