Taste the Carneros Wine Region

Taste the Carneros Wine Region.  The gently winding, scenic Carneros wine trail is less than 20 minutes north of American Canyon in the Napa Valley.  It is a convenient connection between Napa and Sonoma Counties and is dotted with notable wineries and vineyards.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the undisputed crown jewels of the Los Carneros AVA.

Approved in 1983, the 90-square-mile Los Carneros wine region was one of the earlier AVAs approved in California and the first to span two counties. Due to its southern location, this appellation is Napa and Sonoma County’s coolest with summer temperatures normally below 80 degrees.

With it only being a quick drive from the heart of American Canyon, make this wine region your first stop when enjoying the fruits of wine country. Whether you want to make it a day or half a day, you’ll have plenty to enjoy!

Starmont

Starmont Winery, 1451 Stanly Ln, Napa, CA 94559

Starmont Winery welcomes guests daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Reservations are not required and they have a variety of tasting experiences to enjoy in their open-air tasting room and beautiful lounge, all reflective of the unique characteristics of Carneros and the Napa Valley. While they have four tastings to choose from, we recommend you sample the Carneros Tasting or Napa Tasting (both $25) to get the best of both wine regions.

Bouchaine Vineyards

Bouchaine Vineyards, 1075 Buchli Station Rd, Napa, CA 94559

As a privately owned boutique winery producing 22,000 cases per year, the winemaking team is able to create incredibly unique wines. They experiment in the vineyards with pruning and irrigation, in the winery using different woods and toasts and they emphasize what comes from the vineyard. Whether you come to enjoy the fabulous Carneros views, or have an adventure on a tour, or taste wine directly from the barrel – you’ll have a special experience at this hidden gem. We definitely recommend trying their Pinot Meunier.

Etude

Etude Wines, 1250 Cuttings Wharf Rd, Napa, CA 94559

Etude Wines is known for its 35 year legacy of high quality Pinot Noirs that deliver the best of the old and new world style and winemaking techniques.  A charming and friendly winery that should not be missed. You can easily slip by the unassuming turn off along Highway 12, at Cuttings Wharf Road, and miss this beautiful property reminiscent of a Loire Valley property. Classic, rural, and scenic …don’t miss that turn! We recommend The Study of Pinot Noir Tasting, a taste of five Pinot Noirs from five distinct growing areas including their Estate Vineyards in Carneros, Sonoma Coast, Willamette Valley, Santa Barbara County and New Zealand, all made by Etude Winemaker, Jon Priest, in a semi-private, seated experience in their Heirloom Room.

Lawn

Jamieson Ranch, 1 Kirkland Ranch Rd, Napa, CA 94503

Enjoy delicious wines, amazing views and great people at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards. Napa Valley starts at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, as it is the southernmost winery in the Napa Valley. Reminiscent of a grand lodge, the stately winery sits upon rolling hillsides and vineyards with a history dating back to the mid-1800s. Today, visitors to the winery enjoy personalized tastings of exclusive Napa Valley wines and food pairing experiences. We recommend the Signature Tasting to get an opportunity to experience their full portfolio of wines.

Artesa

Artesa Winery, 1345 Henry Rd, Napa, CA 94559

Over 25 years ago, Spain’s oldest winemaking family ventured to a new world: a sea-facing hillside in the Napa Valley, with rocky soils and a favorable coastal climate. Indulge in distinctive artisanal wines, culture, and heritage. Artesa’s Visitor Center offers exclusive experiences and tasting options that showcase their wines and their story for your enjoyment and education. Artesa is a popular destination and fills up quickly. We recommend a reservation when booking one of their semi-private tastings, offered daily.

Domaine Carneros

Domaine Carneros, 1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA 94559

Domaine Carneros is a singular winery best known as a small grower-producer of methóde traditionnelle sparkling wine, Pinot Noir, estate vineyards, and a breathtakingly beautiful château. They’re one of the few wineries where you can enjoy table service in the elegant salon or on the terrace overlooking impressive views of the endless vineyard-covered hills of Napa Valley. Wines may be tasted in flights or by the glass. Caviar and artisan cheese plates matched to their wines are also available.

No matter where you end up when you start in American Canyon know that you’ll be close to the gateway to wine country!