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The Story

Eileen Crane - Founding Winemaker and President - draped in a pale purple shawl, while leaning on a tree in the gardens of Domaine Carneros

Domaine Carneros was established in 1987, a joint venture between Champagne Taittinger and Kobrand Corporation – one of the foremost players in the U.S wine industry. This impressive venture was a fulfilment of Claude Taittinger’s dream after he visited the Carneros region and realised its potential to produce world class sparkling and still Pinot Noir wines.

Domaine Carneros was established in 1987,
a joint venture between Champagne Taittinger
and Kobrand Corporation

All the wines from Domaine Carneros are made from 100% Carneros fruit. When founding Domaine Carneros, the intent was to focus specifically on sparkling wines. However, the Pinot Noir fruit produced on the Domaine Carneros estate vineyards was of such high quality that a still wine was produced. 1992 saw the inaugural vintage of the highly acclaimed Famous Gate Pinot Noir. The winery also houses an excellent visitor centre where guests can enjoy flights of wines in luxurious surroundings.

Winery viewed from beneath a cherry blossom tree. Image credit Avis Mandel Pictures
Winery viewed from beneath a cherry blossom tree. Image credit Avis Mandel Pictures