Get the Dirt about J. Ludlow Vineyard

20 Mar

JludlowpeepsJ Ludlow Vineyard is set in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, CA. The owners, Allan and Jane Jones, developed an interest in wine at Westerly Stud Farms, a magnificent ranch in Happy Canyon with a history as rich and flavorful as J Ludlow’s wines. Built in 1966 by Fletcher Jones, a Renaissance man with interests ranging from horses to computers to art, Westerly Stud Ranch is in the heart of Southern California wine country. If you visit the newly opened J Ludlow tasting room, you’ll notice the photos on the wall from this ranch. As the owners begin their quest to grow exceptional, estate grapes on Westerly Stud, Allan and Jane continue to personally source the highest quality grapes from Santa Ynez Valley and Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, producing delightful and memorable wines.

1. What was your first vintage year? – 2008

2. How many cases do you make per vintage? – 1500

3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes. It is located at 2890 Grand Avenue inLos Olivos and open from 11:00am to 5:00pm daily. No appointment necessary.

4. If not you, who is your winemaker? Alan Phillips.

5. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? Something I did wrong in a previous life that I don’t yet know about.

6. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? Cabernet Sauvignon.

7. What varietals do you work with? Which varietal/wine is your favorite to make? Why? Bordeaux varietals, because they are so good yet so underrated in the Santa Ynez Valley.

jludlowjane8. What type of oak treatment do you use? Why? French oak always, to stay as true as possible to the Bordeaux style.

9. What do you love about your winemaking region? What makes it different special? The endless variety of wines, wineries and vineyards.

10. What’s the story behind your name/label? J is for the Jones family who founded the business. Ludlow was the street Allan Jones was raised on.

11. What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about the wine business before you started your own winery? Your working week never ends!

12. What do you love about small-lot winemaking? Being so hands on and involved in every step of every process.

13. Do you still have a day job? If so, do you mind sharing what it is? As if we would have time for that!

For more information about J. Ludlow Vineyards, please visit their website or follow them on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

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