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.