180 acres of perfection
In 1973, one year after purchasing 150 acres in the then-undiscovered Stags Leap District, John Goelet and Bernard Portet acquired 180 acres of the finest hillside land in the Carneros District. Pioneers again, Goelet and Portet recognized the region’s potential for growing world-class Burgundian varietals ten years before the area would be made an official American Viticultural Area (AVA). Located just north of San Pablo Bay, the district straddles the entrance to both Napa and Sonoma Valleys. The cooling breeze off San Pablo Bay, just three miles to the southwest, allows for a long, even growing season that encourages the grapes to reach their full maturity, while the rocky, clay loam reduces the yield per vine, producing highly concentrated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit of intense varietal character.