Napa Valley Luxury Real Estate & Vacation Rentals
In prehistoric times, the valley was inhabited by the Patwin Native Americans, with possible habitation by Wappo tribes in the northwestern foothills. Most villages are thought to have been constructed near the floodplains of watercourses that drain the valley. In 1776, a fort was erected by the Spanish Governor, Felipe de Neve a short distance northwest of Napa, on an elevated plateau. George C. Yount was an early settler in Napa County and is believed to be the first Anglo-Saxon resident in the county. In 1836 Yount obtained the Mexican grant Rancho Caymus where he built what is said to be the first log house in California. Napa County was formed and became one of the original California counties when the state became part of the United States in 1850.
The first commercial winery opened in the county in 1859, and except for the pause during prohibition, the industry has grown ever since gaining world renown. The dining scene has evolved concurrently, along with popularity among tourists. The real estate market is vibrant offerin many diverse options—especially in the luxury market.