Lucas&Lewellen Winery

The Lucas&Lewellen label is a line of premium wines grown in the Lucas&Lewellen vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Louis Lucas is a key figure in Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County viticulture as one of the area's first commercial wine grape growers. Coming from a grape growing family in the Bakersfield area, he came to Santa Barbara County in 1970 when he formed Tepusquet Vineyards with his brother George and partner Alfred Gagnon. Through a passionate pursuit of knowledge he broke many long accepted rues of viticulture and defined many new ones for the Central Coast. Royce Lewellen, a retired judge joined forces in 1996 and Lucas & Lewellen have been making wines together since. Their wines sourced from their 30+ year-old vines wines have been winning awards for a long time, most notably the 2006 Santa Barbara County Commercial Wine Competition where this wine earned a double gold medal. Their vineyards are located in Santa Maria, Los Alamos and Santa Ynez Valleys.

Total Lucas & Lewellen acreage in Santa Barbara County exceeds 400 acres. The fruit from the Lucas & Lewellen vineyards is highly sought-after by many winemakers.

The 67-acre Goodchild Vineyard lies along both sides of the acclaimed Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. The vineyard soils vary from clay and gravel river deposits to hillside and hilltop sites. These vineyards have been producing high quality and prize-winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from vines planted 25 years ago. The cool climate of he Santa Maria Valley allows those two varieties to excel.

The Los Alamos Valley Vineyard is over a mile long, and runs along Highway 101 south of Los Alamos. Cooler than the Santa Ynez valley but cooler than the Santa Maria Valley, the intermediate climate of this area and thick layers of clay and loam soils resemble those of Pomerol (Bordeaux)  This vineyard is planted with Rhône, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Italian varieties including Malvasia Bianca, Moscato, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese. Some of the vines, originating from cuttings brought over from Europe, are over 25 years old. This is a cool climate vineyard with deep loamy soils and late ripening characteristics. Their Italian varietals, including the excellent Pinot Grigio come from there as well. The fruit from this vineyard is highly sought-after by many winemakers.  

The lower elevation of the south-facing Valley View Vineyard is known for producing excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. The hilltop portion of the vineyard produces excellent Cabernet Franc and Syrah. In addition, small amounts of Malbec as well as 1 and 1/2 acres of thigh density Petit Verdot are grown in Valley View Vineyard. Because of the success of this variety in this vineyard, 2 additional acres have been planted. The Petit Verdot at Valley View receives maximal sun exposure and ends up being more physiologically ripe and softer than expected.

Since November 2007, Megan McGrath has been serving as the chief winemaker for Lucas&Lewellen winery.  She replaces Daniel Gehrs who had been the Lead Winemaker for Lucas & Lewellen over the past decade. A Los Olivos native, Megan joined Lucas & Lewellen as Assistant Winemaker in February, 2007. She is A Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo graduate with a degree in Soil Science and holds a Certificate in Winemaking from U.C. Davis. She spent the previous four years in Sonoma County, most recently as winemaker for Cahill Winery in Sebastopol. There, she gained extensive experience with Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah.

Louis Lucas, co-owner and wine grower, said: "It's time for us to have a dedicated winemaker who will focus all their energy on our operation". He wants a full-time winemaker on-site to develop a number of programs at the winery. Lucas focuses on soil conditions and chemistry, adding nutrients and minerals. With her background in Soil Science, McGrath should be a good fit and Louis' emphasis on soil health should resonate well with her. Look for McGrath's wines starting with the 2007 vintage.

Beginning in January 2007, Drew Horton has been serving as the Cellar Master at Lucas&Lewellen. His experience in the wine business is extensive and most recently includes the position of Assistant Winemaker at Brander Vineyards and then Cellar Master at Gainey Vineyard.

Timothy Thompson was appointed Winery Operations Manager in February 2007. For the past four years, Mr. Thompson was the Production Manager at Firestone Vineyards. After leaving the aerospace industry, Mr. Thompson has also worked at Meridian Vineyards and Bridlewood Winery. His responsibilities include: facilities, warehousing, bottling and procurement.

2005 Lucas & Lewellen Viognier, Santa Barbara Country

June 08, 2009

This Viognier is a light gold color with a tincture of green and excellent clarity. Aromatically, it offers light aromas...

2005 Lucas & Lewellen Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara County

June 08, 2009

Brilliant, lightly straw colored, this wine shimmers in the glass. The nose opens with rich aromas of honey and white flowers...

2004 Lucas & Lewellen Petit Verdot, Santa Barbara County

April 22, 2009

This wine is dark purple-garnet in color. The nose displays medium intensity coffee, light caramel aromas highlighted by notes of dark cherries...

2004 Lucas & Lewellen Brut Sparkling Wine, Santa Barbara County

April 22, 2009

This brut sparkling wine is deeper golden colored with a fine perlage and foam. On the nose, it offers light citrus and notes of creamy yeast and mineral...

2003 Lucas & Lewellen Merlot, Santa Barbara County

March 26, 2009

This is a deep, smoky garnet colored wine with a purple edge. The nose shows dominant spice and coffee with plum and dark cherry laced with...

2003 Lucas & Lewellen Cabernet Sauvignon, Cote Del Sol, Santa Barbara County

March 26, 2009

A dark inky red color. The nose is rich with notes of mocha/espresso and hard spice (nutmeg) over black currant and cherry with a peppery note...

2002 Lucas & Lewellen Cabernet Sauvignon, Valley View Vineyard, Santa Barbara County

January 01, 2009

Dark, inky red color with a plum edge. A multilayered nose of plum, cassis, cherry with notable spice (clove, nutmeg and hint of bay leaf) and subtle floral notes of violet and rose...

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