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Etude Wines

Carneros AVA Winery in Napa Valley, California

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Etude Wines entrance in Carneros, Napa CAIn 1982, consulting winemaker Tony Soter founded Etude with the aim of creating high-quality wines. Foremost among his beliefs was that winemaking begins in the vineyard, long before the grapes are harvested, and he acted on those beliefs at Etude.
While most Carneros appellation soil is clay, the soils of Etude have a volcanic origin (common in wineries along the Silverado Trail). Extensive soil analysis led to planting clones in small blocks—sometimes very small blocks—based on soil types. Today Etude is owned by an Australian company, Foster’s Group, whose Napa portfolio also includes Beringer, St. Clement, and Stags’ Leap.
Etude Wines tasting roomThe modern, wood-floored, and high-ceilinged tasting room is bright and beautiful, with a backlit bar display that transforms wine bottles into works of art. On a sunny day you might prefer to sit outside on the patio surrounded by flowers and greenery.
And if you ever wondered what became of RMS Distillery, now you know.

Fascinating Fact:

In French the word “etude” means “study.” The implication is that Etude is dedicated to studying and mastering the winemaker's craft.
Amenities: Wine Club (complimentary tastings), Gardens
Founded: 1982
Signature Wines: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
Wine Tasting: Basic, no appointment needed. Reserve Tasting, by appointment.
Hours: Open Daily, 10-4:30
Etude Wines
1250 Cuttings Wharf Road
Napa, CA 94559

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Suzie Rodriguez writes about travel, food, and wine from her home in the wine-country town of Sonoma, California. You can follow her travels and musings at The Culinary Gadabout.

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