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Napa County
Pope Valley, California

Pope Valley, CA Local Info


Encompassed by rolling hills, verdant vineyards, and majestic oak trees, Pope Valley captivates visitors with its idyllic scenery and serene ambiance. Situated northeast of St. Helena, while bordering the expansive Lake Berryessa to the west, Pope Valley boasts stunning natural beauty, rich history, and a burgeoning wine scene. 

The valley's unique microclimate and diverse terroir provide optimal conditions for cultivating a variety of grape varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay. 

Within Napa County, this quaint valley is home to the historic Aetna Springs Resort, a cherished landmark registered on the historic places list. Pope Valley derives its name from William (Julian) Pope, who received land in Rancho Locoallomi in 1841 from acting Governor Manuel Jimeno.

Notably, Pope Valley served as the childhood home of Frances Marion, an Academy Award-winning screenwriter and pioneer of the Hollywood film industry. In her 1935 book "Valley People," Marion drew inspiration from her upbringing in Pope Valley, capturing its essence as a literary setting.