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Los Carneros

AVA area (also known as Carneros for short) in the North Coast region of California. It stretches across the border in the two counties of Napa and Sonoma. The name Carneros is derived from the Spanish word for "ram" and refers to the former use of this region as grazing land for sheep by Mexican farmers. Near the town of Sonoma, the Californian winegrowing pioneer Agoston Haraszthy (1812-1869), who immigrated from Hungary, founded the historic Buena Vista Winery. The vineyards cover around 3,500 hectares of vines in a gently rolling landscape with cooling sea breezes from the nearby Pacific. The dominant two grape varieties are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which are used to make acidic still wines. The cool climate is excellent for the production of sparkling wines. The wines are also marketed under the umbrella AVA Napa Valley. Well-known producers with vineyards in this area are Beaulieu Vineyard, Charles Krug Winery, Codorníu, Domaine Carneros, Mondavi and Mumm (Mumm Napa).

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