WSP 281 — Wine and Geology in Napa Valley: A Weekend Exploration
Though geology and terroir will be a focus of the workshop, no previous knowledge of either is necessary to understand the stories of deep-sea sediments, volcanic eruptions, uplifted mountains, earthquake faulting, mega-landslides, and torrential flooding—all active players in the making of the modern Napa Valley. Participants will explore a cross-section of the Oakville American Viticultural Area (AVA), located in the heart of Napa Valley, including four private tastings to see how the earth and the wine compare and contrast from place to place. In essence, we will bring the geology to the wine and the wine to the geology.
The workshop will start promptly at 9:30 am on Saturday,
April 29 at the Groth Winery. Participants will drive from
there to locations in the eastern half of the Oakville AVA.
We will end at dusk at Opus One. The next morning, we
will meet at Hoopes Vineyard and continue from there
to locations in the western half of the Oakville AVA. The
workshop will conclude at 4:00 pm on April 30.
A boxed lunch will be provided on both days. Participants must provide their own breakfast, dinner, transportation, and lodging.
Tuition discounts are not available. Due to its short format, this workshop may not be taken for a Letter Grade. However, Credit/No Credit is available.