To the cult winery fans of Napa Valley and the world, Larkmead Vineyards needs no introduction for its prestige. With over 100 acres of premium valley floor, the Solari family has been making amazing wines since 1895, and their wine has been a hot sought-out allocation.
We were fortunate to find a time in our schedule to visit the winery for an abridged tour due to our time restrictions. Upon arriving, Colin (the general manager) greeted us and led us outside in the back patio to give us a brief tour of the grounds.
We started out with a giant map of all of the Larkmead Vineyards, in which Colin explained to us each vineyard in detail and why they were selected. It was clear from the explanation that careful planning and selection of the location were what really helped Larkmead produce some world-class wines.
We went on to the vineyard where Colin explained to us the meticulous agriculture that went behind the world-class grapes. In the vineyard, there was an amazing contrast of young vines and new vines literally side by side. We are excited to see what those vines will produce in the next five years!
Following a brief tour of the grounds, we were showed to our table outside along the patio. Blankets were brought out because it was getting later in the evening and the weather was getting chilly (talk about hospitality). Colin gave us some pamphlets about our upcoming flight and we were off on our tasting.