5 Places to Visit in Carneros

The Napa side of Carneros remains rugged, but is home to a vibrant wine scene embracing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with a bustling culinary scene.

Fog-cooled and refreshingly undeveloped, these windswept, rolling hills once grew grapes almost exclusively for sparkling wine. The Napa side of Carneros is changing, as many famous Pinot Noir and Chardonnay growers build wineries of their own. Meanwhile, the riverfront city of Napa has a booming restaurant scene.

 Carneros Road Map 

map of Carneros

5 Carneros Destinations

 

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    Hyde de Villaine

    A partnership between grower Larry Hyde and Aubert de Villaine of Burgundy’s Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the winery makes elegantly nuanced Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, all from Hyde Vineyards.

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    Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia

    Next door to Oxbow, this new restaurant helmed by Culinary Institute chefs spotlights global flavors and fresh ingredients.

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    Oxbow Public Market

    This is a wonderful place to wander, eat, drink and shop. It offers everything from cheese, wine and cupcakes to sushi and beef. It’s also home to a Gott’s Roadside outpost.

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    Boon Fly Café

    A favorite place of locals, especially winemakers, this cozy spot is a draw in  the morning for its donuts, eggs Benedict and spicy bacon Bloody Marys. Lunch leans toward flatbreads and heartier options.

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    Domaine Carneros

    A French-style chateau perched on a hill surrounded by vines, this is a peaceful, pretty oasis. Enjoy sparkling wines served tableside and paired with caviar, charcuterie and select cheeses.

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Published on June 1, 2017
Topics: Carneros
About the Author
Virginie Boone
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage. She contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and Sonoma Magazine, and is a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond. Email: vboone@wineenthusiast.net


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