The Molnar Family, Poseidon Vineyard

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.

The Molnar Family (Nicholas, Peter, & Arpad). Proprietors, Poseidon Vineyard.


The Molnar Family (Nicholas, Peter, & Arpad). Proprietors, Poseidon Vineyard.


Our father Nicholas planted Poseidon Vineyard in 1973. At the time, there were many more sheep than vines in Carneros, and the most southern reaches of Napa were considered a bit extreme for vine growing. Just 17 years earlier he had escaped his native Hungary during the 1956 revolution with only the shirt on his back, which put any new challenges into perspective. Our first customer was Domaine Chandon.

My Carneros:

Poseidon Vineyard is one of the few vineyards in the world which you can access by boat directly from the sea (back in the day, boat was the preferred method to reach wine country from San Francisco). As lifelong sailors, the wind, salt, and sea breeze are in our blood and also surround the vineyard. As perhaps the most southern Napa Valley vineyard, the cool maritime climate is ideal for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We named the vineyard after the god of the sea, thinking he would some day take it back.

Fun Fact:

Our father Nicholas is a grower, through and through. When we suggested (over a decade ago) to make single-vineyard wines from our property, he said, “Whatever you do, don't start making wine!”. After partnering with winemaker Michael Terrien, and subsequently building a winery, tasting room, and putting many vintages under our belt, we're glad we ignored his advice. :)

Secret Spot:

The huge blackberry bushes along Carneros Creek, located at the confluence of the Napa River. Go there for the ripest and plumpest blackberries you'll find in all of Napa.

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.