Carneros, Again

Forty years ago, the Carneros had hopes of becoming the Burgundy of California. It didn’t – but neither did anywhere else. Now, it’s back in the limelight just by being itself.

Los Carneros, late 1970s. Duhig Road veers off from Route 12 and heads south, splitting in half this hilly region where Napa and Sonoma valleys come together at the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains before both fizzle out into the marshlands bordering San Pablo Bay. It is an early fall afternoon, and a drive down Duhig and its side roads is mostly a serene one. Here and there, rectangular patches of vineyards, now green but turning red and yellow, stretch across dune-like rolling hillsides. From time to time, a truck full of grapes makes its way north...

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.