Open later on Friday and Saturday nights
Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards is a small, premium, estate winery located in beautiful Santa Barbara County, California. Co-Owner Louis Lucas (The Dirtman) has been growing wine grapes in the region for over 40 years, supplying superior quality fruit to wineries throughout California, and beyond. In 1996, Louis joined forces with longtime friend and retired judge, Royce Lewellen to produce their own distinctive wines.
Today, Lucas and Lewellen owns 400 acres of land planted to 25 unique varietals in three major micro-climates: Santa Maria Valley, Los Alamos Valley, and Santa Ynez Valley. Grapes are hand picked under the watchful eye of Louis Lucas and winemaker Megan McGrath Gates, who then nurtures the selected fruit into true wines of distinction. In addition to the flagship Lucas & Lewellen brand, wines are also bottled under the Toccata and Queen of Hearts labels. The Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room is located in the charming European inspired village of Solvang.
''Growing exceptional wine grapes requires a great deal of work. It is a true labor of caring ... it's finding a balance between the soil, the vine and the climate. All of these things must occur at the right time and are critical for vine maturity, resulting in real quality yields. It is this fine attention to detail that produces superb quality wines. - Louis Lucas
''There is a cadence I borrow from nature that sets the pace for me in the winery.'' - Megan McGrath Gates