Goldeneye is located in the heart of Anderson Valley in the northernmost grape growing area of the state. In 1990, after nearly fifteen years of making top flight Bordeaux style wines, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn felt ready to indulge their growing passion for Pinot Noir. Their vision for Goldeneye was simple: to craft a distinctively California Pinot Noir of equal stature to their acclaimed Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot. Over the next six years, the Duckhorns experimented with fruit from the Russian River, Sonoma, Carneros and Anderson Valley appellations. They were aware that Pinot Noir has the remarkable ability to reflect its terroir, more than many varietals. This awareness led them to narrow their exploration to Mendocino's Anderson Valley. With cool ocean fog, clay soil, and long, mild days, the Anderson Valley appellation had all the ingredients for producing world-class Pinot Noir. In 1996, the first 80-acre estate vineyard was selected, and the winery was officially christened.
The winery has grown to include four estate vineyards, planted to 149 vine acres. These vineyards are planted with 23 different clonal varieties and enjoy the benefits of varying microclimates. With yields as low as two tons per acre, Goldeneye cultivates extracted, elegant fruit. The goal is to fashion a wine that expresses the depth and character of the Anderson Valley.