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 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 28 at the Groth Winery (750 Oakville Cross Road, Oakville, CA). Participants will drive from there to locations in the eastern half of the Oakville AVA. We will end by 6:00 pm at Opus One. The next morning, we will meet at 8:30 am at Hoopes Vineyard (1380 Yount Mill Road, Napa, CA) and continue from there to locations in the western half of the Oakville AVA. The workshop will conclude at 4:00 pm on April 29.
Students should wear sturdy shoes for walking in vineyards. A boxed lunch will be provided on both days. Participants must provide their own transportation and lodging. Tuition discounts are not available. Grade restriction: No letter grade.