Louis Lucas: Originally from the Central Valley of California, Louis Lucas is one of California's premier grape growers. His partnership in the 1970's in Tepusquet Vineyards marked his name in the history books as one of the first commercial grape growers in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. His vast knowledge and viticultural expertise span over four decades making him a sought after speaker, consultant, and advisor.
Royce Lewellen: Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Royce Lewellen graduated from the University of Missouri and U.C. Berkeley's Boalt School of Law. A retired Superior Court Judge, businessman and community leader in Santa Barbara County, the courthouse complex in Santa Maria, CA was officially named the The Lewellen Justice Center in his honor. "The Judge" embarked on his latest venture in 1996 with renowned wine grape grower Louis Lucas. With their long time love of wine, Royce and Louis have set out to produce the finest wines in Santa Barbara County.
Megan McGrath Gates: Megan was appointed winemaker for Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards in 2007. Having graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Soil Sciences, she earned her Certificate in Winemaking at U.C. Davis before working as an enologist for Flowers Vineyard & Winery on the Sonoma Coast, crafting Burgundy-style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. As winemaker for Cahill Winery in Sebastopol, she had the opportunity to work with Sonoma, Mendocino and Napa Valley grapes, specializing in small lot Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Bourdeaux varietals, and Syrah.
Michael Lewellen: Royce Lewellen’s son Mike Lewellen became a minority owner of the company in 1999 and joined the company full-time in 2009. As a Managing Partner, Mike works with all departments at the winery, Marketing & Sales, Finance, Tasting Room and, of course, the winery. Prior to Lucas and Lewellen, Mike worked for 16+ years at multi-channel clothing retailer The Territory Ahead. Working at different times as Marketing Director, Circulation Manager, and Inventory Planner, he gained valuable experience that he has applied toward the wine business. Raised in Solvang, CA, Mike has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado, a Professional Designation in Business Management from UCLA Extension, and has participated in multiple wine-related programs including the OIV Wine Marketing program at UC Davis.