The city of St. Helena is located in the center of the world famous wine growing Napa Valley, 65 miles north of San Francisco.
The area was settled in 1834 as part of General Vallejo's land grant.
The city of St. Helena was incorporated as a City on March 24, 1876 and reincorporated on May 14, 1889.
St Helena, from its inception, has served as a rural agricultural center.
Over the years, with the growth and development of the wine industry, St. Helena has become an important business and banking center for the wine industry.
The city also receives many visitors as a result of the wine industry and the area's scenic qualities.
The main goal of St. Helema is to maintain a small-town atmosphere and to provide quality services to its citizens.
The CIA California campus consists of two facilities: The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena and The Culinary Institute of America at Copia in Napa.
The CIA at Greystone is situated in and around the Greystone Cellars building, built in 1888 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Greystone Cellars was formerly owned by Christian Brothers, who, from 1950 to 1989, used the facility for sparkling wine production.
Visitors are drawn to Greystone by its magnificent architecture and position as one of the Napa Valley’s most distinguished structures.
The first CIA classes at Greystone were held August 21, 1995.
In November 2011, global humanitarian, recently retired NBA star and future Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Yao Ming announced the establishment of his new Napa Valley winery: Yao Family Wines.
His dream of creating a classic Napa Valley winery that would become a legacy for future generations of his family became a reality.