Mitch Davis, General Manager, Carneros Hills Winery

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.

Mitch Davis, General Manager at Carneros Hills Winery


Mitch Davis, General Manager at Carneros Hills Winery
(in photos) Eric Johannsen, Winemaker at Carneros Hills Winery


When I moved to Napa in 2004, my family settled in the Carneros Region and we brought both of our children home to Carneros. At the end of 2012, I became the General Manager of Carneros Hills when we acquired what was the former Buena Vista winemaking facility on Ramal Road. Since then I have overseen its revitalization as an artisan Pinot Noir winery.

My Carneros:

I found my way to the Carneros region during my internship with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau in 1996. I’ve always been drawn to the rolling hills and the vistas to the south of San Francisco, Mt Diablo and Mt. Tam…especially on a clear, crisp winter morning.

Fun Fact:

In January we will be releasing our first vintage of Carneros Hills wines from winemaker Eric Johannsen. This will include our Carneros Hills Winery Pinot Noir and our Carneros Hills Chardenet Chardonnay. Chardenet was the original spelling of Chardonnay in France. Over time, the word disappeared from the French lexicon as the current spelling became preferred practice. To honor the grape variety’s rich heritage, Carneros Hills Winery has reclaimed this historic spelling and now produces limited amounts of this single vineyard Chardonnay.

Secret Spot:

At Carneros Hills, there sits the historic Harazthy Ranch house and on the hill directly behind is an old cistern. From this spot, you get a 360 degree view of Carneros, the San Pablo Bay and even San Francisco. It’s here where you can really capture the true beauty and bounty of Carneros.

In Person:


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.