1944 Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) forms when seven founding vintners sign agreement of association
1948 NVV hosts first consumer marketing events to promote Napa Valley appellation and its wines
1968 Napa Valley Agricultural Preserve established
1976 Napa Valley wineries take top honors in the Paris Wine Tasting, a prestigious blind tasting competition pitting California wines against French wines
1981 Napa Valley becomes first American Viticultural Area established in California
1981 Inaugural Auction Napa Valley (Napa Valley Wine Auction) raises $140,000 for local hospitals
1981 NVV hires first professional staff members
1991 NVV leads first foreign trade mission (U.K.)
1995 NVV membership surpasses 100 wineries
1997 First Premiere Napa Valley mid-winter barrel auction for the trade raises $412,000
1997 NVV establishes “Free the Grapes” consumer-direct shipping advocacy group
1998 NVV leads first trade mission to Asia
2000 NVV’s Napa Name Law approved by California Legislature
2000 NVV establishes Napa Green task force
2001 NVV’s farmworker housing assessment law approved by California Legislature
2001 NVV gives $250,000 to “Windows of Hope” 9/11 charity fund
2002 NVV’s Napa Valley Community Health Care Center opens in city of Napa
2002 NVV’s Teaching Winery opens at Napa College
2002 Inaugural Master Napa Valley program
2002 NVV’s Geology & Soils Scientific Research Project completed
2003 NVV’s Climate Research Project completed
2003 River Ranch farmworker housing center opens
2004 Napa Green Certified Land program debuts
2005 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers launched
2005 NVV donates $1 million to establish Children’s Health Initiative , ensuring all Napa County children have access to health insurance
2005 NVV raises $250,000 for Hurricane Katrina victims
2005 Local economic impact of Napa Valley wine industry valued at $9.5 billion annually
2005 International “Declaration of Place” agreement signed with six wine regions in Napa Valley
2006 U.S. Supreme Court upholds NVV’s Napa Name law
2007 NVV earns approval by European Union for “Geographic Indication” first for any wine region outside E.U.
2008 Napa Green Certified Winery program debuts
2008 NVV Climate Change Study project launched
2009 NVV launches “Eat, Shop, Drink LOCAL” campaign to help local businesses during recession
2010 NVV moves into permanent home office in St. Helena, earns LEED certification and California historic preservation award
2011 Auction Napa Valley giving reaches $100 million milestone
2011 Napa Valley Climate Change Study released
2012 Premiere Napa Valley raises record-breaking $3.04 million
2012 NVV earns “Geographic Indication” status in China ahead of all other wine regions
2012 Local wine industry contributes more than $13 billion to local economy and $50 billion to U.S. economy
2013 Membership surpasses 450
2014 Napa Valley Vintners celebrates 70th anniversary
2014 Membership reaches 500
2014 Auction Napa Valley raises record-breaking $18.7 million for local community