Los Carneros AVA
Napa Valley, North Coast
The Los Carneros AVA (also known as Carneros AVA) straddles both Napa and Sonoma counties in northern California. Located north of San Pablo Bay the area is cooled by the fog and breezes coming off the ocean. The cooler climate makes it a popular growing region for varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It is also known for its sparkling wines with industry giants like Taittinger’s Domaine Carneros having a home base in the region.
The AVA was granted its official status in 1983, but the area’s first winery (Bouchaine Vineyards) was first established back in the 1870s. The region stretches 90 square miles and most of the more than 1000 acres under vine, are planted on low-lying hills. The area is named for the sheep that even today help to naturally control weeds in the area. There are almost a 100 wineries in the area with many having outstanding tasting rooms.