In our final episode of Carneros, we’ll look at Carneros and Napa, focusing on their relationship over time.
But first, we’ll start with a quick review. A mix of good fortune and prescience created Carneros, a unique region lying on the north coast of San Pablo Bay that straddles the borders of Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. The good fortune was that the Phylloxera epidemic of the late 1800s, which killed all other grapes, didn’t destroy those on one small but important farm, Stanly Ranch. The prescience was that Louis Martini and other forward thinking entrepreneurs snapped up most of Stanly Ranch’s vineyards and began developing the modern Carneros wine industry in earnest.
It would seem that the early vintners took a risky chance on this cool, foggy area. But in 1983, their efforts more than paid off when the region received formal recognition as a unique American Viticultural Area (AVA). [Read more…]