How it all began

La Plante family tree – Our story begins in the Chatellerault, between Tours and Poitiers, in the Chateaux de la Loire area of France.  Our people were peasants growing grapes in the fertile soil within the shadow of a large chateau. The surname La Plante has had many variations in spelling. It derives from French and French-Canadian and was a name given to those who lived by a nursery or plantation or who came from places in Loire and Vienne. Originally these people were called Plante and then over time became La Plante. In researching our family tree, I came across a chateau that takes its name from this ancient heritage. Chateau de La Plante is now operated as a hotel and is situated on land that was once cultivated by my ancestors. Current owners, Patrick and Francoise Dandurand explained that blight destroyed the region’s vineyards in the mid-19th Century and grapes have not been cultivated on those lands ever since. http://www.chateaudelaplante.fr/

 

Our direct link to the Americas began in Quebec, Canada and our name transforms from the old French Plant to La Plante prior to 1783 with my ancestor, Nicholas LaPlante who was known to be a guide to hunters and trappers in Canada. His family finally settled in the Saint Genevieve area in Missouri which is where my father’s family still resides. One branch of the La Plante family tree created a family crest which is part of the inspiration for our logo. We wanted to capture the essence of a time when, out of necessity, drinks were hand-crafted and natural. Although the La Plante family was originally deeply rooted in France and Canada, we are now proudly “deeply rooted in New Mexico”.

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