Laird Family Estate
In 1998, the winery at Laird Family Estate was built in Oak Knoll. But Ken Laird had been growing vines for years already. He is a third generation farmer from Virginia. After Laird bought his initial 70 acre property in Calistoga, he needed help planting grapes.
Robert Mondavi agreed to look at the property and give Laird some tips on what varietals he thought the land would support. The two men began a business relationship with Mondavi financing some of the vines and Laird agreeing to plant Cabernet Sauvignon and Gamay.
This was just the beginning of the eventual 2,500 acres the Laird Family would own. In 1983, Ken moved to Carneros and began planting vines in that region as well. He sold grapes to many of the state’s best known vintners of the day. Laird’s son Justin, and daughter Rebecca are currently in charge of many of the winery’s operations.