California Legislature Honors Larkmead Vineyards for 125th Anniversary and Numerous Achievements in the Napa Valley
Calistoga, Calif. January 14th, 2021 – Larkmead Vineyards is honored to announce that they have been awarded a Resolution from the California Legislature. Authored by the Honorable Bill Dodd of the 3rd Senatorial District and Cecila M. Aguiar Curry of the 4th Assembly District, the Resolution acknowledges Larkmead Vineyards for its 125th anniversary, celebrated in 2020, and history of achievements and contributions to the Napa Valley.
The Resolution commends Larkmead Vineyards for its many accomplishments, including, but not limited to: serving as “a haven for famous artists, poets, and writers” while under the stewardship of Lillie Hitchcock Coit, working with one of the twentieth century’s most influential viticulturalists, Dr. Harold Olmo, and establishing itself as a world-class estate under the current stewardship of Cam Baker and Kate Solari Baker. In addition, the Resolution acknowledges Larkmead Vineyards’ continued commitment to the Napa Valley Agricultural Preserve, the Napa Valley Community Foundation, and the University of California, Davis, as well as its devotion to the Napa Valley winemaking community as a whole. Overall, the Resolution states that Larkmead Vineyards should be “commended for the invaluable contributions it has made to the advancement of viticulture in Napa Valley and the State of California along with its contributions to improving the quality of life in the region and State.”
The entire team at Larkmead Vineyards is extremely humbled and honored to receive this award. Proprietor Cam Baker remarked, “We are very proud to have received this Resolution. We have been stewards of this historic estate for generations and hope that our contributions will continue to help the Napa Valley and viticultural community, at large, flourish and grow. We could not have achieved this level of recognition without the help of our outstanding team and supporters near and far. We will be proudly displaying the Resolution in our tasting room for years to come.” In addition to being displayed at the winery, the Resolution will forever be stored in the California State Archives.
For a full copy of the Resolution, please head to Larkmead’s website at https://larkmead.
About Larkmead – https://www.larkmead.com/
The historic Larkmead estate is one of the oldest family-owned establishments in Napa Valley. Originally founded in 1895, Larkmead is now under the stewardship of proprietors Cam Baker and Kate Solari Baker. Kate’s parents, Larry and Polly Solari, purchased Larkmead in 1948. Kate spent her childhood in the valley, exploring a bygone Napa dominated by prune and walnut orchards, hayfields, cattle ranches, and acres of empty fields. Her parents were aware of Larkmead’s storied past and sought to honor its legacy, a philosophy they passed down to Kate and her husband. The Bakers have been the dynamic force behind Larkmead’s transformation from a historic vineyard into a world-renowned wine estate. During the first 10 years of their ownership, they directed a complete replanting of the property, tailoring the selection of varieties, clones, and rootstock to suit the special characteristics of each individual block. In 2005, they built the first phase of a state-of-the-art winery on the property so that each vineyard block could have its own dedicated vinification tank. Designed by architect Howard Backen, an old family friend, the farmhouse and production facility are both classic and comfortable, providing a place for peaceful reflection away from a busy and demanding world. These days, Cam and Kate’s children and grandchildren are often found at the estate, continuing the family tradition at Larkmead into its fourth generation.