Ascending from the base of the Napa Valley, Howell Mountain rises into the clouds. The crest of this forested hillside gives way to a lush plateau. Conn Creek flows through the meadow on its way to nearby Lake Hennessey. Angwin is at the top of this idyllic setting, looking over valley below.
Many of Angwin's 3,051 residents enjoy the privacy and tranquility living in this forested terrain. The mild climate encourages a range of outdoor activities—mountain biking, horseback riding, or walking your dog down a quiet country lane. Pacific Union College offers tennis courts, outdoor track and swimming pool for public use, along with cultural activities such as concerts and speaker series.
Howell Mountain's high elevation enjoys mild temperatures ranging from 35˚f to 85˚f allowing the grapes to develop more slowly.
The Howell Mountain AVA (American Viticultural Area) was officially designated California's first sub appellation within Napa Valley in 1982. For generations, exceptional winemakers have created award-winning wines. For a list of local wineries please visit www.howellmountain.org.
Angwin might not be the most visited spot in this region, but we think that's part of its allure. Whereas much of the valley may be built for those who visit Angwin is a place to call home.
Angwin offers educational opportunities for all grades, from pre-school through college. There are four private institutions in Angwin, owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church: Discoveryland Preschool, Pacific Union College Elementary, Pacific Union College Preparatory School, and Pacific Union College. The only public school is Howell Mountain Elementary, which offers grades k-8.
The town of Angwin might be small, but there are big opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Angwin is home to the Los Posadas State Forest, a 798-acre tract of forest land, where you can often find runners, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and hikers out on the trails. There are also little creeks and water falls tucked away in Angwin, such as Linda Falls and the Devil's Punchbowl--both of which are part of the Land Trust of Napa County. Outside the forests, the roads that wind through Howell Mountain are a favorite for road bike enthusiasts, and often you can see races passing through town.
Angwin also has cultural events through Pacific Union College. The college often features plays, concerts, and speaker series throughout the academic year, and all events are free of admission.
Just a short drive off the hill, people can enjoy the beauty of Pope Valley, climb Mount St. Helena, kayak in Lake Hennessey, water ski in Lake Berryessa, or enjoy the elegance of St. Helena.
There are a few commercial businesses in Angwin, and most are located in Angwin Plaza. There is a market, a laundromat, post office, auto repair shop, gas station, and a bank. The St. Helena Hospital is just a short drive from Angwin, located toward the bottom of the hill.
To see a full list of businesses, please visit our Resources page.
Angwin is one of California's many small towns that has volunteer fire and ambulance departments. These two teams of well-trained volunteers are the community's first responders.
The Angwin Volunteer Fire Department's primary responsibility is to serve the community of Angwin. The department does provide assistance to residents on either side of Howell Mountain, when requested, and will respond as mutual aid anywhere in the County of Napa or the State when needed and requested by Napa County Fire and/or the California Office of Emergency Services.
Angwin Community Ambulance is a non-profit company staffed and operated by volunteers and supported by the Angwin Community Council and the Napa County community. Angwin Ambulance response territory covers 250 sq mi of northeastern Napa County including Angwin, Pope Valley, Berryessa Estates and northern Lake Berryessa communities and recreational areas.
The fire and ambulance station is located at 275 College Avenue.