The winery is located in the historic Frenchtown School just west of Walla Walla, Washington. The image of the schoolhouse is the cornerstone of the L’Ecole brand and has been the centerpiece of our wine labels since the winery’s inception in 1983. The original Frenchtown School was a log cabin built in 1870 along the shore of the Walla Walla River. It was rebuilt in 1915 in at our present location.
Frenchtown derived its name from the many French Canadians who settled in the Walla Walla Valley during the early 1800s. Legend has it these men of French descent raised grapes and produced wine. By the 1860s nurseries, vineyards and winemaking had become a part of the valley’s growing economy. The name – L’Ecole N° 41, French for “the school” located in school district 41 – was chosen to salute these pioneer viticulture efforts.
This image reflects the strengths of the winery today. L'Ecole is an authentic, hand-crafted artisan Washington brand, built on experience and innovation, and known for reliable, consistent quality wines. We have adopted this historical rendition of the Schoolhouse for the labels across our entire wine portfolio.
Watch the video about our label change