A young Frenchman, Henri LeBeau, came to the Black Hills of South Dakota hoping to stake his clam to a fortune in gold, A master goldsmith by trade, he was ill-prepared for the rigorous physical work of prospecting. His search for gold met with little success. Tired and discouraged, he fell into a deep sleep, dreaming of the beautiful vineyards of his homeland. He awakened refreshed. With renewed spirit, he was determined to make his fortune, not with pick and shovel, but by applying the skills of his trade.
Inspired by the visions of his dream, he cast grape leaves and clusters of the three colors and created Black Hills Gold.