Laurent took his first steps in the vineyard in Medoc owned by his great grandfather, Joseph Montalieu. He grew up on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and returned to his family's homeland of Bordeaux for summer vacations and high school. It was through his family's deep commitment to the land that he learned to respect the vines and the wines they produced.
His interest in viticulture led him to the Institute of Oenology of Bordeaux, where he immersed himself in studies of vineyard management and winemaking.
After graduating in 1987 he worked for Chateau La Tour Blanche near Sauternes, and Domaine Mumm in California's Napa Valley before moving to Oregon. After seven successful vintages at Bridgeview Vineyards in Cave Junction, Laurent joined WillaKenzie Estate in 1995 as partner and winemaker.
Laurent gained the respect of industry leaders and professionals with his passion for the highest quality standards in the vineyard coupled with a philosophy of minimal intervention in the production of handcrafted wines.
In 2003 he left WillaKenzie to focus on Soléna Estate with his wife Danielle.
Today, Laurent handcrafts the Soléna Estate wines while also serving as winemaker and co-founder of the Northwest Wine Company, a state-of-the-art winemaking facility in nearby Dundee. There he produces Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from the Domaine Danielle Laurent vineyard as well as other prime sites throughout the Willamette Valley. Expanding on his passion for winemaking, he also produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Syrah under the Soléna Estate label.