"I established the first clonal selection trial with Cabernet Sauvignon in a new vineyard of Elmer Salmina on Larkmead Lane in Napa County. This planting was on St. George rootstock. The source of the selected vines was the old Kunde block in Sonoma, which furnished the award-winning wines by a jury of tasters and were highly acclaimed at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 in San Francisco."
~ Dr. Harold Olmo, Professor Emeritus,
Department of Viticulture & Enology, University of California, Davis, 1994
Dr. Harold Olmo, Professor of Viticulture at University of California, Davis, established a research station at Larkmead and developed grape variety clones that became the foundation for many great Napa Valley vineyards.
In 1944, Felix Salmina of Larkmead was one of the seven founding vintners of the Napa Valley Vintners Association. The others were Fernande de Latour of Beaulieu Vineyard, Charles Forni of the Napa Valley Co-op, Robert Mondavi of CK Mondavi and Sons, John Daniel, Jr. of Inglenook, Louis M. Martini, and Louis Stralla. Today membership is nearly 500 wineries, representing a tradition of dedicated vintners and grape growers.