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Napa Carneros Wine Country

There are many excellent Carneros wineries including Etude, Talisman Cellars and Truchard Vineyards. Additionally, Domaine Carneros makes some of America’s best sparkling wine in Carneros Wine Country.

Local wine is produced in a climate that is cooled by wind and fog from the San Pablo Bay. But the weather is still quite warm compared to many other wine regions in the state. The Napa side of Los Carneros has a number of warmer microclimates than the Sonoma side. While Pinot Noir and Chardonnay still thrive here, Merlot and Syrah also have a significant presence.

The terrain of Napa Carneros Wineries is composed of low, rolling hills and a lean, unfertile soil profile. The soil is much shallower here than it is to the north. Carneros vineyards grow slower and can be only a couple of inches in diameter when they are over a decade old.

The early history of Napa Carneros is a story of Spanish and Mexican land grants and rugged, self-sufficient pioneers. In 1840, Jacob Lease was granted much of Napa Carneros by General Mariano Vallejo. Because of its proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area, grapes have been grown for over 150 years in Napa Carneros Wine Country. It is also a very convenient region to go on wine tours.

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Comments & Reviews

February 21, 2007 | Jessica Diamond

Carneros Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are my favorite. I enjoy sparkling wine from here too.

February 21, 2007 | iheartwine

I heart Domaine Carneros!

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