Mark Carter has been making his own wine under the label Carter Cellars since 1998, the first year Restaurant 301 was honored with the Wine Spectator Grand Award. Carter Cellars Wine and Restaurant 301 have since been proud recipients of this award for the last ten years. This prestigious honor is only bestowed upon 77 other restaurants in the world. We have over 3500 wines on our list, which receives the Grand Award for not only its depth, but also for its quality. Carter Cellars’ Cabernet Sauvignon and merlot has been noticed by Wine and Spirit magazine, Wine Spectator magazine, Wine Enthusiast, and Robert Parker receiving scores as high as 96 points from these industry leaders.
A well-known critic once described these Carter Cellars Wine as “swoon inducing”. While we’re not sure exactly where this quality originates – perhaps in the earth and sun of our low yield vineyards, or in the touch of our masterful winemakers – whatever it is that gives Carter Cellars wine the ability to stir the passions and overwhelm the senses is simply wonderful. Carter Cellars wine is now made at our beautiful winery Envy Wines in Napa Valley (Calistoga) California, a joint venture between wine legend Nils Venge and Mark Carter, opened in 2006.
Envy Wines in Calistoga, California is a gorgeous estate winery in the beautiful northern end of Napa Valley. Together, Carter and Venge have produced exceptional wines from the Estate where there are eleven acres planted of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The brand also produces vineyard designate Petite Sirahs from the Nord and Vaca Mountain aviations and a sautern style Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc. Envy Wines has a lovely tasting room with gorgeous views of the Palisade Mountains to the east from the patio. We encourage all hotel guests to stop in at the winery for a visit! Just mention that you are a Carter House Guest and receive a complementary tasting (and if Mark is on site, usually a tour and some “extra” pours). Calistoga is situated three and a half hours away by car — along some of Northern California’s most spectacular highway 101.