The Carneros Appellation lies in the southern portion of both Napa and Sonoma Counties. Because of its unique set of growing conditions, this area was granted its own Appellation status in 1983.
Due to the maritime influence of San Pablo Bay, the climate in the Carneros produces cool breezes and early morning fog that help to extend the growing season, making this a Region 1, the coolest possible climatic conditions for viticulture. The soil here is shallow and dense, and rainfall is a mere twenty inches, the lowest in the area. All of these factors help to produce fruit that is intensely flavored and provides excellent sugar to acid balance.
Carneros Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have received worldwide recognition. Quality wine grapes are the key to producing quality wines. Fruit for the Solitude brand comes from the Sangiacomo family, which has been farming in the Carneros since 1927.
Solitude Chardonnay is barrel fermented in French oak, utilizing Burgundian yeast strains. Malo-lactic fermentation, yeast contact, and stirring occur during the seven months of oak aging. Traditional Burgundian techniques combined with California cellar practices produces the ultra premium Chardonnay that is consistently marked with high quality and value.