Sail Away to the Napa Valley with America's Cup and

Sailing-Inspired Napa Valley Getaway Site Launches for America's Cup Fans


6/28/2012 - St Helena,, a collaboration between the Napa Valley Destination Council, Napa Valley Vintners and the America's Cup Event Authority, launches this week to showcase Napa Valley lodging, wine and culinary offerings for fans and friends of the America's Cup. As the Official Wine Region of the 34th America's Cup, the Napa Valley has developed a variety of experiences for adventurous race fans looking to trade adrenaline for indulgence just an hour's drive from San Francisco. Access to the site is available to all fans of the America's Cup, with a private "Unrivaled Access" portal accessible only to AC Crew members, the official America's Cup fan club.

The site launch coincides with the America's Cup World Series racing in Newport, Rhode Island, which kicks off on June 28, 2012. America's Cup World Series racing continues in San Francisco from August 21-26 and October 2-7, 2012, followed next year by the Louis Vuitton Cup, America's Cup Challenger Series from July 4-September 1, the Red Bull Youth America's Cup in August/September and then the America's Cup Finals from September 7-22, 2013. features packages and travel experiences available during race times and throughout the year. Napa Valley Access getaway packages include items such as hotel upgrades and special wine tastings. The AC Crew members-only portal is presented as a curated collection of unique Napa Valley experiences entitled Unrivaled Access. These experiences, many of which are being offered for the first time, range from a hotel stay with a port-to-port sailing for ten from Napa Valley to San Francisco, to personalized tastings with Napa Valley vintners who sail recreationally. AC Crew membership is complimentary to all America's Cup fans interested in staying current with race and team news. Visit to join.

About the America's Cup
At 160 years old, the America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport. The America's Cup has evolved into one of the world's leading sporting competitions--featuring the best sailors on the world's fastest boats, the wing-sailed AC45 and AC72 catamarans. The new America's Cup World Series opened its inaugural season in August 2011 and continues with events around the world. In the summer of 2013, the 34th America's Cup begins with the Louis Vuitton Cup, America's Cup Challenger Series July 4-September 1, followed by the America's Cup Finals September 7-22. For more information, visit

About the Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners is the non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents 430 Napa Valley wineries and collectively is a leader in the worldwide wine industry. To learn more about our region and its legendary American wines, visit

About The Napa Valley Destination Council
The Napa Valley Destination Council is the official tourism marketing organization for the Napa Valley, with a mission to promote, protect, and enhance the region's position as the world's premier wine, food, arts, and wellness capital. The area is internationally recognized as one of only nine "Great Wine Capitals," and its restaurants were awarded 14 Michelin Stars in the 2012 guide. Visit

Terry Hall, Napa Valley Vintners

Margaux Lushing, Napa Valley Destination Council

Contact: Terry Hall, Communications Director 707-968-4217