Napa was founded in 1847. It’s a place with a colorful past – a jumping off point for 49ers bound for the gold rush, birthplace of famous leather, and neighbor to some of the most prestigious vineyards in the world. As the County seat for one of the world's Great Wine Capitals, the Napa name is synonymous with quality. Today Napa is a vibrant and modern town with a respect for its past. Just down the road from our protected historic districts, home to some of northern California's finest Victorian homes, you will find visually stimulating contemporary architecture. Napa is a city with a low crime rate, a high standard of living, clean air and nearly perfect weather.