The origins of Carter Cellars began in the mid 1980’s when the historic Carter House Victorian was built. Soon after, the Hotel Carter was added along with Restaurant 301. Mark Carter began compiling what has become (since 1998) a Wine Spectator Grand Award winning wine list. Because of the great recognition of the restaurant and its wine list Mark was able to host winemaker dinners with the likes of Dan Duckhorn and Nils Venge, the superstar winemaker responsible for receiving the first “perfect score” on a domestic wine from Robert M. Parker Jr. Mark and Nils became fast friends at these dinners while sharing their all encompassing passion for great wines.
Carter Cellars first vintage was in 1998, and in 2000 Carter Cellars began a long and deeply rewarding relationship with the most iconic vineyard in the western hemisphere: the Beckstoffer portion of the original To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. Thus began the rise of the famed and highly rated Carter Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet, a wine that to this day continues to receive top scores from critics worldwide.
Carter Cellars’ winemaking begins with the simple idea of matching the best grapes from world-renowned vineyard sources with purist and non-interventionist winemaking. The winemaking consists of as little intervention as possible, limiting the addition of sulfur and minimal racking. The wines are allowed to mature and fully integrate with the sweet rounded tannins from the new French Oak, creating a product that is true to its varietal character and sense of place.