David Lucas - Owner & Winemaker:
"My goal is to create wines which reflect their environment,
that represent the place they come from. I used to make what I call
"terrifying" wines, high alcohol, jammy, port like, and
un-age-able. While I was employed by a world- class winery for 16
years, responsible for the vineyards, research, and grape supply, I
had the opportunity to visit some of the world's great vineyards,
to stand in those vineyards, and to taste the grapes and wines they
produced. I discovered that the wines I was making were nothing at
all like those wonderful, balanced, and elegantly structured wines.
So, I started on a long journey. Years of research and
experimentation led to the completion of the new winery in 2000.
Our goal is to create wines that will develop with time in the
bottle, for that is where the Genie, the bouquet, lives."
Heather Pyle Lucas - Owner & Winemaker:
"After making wines for 16 years at the Robert Mondavi Winery
where I was responsible for their Cabernet Reserve and Opus wines,
I began to apply my vast experience to help start-up wineries in
Napa and throughout California. I found that my winemaking heart
and soul belongs to the farming of grapes. I personally spend more
time in the vineyard than I do in the winery. I am a traditionalist
and my own vineyard and winegrowing reflects this with organically
grown grapes. My mantra is to make seamless wines that are
distinctive and age-worthy. I love discovering a vineyard through
its wines and how to fine tune the vines and hence the wines they
produce. Best of all, however, is getting up in the middle of the
night in my pajamas and checking on how the fermentations are doing
Mitra Lucas Grant
Mitra grew up as the youngest of the three Lucas children and spent her childhood in the vineyard with her older brothers. While her career in education took her to New York City, she has never forgotten her farming roots and now spends her time between both coasts supporting the winery and the opening of public schools across the country.