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Napa and Sonoma Travel Guide

Carneros District

The proximity of the compact Los Carneros AVA to San Francisco—it's less than an hour's drive away—makes it a favorite of in-the-know day-trippers and lovers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This viticultural region, also known as the Carneros District or just the Carneros, stretches across the cool lower reaches of Sonoma and Napa counties. Carneros means "ram" in Spanish,

and the slopes now covered with vines were once thought to be suitable only as sheep-grazing pasture.

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