The Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards winery came into existence when two old friends decided they wanted to get into the winery business in the right way. Long-time Central Coast grower Louis Lucas and retired Judge Royce Lewellen were both members of the Santa Maria Wine and Food Society as well as the local Rotary Club and had known each other for more than 20 years when they decided to make the move in 1996. They started by investing in Louis Lucas’ Lucas Brothers Vineyards and purchased a number of top vineyard sites through which they became major suppliers for numerous wineries throughout the state. When grape sales softened in the late 1990’s, a decision was made to enter the vintner side of the industry. The first Lucas and Lewellen wines were made in a number of friends’ facilities, but the principals knew that to control their destiny, a new winery was a necessity. The winery, built in nearby Buellton, was completed in 2002 and encompasses more than 20,000 square feet. The equipment there is state-of-the-art and allows for Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards’ penchant for producing an unusual number of varietals (22) under its three winery labels. Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards’ first release was a smallish 400 cases that was overseen by noted winemaker Jed Steele, a level that has expanded to around the 35,000 case level today. Lucas and Lewellen also operate a pair of tasting rooms in the Danish-inspired tourist village of Solvang - one for their Lucas and Lewellen wines, and the other for the line of Italian varietals under the Mandolina label.
Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards - Central Coast
Gold Series Plus! selection - 91 Points, Double Gold - 593 cases produced
- Lucas & Lewellen2008 Pinot Noir
- Santa Ynez Valley
- Santa Barbara County
- 91 - Affairs of the Vineid: 951