Purchased in 1998 from the daughter of the local blacksmith – hence the name – the initial vineyard was primarily based on a gravel outcrop, assembled over the generations with land appropriated in lieu of unpaid bills.
Since the acquisition additional vineyards have been purchased on both sandy and clay over limestone soils hugging the town of Saint Emilion. The six-hectare vineyard of the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru uniquely draws together the three terroirs of the Saint Emilion Appellation. Around ninety percent of the vineyard is composed of old-vine Merlot with the rest being Cabernet Franc.
Green harvesting ensures that cropping is low. The grapes are harvested by hand and, after double-triage, are vinified in modern oak vats. The wine is subject to consistent lees suspension during ageing to enhance the body of the wine.
The result is Château Laforge – a substantial wine with a rich purple colour, elegant, and memorable.
|In 1978, Henry immigrated to the United States with his family from the Ukraine. Living during Soviet regime, he understood early on the value of hard work. He found his first job in the states at the age of twelve, delivering newspapers at night and going to school during the day. Henry graduated from Washington High School in San Francisco and continued his education in UC Santa Cruz in Computer Engineering. During his second year, he met Olga, who had only recently immigrated to the United States from Israel. She later graduated with a degree in Multimedia Communication and Graphic Arts. Two years after the birth of their first son, Michael, Henry co-founded a High Tech company in Silicon Valley. Olga then gave birth to twins, Felix and Kevin. While raising her three boys, she maintained her work in publishing. And while the dream of a winery was put on hold, it was never too far from their hearts. In 2007, Terra Del Cuore was purchased and Patland Estate Vineyards was established. In 2010, the first PEV wines were released.
Today, Henry and Olga, together with their three sons, the support of their families, and the exceptional talent of Jay Buoncristiani, have taken Patland Estate Vineyards to a great start, and continue to reach new heights.
The Family invites you to come and visit the beautiful Napa Valley, pour a glass of Patland Estate Vineyards wine, and enjoy the Tuscan landscaping of the Terra Del Cuore Estate.