Lujon Wine Cellars
Lujon Wine Cellars was conceived in 2005 by father and son team, Lewis and John Derthick. After his enlistment in the Navy, John while attending college was dabbling in winemaking. Upon learning that you could actually go to college for winemaking, John moved to California to study viticulture and enology at University California Davis. After working in the wine industry for 2 decades at various locations in Oregon, California, and Washington John was approached by Lewis about making some wine for the family. Though he was currently working for another producer, he figured they could do a 100 cases, no harm, no foul.
Lujon was started with 100 cases of some exceptional fruit out of the Walla Walla Valley. Their first vintage, a 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, ended up receiving 89 point in the Wine Enthusiast. The following year they decided to try a 100 cases of Walla Walla Valley Syrah. Again they received 89 points. In 2007, Lujon expanded and produced 100 cases each of the Cabernet and Syrah. Once again we received good reviews with the Syrah getting a 91 from Wine Spectator
Over the years Lujon has continued to grow and bring on new varietals, in 2015 they produced approximately 3500 cases and expect to double that in the next 4 years. They currently producing 9 different wines and are always looking for more varieties in the future.