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Vineyards

Vineyards

When our founders came to the Napa Valley from France and found the best vineyard land, they saw the unique climate and soil, and considered many grape varieties. Yet after much experimentation, they reconfirmed the superiority of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier, the traditional varietals of French Champagne.

After 30 years of cultivation we are experts in each sparkling varietal, and fortunate to grow them in three of California’s finest appellations: Yountville, Carneros and Mount Veeder. Today we farm 1,000 acres in these appellations and are leaders in sustainable farming. We feel privileged to grow the finest fruit while preserving our environment for future generations.

The Vineyards

Yountville

Here a slightly warmer climate produces riper Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit, which contributes to the richer more robust style of our reserve wines.

Carneros

Napa's cool and breezy district is one of California's finest areas for growing Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which are integral to sparkling wine.

Mount Veeder

The steep well-drained slopes of this portion of the Mayacamas Range produce small, intensely flavored Chardonnay grapes, which are also essential for making bubbly.

The Grapes

Pinot Noir

The main varietal in Chandon California's sparkling wines, Pinot Noir adds structure, body, and nuances of red fruit, such as cherry and strawberry, to each of the blends.

Chardonnay

This grape variety brings a crisp delicacy to Chandon sparkling wine blends, adding flavors of apple, pear, and peach.

Pinot Meunier

This close relative of Pinot Noir is the most widely grown grape in the French Champagne region. Its flavors are similar to those of Pinot Noir, although slightly earthier, and almost nutty.