In 1989, Claude Taittinger established Domaine Carneros. The winery’s architecture and expansive gardens make it one of the most recognizable buildings in the region.
Domaine Carneros is the only sparkling wine producer to use only Carneros grapes. Most of this fruit comes from their 195 acre estate vineyard. After the first fermentation, winemaker Eileen Crane blends the many separate lots into the final cuvee. A graduate of the UC Davis Enology and Viticulture program, Crane leads a highly skilled production team.
The Domaine Carneros 2001 Brut is a quintessential example of a dry sparkling wine from Carneros. It is made in the Blanc de Noir style, (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) and is highly rated by the mainstream wine media.
The winery also practices eco-friendly farming. Moving away from chemical herbicides and pesticides, Domaine Carneros began using mechanical alternatives to protect the environment.