About Carneros, California
Carneros was previously a settlement of Napa County, California. Carneros was situated at an elevation of 7 feet (2 m) and on the Southern Pacific Railroad, 4.5 miles (7.2km) northwest of Napa Junction. The Carneros region received its American Viticultural Area (AVA) status in 1983 and is now the home of the Los Carneros AVA.
What is the history of Carneros, California?
Wine producer Louis M. Martini bought the Stanly Ranch in 1942 and started a replanting project. In the 1970s, 1, 300 acres (530 ha) of the Carneros region were vineyards, with Chardonnays and Pinot noirs as primary products. In the 1980s, more investments came to the region with the entry of Domaine Chandon, Domaine Carneros, Gloria Ferrer, Mumm Napa and Codorniu Napa which placed Carneros as one of California’s frontier in sparkling wine production. The late 1980s saw the return of phylloxera in the Carneros region which required replanting projects once again. Carneros producers planted new French clones of Chardonnay and Pinot noir during this time as well. In the early 1990s, Carneros had more than 6, 000 acres (2, 400 ha) of vineyards.
What is the geography and climate of Carneros, CA?
Ninety square miles (58, 000 acres) of the area along the low-lying hills of the Macayamas range belong to the Carneros region. Carneros vineyards are at elevations of 400 feet (120 m) along the foothills to near sea level if situated closer to San Francisco Bay.
The Los Carneros AVA belongs both to Napa and Sonoma counties which allows them to use both designations from Sonoma Valley AVA and Napa Valley AVA.
Carneros, CA experiences a moderately cool and windy climate, with a characteristic early morning fog, due to the nearby San Pablo Bay. The Los Carneros AVA is the coldest and windiest AVA in Napa and Sonoma.
What is the population of Carneros?
The Carneros region has a population of 12, 897 with an average age of around 41 years old. This population is 50.14% males and 49.86% females. People born in the U.S. are 76.48% of the population. Non-US-born citizens are 10.8% of the Carneros population. Non-US citizens are 12.72% of this population.
How is transportation in Carneros?
Exploring Carneros can be done via tours:
- Napa Sonoma Wine Tasting Driver
- Napa Valley Tours & Transportation
- California Wine Tours, Napa Tours and Sonoma Tours
- Anthem Limousine Service, LLC
- Sonoma Sterling Limousines and Party Buses
- Andrew’s Tours and Transportation
- Alta Transportation Services
- Wine Tour Pros
- Wine Tasting Driver
- Vine Tours Luxury Transportation
What makes Carneros popular?
Carneros wineries make this region very popular especially for Chardonnay and Pinot noir varietals. The Los Carneros AVA is the only American Viticultural Area that resides in both Napa and Sonoma counties with over 20 wineries and 8,000 acres of vineyards.
Top Carneros wineries to visit are Gloria Ferrer’s, Cline Family Cellars, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Ram’s Gate, Viansa Sonoma, Domaine Carneros and Nicholson Ranch.
Other Carneros wine tasting rooms to try include Anaba, Shug Carneros Estate, Larson Family Winery, Robledo Family Winery, Roche Winery & Vineyards, and Cornerstone Sonoma.
Carneros restaurants to explore are Angelo’s Wine Country Deli, Kivelstadt Cellars Wine Garden & Eatery and Lou’s Luncheonette.
Carneros inns to stay at are Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Vineyard Inn Hotel and Sonoma’s Best Guest Cottages.