Porthos | The Wine Insiders
Larkmead Vineyards
larkmead_logo.gif 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 for almost 60 years (acquired in 1948).

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

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!
Polly Solari

A Bay Area artist with a studio in Sausalito, Kate is well known for her pastel landscapes and figurative work. In 1995 she produced the official Napa Valley Wine Auction poster. Our website features several of Kate's pastel drawings of her family and Larkmead, including this image of her mother, Polly Solari.

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.