Napa Valley’s First Wine History Museum

Learn About Napa Valley Wine at 1881 Napa (VIDEO)
Jean-Charles Boisset, Monique Soltani

In this episode of Wine Oh TV, Monique Soltani gets a Napa Valley wine history lesson with Jean-Charles Boisset at 1881 Napa.

1881 Napa, Napa Valley’s first wine history museum and tasting salon, opened over the summer. Jean-Charles Boisset, proprietor of Boisset Collection, whose grandparents were teachers, wanted to share his passion for education and wine with wine-lovers around the world.

Jean-Charles Boisset, created an homage to Napa Valley, with a tasting room that showcases wines from Napa Valley’s distinct sub-appellations, a museum where guests can explore Napa rich wine history, an extensive collection of historic wine relics from Europe and the United States and original artifacts from the Early California Wine Trade Archive.

Napa Valley was the first AVA designated in California in 1981 and within the region are 16 sub-AVAs that contain more geological diversity than any other wine region, leading to dramatically different wines within Napa Valley.

Jean-Charles Boisset, Proprietor, Boisset Collection

“Napa Valley has a powerful place in American wine history and 1881 Napa puts the region in perspective on the world stage. An extraordinary amount has been accomplished in this enclave in a short amount of time.

We want to create a destination that celebrates Napa’s long history and its pioneering founders while exploring Napa’s incredibly diverse terroir in one destination.”

Learn About Napa Valley Wine at 1881 Napa (VIDEO)
Photo Credit: Lowell Downey

1881 Napa is located in a historic Victorian home built in 1874 next to Oakville Grocery (founded in 1881) in Oakville, California, both of which were purchased by Boisset Collection at the beginning of the year.

The wine museum in 1881 Napa is open now and free to the public.

1881 Napa is located at 7856 St. Helena Highway in Oakville and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made here.

*****Thank you to Scott Eason for editing this video*****

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