5 Places to Visit in Carneros

Photo by Trinette Reed

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