Oakville, California

Oakville is in Napa County, California. Oakville started life in the 1860s as a water stop for the Napa Valley Railroad Company steam train. The railroad, founded by early California pioneer Samuel Brannan in 1864, shuttled tourists between ferry boats that docked in Vallejo to the hot springs and baths of Calistoga. The village gained its name from its groves of dark green valley oaks.

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Located in the heart of the Napa Valley, Oakville is a small town, and viniculture in the area dates back to 1868. This vineyard area is famous for its voluptuous Merlot and opulent Cabernet Sauvignon.  The first vineyard was established by Henry Walker Crabb, whose vineyard was named To Kalon, which means “highest beauty” in Greek. Today, Oakville Grocery is the oldest continuously operating grocery store in the state.

The area is considered the heart of Napa Valley. It is home to over 25 wineries spanning over 5,000 acres of vineyards. You’ll find everything from small, family-operated vineyards to famous wineries, including Robert Mondavi Winery. You’ll be able to choose a wine from one of the world’s most famous wineries here. Screaming Eagle, Heitz Wine Cellars, Opus One Winery, and Heitz Wine Cellars are some of the most famous wineries. You’ll also enjoy the local cuisine and experience the unique culture and people of the region. The population was 71 at the 2010 census and is estimated at 91 today. 

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