Domaine Carneros
By Trace Thompson

Thompson's Domaine Carneros

For anyone who has ever visited the California wine country, Domaine Carneros Winery, known for its sparkling wines, is one of the most popular places to stop off. The Domaine Carneros, which is located entirely in the Carneros AVA between Napa and Sonoma, consists of six vineyards on over 400 hectares and was founded in 1987 by Claude Taittinger from Champagne and the Taittinger family. The six vineyards of the estate are located on the north side of the property, north of Carne de Carters, and cover a total of about 400 hectares, of which 225 hectares are Pinot Noir, 125 hectares Chardonnay, the remaining hectares Cabernet Sauvignon and Chablis and a few hectares of chard. The winery focuses on the production of sparkling wines such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chablis. The winery grows various grapes from the Carneros AVA and other parts of Napa Valley. The architecture and interior design are inspired by the Chateau Chateauneuf - du - Pape, one of the oldest and most famous Chateauneuf in France. It was inspired not only by its architecture but also by the architecture of its surroundings and the history of Napa Valley. Taittinger took over the management of the sector from Eileen Crane, who as managing director and founding winemaker was responsible for the development of the wine program as well as the production and marketing of all the company's wines. Crane, who holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree in marketing from Columbia University, has been working as a winemaker and vice president of Gloria Ferrer since 1983. Although I always knew that I wanted to become a sparkling wine producer since I first worked at Domaine Chandon, I had a happy job, first working my way up from executive to assistant to the winemaker, and then being hired by the vice president of winemaker Gloria Ferrer, who was responsible for developing the company's sparkling wine program and marketing its wines.

Family Owned

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Since then, the small, family-owned winery has earned a reputation as one of the most successful and prestigious wineries in France in the world. The winery has always focused on the production of sparkling wines, and its focus has always been on producing high-quality sparkling wines with a high level of taste and aroma and the best possible quality. After visiting some of the most beautiful wineries in the Napa Valley, I couldn't resist the French-inspired Domaine Carneros Winery and Vineyards. Eileen, who oversaw all the elements of the estate's development, worked with her husband, who worked in Napa Valley and later California, to help plant their now fully organic vineyards, and oversaw the planting of over 1,000 acres of new, organic and biologically-friendly vines. The main entrance, which I highly recommend, leads you up a grand staircase to the beautiful castle. On the way up, you will have a breathtaking view of the Napa Valley, while you will have the opportunity to sip some of the best sparkling wines and Pinot Noirs. The Domaine Carneros, founded by the noble Taittinger family, is the Californian expression of French champagne par excellence. Founded in the late 1970s, starting with the establishment of the first winery in the Napa Valley and then the development of a vineyard and vineyards, it was founded by noble families from Champagne and Taitinger. Claude Taittinger was selected in 1987 as the first winemaker of Domaine Carneros, a winery and winery in the California Napa Valley. Claude thought it was the perfect place to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and produce world-class Californian sparkling wine. Eileen Crane was wisely chosen to oversee the planning and development of the estate and vineyards and remains CEO and founding winemaker of Domaine Carneros to this day.

Six Vineyards in Napa Valley

The estate's six vineyards are located in the heart of the Napa Valley, north of San Francisco, California and cover a total of approximately 400 hectares, of which 125 hectares are planted in Chardonnay, 225 hectares in Pinot Noir and the remaining hectares for other wines. Each winery grows different grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chateau Blanc, Pernod, Cabaret and Chablis. In addition to the production of sparkling wines, the winery also focuses on the development and production of a wide range of high-quality sparkling wines and a number of small batches. The Domaine Carneros, modeled on the Champagne Taittinger and located in Reims, France, is perched on a hill overlooking the vineyards and rolling hills of the Carneros region. The architecture and interior design are inspired by the historic buildings of Carnival, a historic city in the Napa Valley in California. Today, Domaine Carneros produces over 46,000 cases of wine per year and has a certified organic vineyard of over 1,500 hectares of vineyards and produces more than 1.5 million bottles of wine per year.