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Carneros winegrapes are the hardest working grapes in wine country. In addition to being cooler, the Carneros region is much drier than other appellations in Sonoma and Napa Valley and the soil and climate conditions dictate that grapes grown here will struggle to produce fruit. The distinct terroir combined with a long growing season - which increases hang time - results in a low yield of highly concentrated fruit. Carneros' natural temperment tests the best winegrape grower's skills, but we are rewarded with grapes that are highly sought after by world class wineries.

The majority of winegrapes grown in Carneros are pinot noir and chardonnay. The Carneros Wine Alliance has done extensive field testing and have proven that Carneros chardonnay and pinot noir are distinct and unique from those grown anywhere else.