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....


Carneros Wine Alliance
The Carneros Wine Alliance is a non-profit association of wineries and grape-growers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA).  Carneros is the only appellation located at the crossroads of two major wine regions, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.  Influenced by the maritime breezes and fog from its southern border with the San Pablo Bay, Carneros produces the region’s finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and sparkling wines. The Carneros Wine Alliance is committed to promoting the distinction, diversity and above all, quality, of the grapes and wines from Carneros.