AngwinThe town of Angwin, in the northern Napa Valley, was named for Edwin Angwin in 1874.  He ran a resort in the area, and was from Cornwall.  When he found the Upper Napa Valley, he thought he’d found paradise (he was right, of course) and he stayed. 

Things change, and Edwin’s resort town became the home for a large number of Seventh-day Adventists.  In 1909, Pacific Union College, an Adventist liberal arts college, moved from Healdsburg to Angwin.

Although many of the residents refrain from drinking alcohol because of their religious beliefs, the area is fast becoming a popular area for winemakers to plant vineyards and build wineries.

It’s a lovely drive through a hidden-gem area that will give you an idea of what the Upper Napa Valley looked like years ago.  You might not pass another car on your way to Angwin, and wouldn’t that be lovely?


Writer: Meredith Blevins, featured travel writer for the Authentic Wine Country.  Join her at for wine-country mysteries, classes, and the untamed west.

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