What’s Cool in Carneros? Carneros Wine Alliance Members Unveil the Latest Experiences in Carneros

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This fall Carneros wineries offer art filled experiences, new tasting rooms, healthy wine filled activities, private vineyard tours, and much more

Located at the crossroads of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Carneros is a cool-climate appellation influenced by the waters of the San Francisco Bay.

"Carneros has always been the place to visit for tasting cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sparkling wines, but we offer so much more in our vast region,” stated Crista Johnson of Schug Winery and Chair of the Carneros Wine Alliance.

The San Francisco Bay, Napa, Sonoma, and fall colors all in one day? Only one wine region can deliver: Carneros. The Carneros Wine Alliance and its members unveiled their latest wine tasting experiences, tasting room openings, health filled wine opportunities, and culinary adventures that await you in the Carneros region. Located at the crossroads of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Carneros is a cool-climate appellation influenced by the waters of the San Francisco Bay. Known for exceptional Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wine production, Carneros offers visitors the chance to visit both Napa and Sonoma in one trip.

“Carneros has always been the place to visit for tasting cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sparkling wines, but we offer so much more in our vast region,” stated Crista Johnson of Schug Winery and Chair of the Carneros Wine Alliance. “We are excited to welcome new tasting rooms and guests to enjoy Carneros.”

“This fall in Carneros we are excited to have new energy with a variety of new experiences available for visitors,” adds Carla Bosco of Bouchaine Vineyards and Vice-Chair of the Carneros Wine Alliance. “It’s a gorgeous time to wind through the backroads of Carneros.”

Here’s a summary of what’s new in Carneros this fall:

Enjoy Andy Warhol Art and Cuvaison Wines – cuvaison.com
Along with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Cuvaison is celebrating the first release of their limited edition Andy Warhol by Cuvaison Collection. Commissioned by Cuvaison in the early 1980s, Andy Warhol took Polaroids of grapes in a variety of patterns to create over 50 unique screen-prints for Cuvaison labels. This is the first release in a series of three, and each collector’s box includes original Andy Warhol artwork along with exclusive wines from Cuvaison’s two Napa Valley estates: a Chardonnay from Carneros and a red Bordeaux blend from their Brandlin Vineyard on Mount Veeder. Guests can also now experience a rare viewing of original screen-prints created by iconic Pop artist, Andy Warhol, exclusively for Cuvaison in their intimate art gallery. Screen prints are on loan from Christie’s. Reservations are required in advance. Visit http://www.cuvaison.com/screenprints for more information. To make a reservation at Cuvaison please visit http://www.cuvaison.com, call (707) 942-2455, or email appointments(at)cuvaison(dot)com

The Modern and Experience-Focused Winery of Liana Estates, Opened October 1, 2016, in Carneros – lianaestates.com
From the family behind the respected Peju Province Winery (http://www.peju.com) in Napa Valley, Liana Estates in Carneros forges a new path as a modern winery, aiming to provide a completely new wine tasting experience that connects visitors to what is natural and sustainable. Through a series of immersive experiences and culinary programming (i.e. “Brunch and Yoga” overlooking the San Pablo Bay; “Bake and Bubbles” oyster bake series where guests learn how to shuck oysters; Full Moon Harvest dinners in the vineyard; mozzarella-making classes with Liana’s executive chef, and more) along with an ever-changing selection of high-quality lifestyle and reserve wines – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, unique “lost grape” varietals, and sparkling – Liana Estates encourages guests to embrace each of the five senses and take in the breathtaking scenery of Napa Valley and the San Pablo Bay. Liana Estates will be where Napa heritage meets the new taste of Carneros. Opened Oct. 1, 2016. For more information Visit http://www.lianaestates.com call (707) 302-1160, or email concierge(at)lianaestates(dot)com

Self-Guided Vineyard Tours at Schug Winery – schugwinery.com
Schug Winery is offering free self-guided vineyard tours at their Carneros estate. Take a leisurely stroll through the estate vineyards and learn more about the unique qualities of this winery located at the intersection of four viticultural areas. Schug Winery is open daily 10am – 5pm, no prior appointment necessary for groups of 5 and under. For more information visit http://www.schugwinery.com, call (707) 939-9363, or email info(at)schugwinery(dot)com

New Wine Experiences, Pilates and Wine, and Napa Vineyard Tours at Poseidon Vineyard – tricyclewine.com
Located amidst the art-filled gardens of Cornerstone Sonoma, Poseidon Vineyard is offering several new experiences, including a newly re-vamped tasting menu of current release wines for $15 and new library wine flight experience of reserve wines for $25. Also, starting October 4, 2016, Pilates ProWorks of Sonoma will be offering classes in the barn at Cornerstone Sonoma every Tuesday at 9am. Attendees that stop by the Poseidon Vineyard tasting room at Cornerstone Sonoma after their class will receive 10% off their purchase that day. For more information visit http://www.tricyclewine.com call (707) 255-4929, or email tastingroom(at)tricyclewine(dot)com.

The New Winery and Tasting Room Set to Open Late Fall at Hyde Estate Carneros – hydewines.com
Hyde Estate Carneros is anticipating the completion of their new winery and tasting room construction this November. Known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Hyde may also release a new wine this year. This family-run winery is not to be missed on any visit to Carneros. For more information visit http://www.hydewines.com, call (707) 254-7950, or email hyde.wines(at)gmail(dot)com.

Hospitality Home Announced at The Donum Estate – thedonumestate.com
The Donum Estate launches their hospitality home in Spring, 2017. Currently the estate welcomes visitors in their farmhouse and showcases sculptures from Fernando Botero, Ai Weiwei and Richard Hudson. Tastings and visits are by appointment only, visit http://www.thedonumestate.com or call (707) 939-2290.

Breaking Ground On The New Visitor Center at Bouchaine Vineyards and Biking in Carneros this Fall – bouchaine.com
Bouchaine is excited to break ground on their new visitor center this fall.  If you visit us now you are sure to enjoy beautiful vineyard vistas and award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.  Napa and Sonoma Valley Bike Tours offers cycling tours that include a ride through the Bouchaine Estate Vineyards and includes a tasting at their Carneros property.  For more information on current excursions and the pending visitor center launch, visit http://www.bouchaine.com or call (707) 252-9065.

Visit all 15 Carneros Wine Alliance member wineries to view the current wines experiences:

  •     Artesa Winery – artesawinery.com
  •     Bouchaine Vineyards – bouchaine.com
  •     Ca’ Momi – camomiwinery.com
  •     Carneros Hills Winery – carneroshills.com
  •     Cuvaison – cuvaison.com
  •     Domaine Carneros – domainecarneros.com
  •     Donum Estate – thedonumestate.com
  •     Etude – etudewines.com
  •     Hyde Vineyards – hydewines.com
  •     Garnet Vineyards – garnetvineyards.com
  •     Liana Estates – lianaestates.com
  •     Poseidon Vineyard – tricyclewine.com
  •     Saintsbury – saintsbury.com
  •     Starmont – starmontwinery.com
  •     Truchard Vineyards – truchardvineyard.com
  •     ZD Wines – zdwines.com

ABOUT THE CARNEROS WINE ALLIANCE
The Carneros Wine Alliance is a non-profit association of wineries and grape-growers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA). Carneros is located at the crossroads of two major wine regions, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. A cool-climate appellation influenced by the waters of the San Francisco Bay, Carneros has long been known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wine production. The Carneros Wine Alliance is committed to promoting the distinction, diversity and above all, quality, of grapes and wines from Carneros. Visit Carneros.com // @CarnerosWine - Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram.

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