Founded by the Taittinger family of Champagne Taittinger, Domaine Carneros is the quintessential California expression of French Champagne. Claude Taittinger's search for a worthy U.S. counterpart began in the late 1970s, and in 1987 he selected a 138-acre parcel in the heart of Carneros, Napa Valley.
With its cool breezes and consistent yet mild northern California heat, Claude found Carneros to be the perfect micro-climate for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, and producing world-class California sparkling wine. He wisely selected Eileen Crane to oversee the planning and development of the winery and vineyards, and to this day she remains Domaine Carneros CEO/Founding Winemaker.
The heart of Domaine Carneros has always been sparkling wines, with distinctive styles including our classic Vintage Brut cuvée and luxury Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs. But while much of our estate-grown Pinot Noir was sold to top California producers in the early years, we eventually came to understand our opportunity to create exceptional still wine. In 1992 we added rich, complex Pinot Noir to the Domaine Carneros portfolio of wines. Today, our Pinot Noir winemaking is led by TJ Evans.