Le Vin Family Wine Business has
been in existence since 1983, originally founded
by Bernard Levin—now going back 4 generations of winemaking. Bernard
was a friend of Stephen
Zellerbach, whom he knew from the Actor’s Workshop at
the Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco and from the
San Francisco War Memorial Opera House where Bernard worked. Bernard and Ellen Levin were friends of Charmian London
in the 1940's and visited her at the Jack London's Beauty Ranch on
Bernard and his son Eric Levin began making award
winning wines at Zellerbach Winery in 1983. In 1985 Le Vin
Cellars received its first Gold Medal for its Cabernet Sauvignon
at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. In 1987 Le Vin Cellars
wines were distributed in Japan. In 1993 the Levin’s
and the Harman’s purchased this 164 acre ranch in the
scenic Yorkville Highlands Appellation of Mendocino County,
that is today Le Vin Estate Winery & Vineyards. They
planted 5 acres of Merlot, 5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon,
3 acres of Cabernet Franc, 3 acres of Syrah, 250 olive trees
and 125 redwood trees.
In 1999 Le Vin Vineyards released its first Cabernet Sauvignon
and Merlot harvested from their beautiful 16 acres of vineyards.
The Le Vin highland
mountain vineyards rise up 1550 to 1900 feet above sea
level, closer to the sun and above the fog, which results
in the full and delicious wines that have made the Le Vin
wines so loved and sought after.
Eric's son, Jesse, now helps with the winemaking, and so the family tradition continues.The girl holding the grapes in her hand on the Le Vin
label was illustrated by Stephen Haines Hall, the well
known wine poster and label artist. She symbolizes the
romance of wine, olive oil, delicious healthy foods, and
living the good life in harmony with nature.
Levin and Holly Harman are the owners of Le Vin Winery & Vineyards. The
magic of excellent wines attracted them to manifest their
vision of being
able to share such excellence with others. Their tasting room is open by appointment only for private wine tastings.
Bernard Levin is a
singer/songwriter, He is a Land & Vineyard Real Estate
Specialist for Century 21 Healdsburg, Winemaker and Director of Marketing and Sales
for Le Vin Winery & Vineyards.
Rae Harman designs
wine labels for clients all over the world. You can visit
her website at
http://www.WineLabelDesign.com. She also creates all the
graphics, advertising and marketing for Le Vin Winery.
Yorkville Highlands Appellation is fast becoming recognized
for incredible Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels, Syrahs and Bordeaux
Vin Winery & Vineyards received a 92 point rating in
Wine Enthusiast for their Cabernet Sauvignon and also
a 91 point rating in Wine Enthusiast for their Merlot.
Eric Bernard Levin and
Holly Rae Harman