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 I was currently working for another producer, I figured we could do a 100 cases, no harm, no foul.
We started with 100 cases of some exceptional fruit out of the Walla Walla Valley. Our first vintage, a 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, ended up receiving 89 point in the Wine Enthusiast. The following year we decided to try a 100 cases of Walla Walla Valley Syrah. Again we received 89 points. In 2007 we 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 we’ve continued to grow and bring on new varietals, in 2015 we produced approximately 3500 cases and expect to double that in the next 4 years. We are currently producing 6 different wines and will be adding a few more varieties in the future.