The USA is fourth, just behind France, Italy and Spain when it comes to producing wine. Out of every 10 bottles made, 9 are from California. When European settlers arrived, botanists counted over 20 different species of native vines. Today the most famous wineries are based in California, namely the Napa Valley and Russian River Valley regions. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay grapes are excellent examples of varieties prospering in the cool coastal breezes and it is well known for sea mist to roll along the vineyards. Although its reputation is for producing some fantastically expensive wines there are plenty of gems to be snapped up.