Why Visit Domaine Carneros?
Have you ever had Taittinger Champagne? Elegant, refined, and exquisite are just a few words I would use to describe this phenomenal champagne. Exquisite to say the least because each time I’ve had Taittinger, I’ve spent at least $40 per glass! And I’d do it again because Taittinger is heavenly.
If you’ve ever driven between Napa and Sonoma, you have definitely admired the elegant château watching over Domaine Carneros’ 138 acre estate.
Now, if a French counterpart, estate grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and a luxurious château weren’t enough, Domaine Carneros has been at the helm of female winemaker Eileen Crane for the past 30 years. Get it girl! In my opinion, you don’t see enough female winemakers out there, so it’s super cool to see Eileen’s longevity with this incredible winery. Think of how exacting her palate must be with all of the blending required to make phenomenal sparkling wine! What’s even crazier is that Eileen started as a tour guide at Domaine Chandon and worked her way up to become winemaker and President of Domaine Carneros.
Reservations, Tours & Tastings
Domaine Carneros offers tastings daily from 10:00am – 5:30pm by reservation only. Guests will experience table service in the salon or on the terrace overlooking spectacular vineyard views. Wines can be tasted in flights or by the glass. Wine pairings of caviar and artisan cheeses are also available. Tasting experiences start at $30.
The winery also offers daily tours at 11:00am, 12:00pm, and 3:00pm for $50 per person. Reservations are required. We opted for the tour during our visit to Domaine Carneros and I HIGHLY recommend it.
2013 Ultra Brut
2012 Estate Brut Cuvée
2011 Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs
2014 Brut Rosé
2015 The Famous Gate Pinot Noir