This Little Region Is the Easiest Wine Country Weekend Getaway

A mere hour from San Francisco, Carneros straddles Napa and Sonoma and is home to some of wine country’s best tasting rooms, restaurants, and stays.

Heading north from San Francisco to wine country, some of the earliest signs of vines come from one of California’s most charming wine-growing regions: Carneros. An appellation traversing the southern portions of Napa and Sonoma, Carneros rests just above the San Pablo Bay, whose cooling influence provides a haven for pinot noir, chardonnay, and sparkling wine production. Though some of this appellation sustained fire damage from the October wildfires in Northern California, it's open for business and just as wonderful as ever...

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.