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Walla Walla Valley Overview

Geographically, the Walla Walla Valley is the southeast corner of the Columbia Valley appellation, straddling the Washington/Oregon state line. About the same size as the Napa Valley, Walla Walla is buttressed against the beautiful Blue Mountains more

Cabernet Sauvignon - Walla Walla Valley Vineyard Sites

Our Cabernet Sauvignon - Walla Walla Valley reflects the diversity of terroir in the Walla Walla Valley from vineyards planted in four distinct soil types.

wind-blown loess – Estate Seven Hills & Loess Vineyardsice-age flood silts – Pepper Bridge & more

Frenchtown Schoolhouse 100th Birthday Events

In honor of the 100th birthday of our beloved Frenchtown Schoolhouse, we have a full slate of events scheduled for you throughout the year. Plan your next visit and join the celebration!


Schoolhouse 100th Birthday Dinners

Schoolhouse 100th Birthday Kick-Off & more


This year we celebrates the 100th birthday of our iconic Fenchtown schoolhouse illustrated on our label with the release of a new Columbia Valley red wine. 

Frenchtown, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, is the newest addition to L’Ecole’ more

Ferguson Named Best Bordeaux Blend in the World at Decanter World Wine Awards

DecanterWashington State Makes Mark With Top DWWA Trophy

Great Wines Northwest L’Ecole 2011 Ferguson Shocks World at Decanter Competition

The 2011 Ferguson is sold out. The 2012 Ferguson will be released April 2015.Videos:Decanter Award Ceremony Announcing Ferguson’s Winread more
Holiday Gift Sets

Holiday Gift Sets start at $75 - Delivered! 

Delight the wine lover on your list with the gift of L'Ecole!  Choose from one of our exclusive Holiday Gift Sets and a complimentary card with your message and Ground Shipping* are included.For more

L'Ecole Named a Wine & Spirits Top 100 Winery of the Year!

For Immediate Release                     Contact:  Debbie Frol, General Manager509.525.0940 or


Wine & Spirits Magazine Names L’Ecole N° 41

“Winery of the Year” for 13th Consecutive Year


WALLA WALLA, Wash. (September 22, 2014) –Wine & Spiritsmagazine announced L’ more

Ferguson and Seven Hills Vineyard


Fans of our Estate Merlot will recall it has historically been sourced entirely from our Estate Seven Hills Vineyard.  Beginning with the 2011 vintage, the Estate Merlot will also include fruit from our Estate Ferguson Vineyard.   Blending fruit from more

More About Our Estate Ferguson Vineyard

Our newest estate vineyard is Ferguson, named in honor of our founders Jean and Baker Ferguson. This 42 acre prime piece of ground was strategically selected with an appreciation for the property’s natural strengths. At an elevation of 1,350 more

Press Release: 2011 Estate Ferguson Wins Prestigious International Trophy at Global Wine Competition in London

For Immediate Release​​​Contact: Debbie Frol, General Manager ​​​​​​509.525.0940 or debbie@lecole.comL’Ecole N° 41’s Debut 2011 Estate Ferguson Wins Prestigious International Trophy at Global Wine Competition in London WALLA WALLA, Wash. (June 25, 2014)Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) presented the L’Ecole N° more

Seattle Wine Awards Results Are In!
  Great news from the Seattle Wine Awards!  Every wine we submitted for judging came home with a medal ~ including 3 Double Golds!

The Seattle Wine Awards is competition of 1,325 wines from Washington & Oregon.



Double Gold 2011 more

Food Pairing: Crab Cakes with Fuji Apple Salsa and Curry Aioli
Crab Cakes with Fuji Apple Salsa and Curry Aioli 

Wine Pairing: Semillon - Columbia ValleyThe engaging aromatics, beautiful mouthfeel, and vibrant natural acidity make our Semillon a beautiful accompaniment to this rich crab dish.

*Makes approx. (10) 2 ½ oz cakes more
Marty's Thoughts on Why Semillon Shines in Washington State

Semillon may be the most widely planted white varietal in the world, but there are just a handful of winegrowing regions with the perfect mix of conditions allowing it to shine.  When Semillon finds the right home; like in more

WA State Syrah Buzz

WA State Syrah BuzzSyrah from Washington State has a longtime fervent Northwest following and receives much praise from the national wine media.  What is it that local insiders and wine writers have discovered?  First and foremost, this classic Rhone more

Marty's thoughts on why WA State Merlot excels on the world wine stage

Merlot may be grown in many parts of the world, but there are only a handful of winegrowing regions with the perfect mix of growing conditions that allow Merlot to showcase the characteristics that make it one of the more

Decanter Awards Highest Honor to 2008 Estate Perigee

In it's February issue, Decanter magazine awarded 5 stars (highest honor) to our 2008 Estate Perigee - Seven Hills Vineyard - Walla Walla Valley.  Read the full article focusing on the quality and value of red wines from Washington more

Wine Spectator Top 100 Wine of the Year - 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - Walla Walla Valley

We are honored to announce the editors of Wine Spectator chose our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - Walla Walla Valley as #41 on their annual Top 100 Wines of 2011 list!


Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2011

We are honored to announce the editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine chose our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - Walla Walla Valley as #49 on their annual Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2011 List!

Read more here.

The Marc & L'Ecole Pairing Menu

Visit The Marc Restaurant located inside the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel in downtown Walla Walla and experience a wonderful four course menu perfectly paired with L'Ecole wines by Chef Antonio Campolio.  The pairing dinner is $60 and available throughout more

New label and branding press summary

This is a repository for all press regarding our new label and branding.

March 21, 2011Read the official Press Release.

March 21, 2011Walla Walla's L'Ecole Winery grows up with a new labelAnna King - NPR more

Walla Walla named "Friendliest Small Town" by Rand McNally/USA Today

Rand McNalley/USA Today Best of the Road - Best Small Towns in America

FriendliestWalla Walla, Wash.

Team that visited: Jason and Nikki Wynn ("Gone with the Wynns") of Dallas, who were the winning team

What made it stand out: This southeastern Washington more

Wine Spectator Awards 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 93 points!

This supple, round wine is polished in texture, around a pulsing core of wild plum, black tea and orange peel flavors, finishing wiht style and grace.  Drink now through 2010.  Harvey Steinman Wine Spectator

L'Ecole Graduates to a New Label

Walla Walla LifestylesCatie McIntyre Walker

A bottle of wine, in many ways, is like a scrapbook. Wine can tell a story — from the very beginning, with the label on the bottle, to a happy ending on the palate. A L’Ecole No 41 is one of those bottles of wine with a story.The old Frenchtown schoolhouse, built in 1915, with the stately bell tower, still stands. it has been a historic fixture in the Walla Walla valley that more

Wines & Vines Guest Editorial by Marty Clubb

Washington’s Strengths Are Diversity and ValueWashington State will never be a simple, single-varietal wine region- nor do we want it to be.

By Marty Clubb

WSJ Wine Columnist Lettie Teague Revisits Chenin Blanc

By Lettie TeagueCertain grapes have fallen out of favor in this country, and none more precipitously than Chenin Blanc.  Once one of the most prolific varieties (most often blended in jug wines ),  Chenin Blanc –  the noble grape more

Chenin Blanc Featured in Through the Walla Walla Grapevine Blog

To describe sipping on the 2010 L’Ecole Nº 41 Chenin Blanc, think thirst-quenching. Kind of like a "adult" lemonade with floral notes. The acids in this wine are vibrant along with flavors of orchard fruit such as crisp Granny more

Washington Wine Report Takes a Deep-Dive into Our New Brand Identity

"While L’Ecole’s label change had much to do with establishing a stronger national and international presence, it was also done to look toward family and toward the future. L’Ecole will be celebrating its thirtieth birthday in a year and more

Wine Press Northwest Highlights our New Look

"Since its first vintage in 1983, L'Ecole No. 41 in the Walla Walla Valley has featured a whimsical children's drawing. Today, owner-winemaker Marty Clubb unveils a new look that still highlights the Lowden winery's historic schoolhouse building but in more

"Cuvee Corner" Rocks Out with our 2009 Semillon

"This wine just screams "summer" is nearly here, stuffing my fat half-Irish nose down into the glass I could nearly hear Alice Cooper belting out, "schools out for summer" as a waft of ripe fruits [apples, honey and passion-fruit; with a more

Alumni family finds creative way to share fruits of their labor with Whitman College


In the family tradition of supporting Whitman and serving youth in the local community, all profits from the sale of "L’Érudite" will be donated to the Whitman Institute for Scholastic Enrichment (WISE) program. Now in its fifth year, more