History

Larkmead Vineyards

1964: Cam Baker, Kate Solari Baker, Larry & Polly Solari. Biltmore Hotel, Santa Barbara.

We are delighted to share the story of our historic family property and Estate grown wines with you. Our vineyards date back to the late 1800s, and have been owned by the Solari family since 1948.

This section highlights the Solaris and some of the remarkable individuals who have been involved with Larkmead over the last century.

Kate and Cam Baker

Kate Solari Baker and Cam Baker

Growing up at Larkmead, Kate remembers a very different Napa Valley. There were many orchards of prunes and walnuts, cattle ranches and acres of empty fields. The towns were very small, catering to the local farmers and ranchers. Main Street St Helena was so quiet in the evenings that she and her friends could play kick the can with no risk from traffic!

A Bay Area artist with a studio in Sausalito, Kate is well known for her pastel landscapes and figurative work. In 1995 and 2010 she produced the Napa Vintner's Wine Auction posters. Our website features several of Kate's pastel drawings of her family and Larkmead.

Manager of Larkmead operations and wine program, Cam worked for many years with his father-in-law, the late Larry Solari, whom he well remembers as a giant of the California and US wine industry. Cam has a passion for the land, and his goal is to enhance Larkmead's status as one of the finest vineyards in the Napa Valley.

Kate and Cam have 3 children and 2 grandchildren, often found spending time at Larkmead.


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