Known for producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from an area prized for its cool, windy, arid and maritime climate.
Carneros is one of California’s oldest winegrowing regions. First planted back in the mid-1800s and expanded in the 1950s and 1960s, it became one of the state’s first locations to consistently produce world-class Pinot Noir.
Carneros Hills Winery is situated in the tenderloin of Carneros. Although it is a relatively new venture – established in 2013 – the property was originally the site of the historic Buena Vista Winery. In 2013-2014 the facility was renovated to accommodate the production of luxury-class Pinot Noir. Among the improvements were the addition of hand-sorting systems, basket presses, new fermentation vessels and individual barrel rooms to provide ideal conditions for fermentations and aging.
Carneros Hills’ Pinot Noir is comprised of modern Dijon clones and classic older selections, including Swan and Pommard. The grapes are cold-soaked for up to a week, fermented in open top tanks, gently pressed, then aged in medium-toast French oak barrels (30% new).
The winery also produces two Chardonnays under the Chardenet label, from the Durell and Coteau Blanc vineyards (a blend of choice blocks from the Carneros Hills estate vineyard).