Carneros AVA: Spotlight on a Versatile Wine Region

Carneros is the coolest of all AVAs nested within the Napa Valley AVA. In my opinion, it is also the most versatile of them. It produces crisp sparkling wines but also excellent Merlot and Syrah.

The Carneros AVA actually straddles the Napa-Sonoma County line though. It even represents more acreage in Sonoma County than in Napa County. But, Sonoma County has so much vineyard acreage in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Carneros’ cool-to-moderate climate is less unique to Sonoma County than it is to Napa County....