Fact Sheet

Location: Napa Valley, west of Napa and Yountville, within the Mayamas range. The only one of the five Napa Valley hillside appellations that adjoins the cool Carneros district.
Total Area: 16,000 square acres (64.7 km2)
Acres under Vine: about 1,000 (400 hectares), 64% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cases Produced: approximately 40,000 per vintage, about 1.3% of total Napa Valley production
Highest Vineyard: 2,400 feet (Mayacamas)
Highest Winery: 2,100 feet (Sky Vineyard)
First wine recorded: 1864, by Captain Stelham Wing, from today’s Wing Canyon Vineyard
AVA established: 1993
Wineries: 22 member wineries producing wines from Mount Veeder grapes
Growers: approximately 20
Soil Types: primarily rocky, clay seabed, with areas of volcanic soils and other variations
Top soil depth: typically 24 inches to less than 12 inches
Vineyard slope: varies, typically 10°-30°
Varieties: varieties grown by Mount Veeder Appellation Council members
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, 513 acres
  • Malbec, 72 acres
  • Merlot, 39 acres
  • Cabernet Franc, 23 acres
  • Petit Verdot, 8 acres
  • Syrah, 34 acres
  • Sangiovese, 1 acre
  • Zinfandel, 1 acre
  • Carignane, .5 acre
  • Mataro, .5 acre
  • Chardonnay, 76 acres
  • Viognier, 15 acres
  • Gewürztraminer 2 acres
  • Riesling, 2 acres
  • Gruner Veltlner, 2 acres
  • Albariño, 2 acres
  • Sauvignon Blanc, .5 acre
Other:
  • First California appellation to grow Petit Verdot. Cuttings from these vines were shared with many Napa Valley growers in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, so that most of the Petit Verdot in Napa Valley today originated from Mount Veeder.
  • First California appellation with all five red Bordeaux grapes planted to one vineyard.
  • First California appellation to produce one wine with all five red Bordeaux Varieties.
Descriptors:
  • Red wines: Blackberry, blackcherry, bay, briary, brambley, tobacco flavors. Black fruit, herbal, floral aromatics. Tannins moderate to bold, with assertive, fine texture. Reserve wines may often be cellared for ten-plus years with improving quality.
  • White wines: Minerally, luscious stone fruit, hints of citrus and herb aromas and flavors. Texture, richness, and age-worthiness vary according to winemaking techniques.