The historic Larkmead Estate is comprised of 145 acres, of which 113 are planted to seven different grape varieties, ranging in age from new plantings to over 120 years old. Due to the dramatic variation in soil types, the vineyard is divided into three distinct areas in order to maximize fruit and subsequent wine quality while diversifying flavor profiles for blending purposes. The true character of Larkmead and its unique wines are a direct result of the topography, climate, and the exceptional geology of the soils.
With the majority of the Estate planted to Cabernet, the vineyard maintains a diverse variety of clonal selections including: 4, 7, 8, 15, 34, 169, 191, 337, Jenkins, Olmo, Philips and Jackson.
Other Grape Varieties
The second largest dedicated grape variety based on acreage is Merlot with 22 acres planted to clones 1, 8, 181, 314 and Red Barn. The remaining "noble" Bordeaux varieties make up the remaining red grapes planted on the site - Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
Since 2005 Larkmead has embarked on producing world-class white wines. We have 10 acres of Sauvignon Blanc planted and less than two acres of 120+ year old Tocai Friulano.
Our primary focus in our farming practices is to utilize a "systems" approach, meaning that we treat the vineyard as just one component of the surrounding ecosystem. This level of management dictates that each block is a separate "farm", resulting in different needs as well as an intimacy with the block. It is this intimacy and attention to detail that allows us to understand cause and effect at the smallest level, ensuring we make informed decisions. Due to the fact that the vineyards are bordered by two waterways, promoting biodiversity in the riparian corridors as well as the vineyards is paramount. We have long-term projects focusing on cover crop diversity as well beneficial hedge rows, with a focus on native plants. Larkmead is 100% Estate fruit; it is therefore imperative that we treat the land as a polyculture system with all factors interrelated and focus on long term soil health. We are always seeking environmentally sound, long term solutions that promote the natural expression of our vineyards, resulting in wine that is unique in its purity, texture, and complexity.