The Carneros region is as authentic as those who live and work here. The Carneros Wine Alliance has created “The Voices of Carneros” to allow locals to share their insight and knowledge of Carneros, including secret spots in the region. “The Voices of Carneros” is published regularly on the alliance website and across all social media outlets.
Jon Priest, Winemaker at Etude
Raised on the Central Coast, Carneros reminds me of the small communities of my childhood. There is a mix of agriculture, ranching and vineyards, the laid-back nature of the people and the familiar cool ocean breezes. Pinot Noir was my early inspiration to pursue winemaking and winegrowing, a quest that brought me to Etude and the pastoral hills of Carneros.
Uniquely spans the breadth of the region; from the winery in the rolling Carneros farmlands of Napa to the stunning beauty of our estate Grace Benoist Ranch vineyards in the NW corner of the AVA in Sonoma.
The Grace Benoist Ranch has thirteen different soils types within its borders and is the home to perhaps the largest California Bay Laurel tree in the state; 36 feet in diameter!
Riding my horse on a hidden trail up to the top of the Heirloom Pinot Noir vineyard on the Grace Benoist Ranch. There is always a small herd of deer or a flock of wild turkeys resting under the Buckeye trees or cooling along the creek.