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Winemaking

Philosophy

Winemaking Philosophy

At Domaine Carneros, winemaking begins with impeccable fruit, most of it grown in our estate vineyards. Gentle handling and attention to detail at every step preserve the purity of each distinct variety and clone. Our sparkling wine cuvées are crafted from a wide array of clones – an exacting and time-consuming art, honed from decades of experience. Pinot Noir, known to winemakers as the "heartbreak grape", is an equally demanding proposition.
"Making great wine is about passion," says Founding Winemaker Eileen Crane. "There is no formula. You have to be attuned to the rhythm of the grapes, the pulse of the wine." Under Eileen's leadership, careful attention is paid to the delicate nature of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes we grow on our estate. Grapes are always hand-picked and gently pressed. Wines are produced in our state-of-the-art facilities in limited quantities, ensuring the highest level of craftsmanship possible.