Lujon Wine Cellars was conceived in 2005 by father and son team Lewis and John Derthick. Following his enlistment in the Navy, John was attending college while also dabbling in winemaking when he heard that you could also go to school for winemaking. Soon enough, John moved to California to study viticulture and enology at the University of California Davis. After graduation he worked in several Napa & Sonoma wineries but eventually wanted to get back to the Pacific Northwest.
After two decades of winemaking in California, Washington and Oregon, John was approached by his Dad Lewis to consider making wine for the family. While also working for another producer, John figured he could easily produce 100 cases to test this idea without many repercussion, and the label Lujon was born, a combination of father and son’s names.
John Derthick, Winemaker
Lujon was started with 100 cases of 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 150 cases each of the Cabernet and Syrah. Once again they received excellent 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 to keep the portfolio fresh and the pallete evolving.