1134 Dealy Lane

Napa, CA 94559

Tel. (707) 253-9463

 

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Carneros Wine Company is the culmination of 50 years of experience growing and producing wines in the Carneros region. Spanning the cool southern reaches of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, California’s Carneros appellation is a scenic and magical place. Known for our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Francis and Kathy Mahoney are pioneers of this region.

When the foundation for Carneros Creek Winery was laid 1972, the Carneros region was an abundance of agriculture, bay fields, fruit orchards, and, as its name suggests, sheep pastures (Carneros is the Spanish word for sheep). Francis Mahoney aspired to grow grapes that would produce wines which evoked in him the same passion as that of the great Pinots of Burgundy.

 

He embarked on a groundbreaking experiment with U.C. Davis to seek out which of Pinot Noirs many clonal variations are particularly well suited to growing in the distinctive terroir of the Carneros. Six selected varieties grow on our 180 acres of vineyards in the fog-washed hills, affording the grapes the gentle ripening necessary to develop beautifully balanced acids and flavors.

1972
Carneros Creek Winery
The first winery built in the Carneros region since Prohibition
1974
Pinot Noir Clonal Trials
About 55 single-vine replications of each clone were scattered throughout the block, and both UC Davis and Carneros Creek made wine concurrently from the trial
1983
Carneros AVA
Francis and Kathy Mahoney helped define and create the Carneros AVA
1987
Fleur de California
In 1987 the first Fleur de California Pinot Noir was bottled
1996
Las Brisas Vineyard
Las Brisas was purchased in 1996, 90 acres were planted to 12 different clones of Pinot Noir
2009
Scarlett Vineyards
Scarlett Vineyards was purchased in 2009, this vineyard is 30 acres of Cabernet and Petite Sirah

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Fleur de California Pinot Noir Rosé

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