About Us 

 

Our Winery

Lewis Wines is a boutique producer of hand-crafted Texas wines, located near Johnson City in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. We specialize in Mediterranean and Iberian Peninsula varieties, and work with quality-focused growers across the state farming wine grapes that thrive in the wide-ranging Texas landscape. In Spring of 2014 we began planting our estate, adding more acreage each season.

We utilize low impact methods of sustainable farming, and practice minimal manipulation in the cellar.  We are committed to making wines that showcase a unique expression of Texas terroir.

Our Team

Our team, led by winemakers Doug Lewis and Duncan McNabb, is a small crew working alongside our growers to produce world class wines using 100% Texas grapes.

(left to right- Doug Lewis, Duncan McNabb, Jorge Ruelas)

(left to right- Doug Lewis, Duncan McNabb, Jorge Ruelas)

Doug Lewis, Co-Owner & Winemaker
A Texas native with roots in Elgin, Doug began working with Pedernales Cellars in the 2009 vintage working his way up from harvest intern to a part time cellar position, filling in as a tour guide and in the vineyard as needed.  In 2010 he started his label with a 650 case production from the loft in Pedernales’ cellar and by 2012 operations were moved to the current location where the vision continues to grow. 

Duncan McNabb, Co-owner & Winemaker
Doug and Duncan met in 2008 playing soccer, then got his start helping Doug at Pedernales in 2009 and 2010. Duncan continued on as the Lewis Wines project started in 2010, with his background in chemistry proving to be valuable as the production grew.  After graduating from Texas State in San Marcos, he moved to the winery to work full-time.

Adrienne Ballou, Winemaker

Adrienne Ballou grew up in Austin, Texas and eventually left her pursuit of a chemistry degree at the University of Texas to do her first harvest in Walla Walla, Washington. After falling in love with wine in Washington, Adrienne completed her B.S. in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis and headed to Burgundy to stage at Domaine Antonin Guyon under a fellowship from the Chevaliers du Tastevin. After France, Adrienne decided to jump into beer and ran the barrel and fruit re-fermentation program at Jester King Brewery for three years. After three years, she decided to return to her true passion and headed to Australia for another harvest. Upon returning to Texas, Adrienne immediately began work with Lewis Wines where she is currently positioned.    

Jorge Ruelas, Vineyard Manager, Cellar Team
Another Texas native, Jorge joined the Lewis team in late 2012 after meeting Doug and Duncan playing soccer together.  Jorge proved a fast learner and natural fit with the crew.  He quickly became a strong leader in both the cellar and vineyard and is an integral part of wide ranging day-to-day operations.

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We’re driven by a philosophy and a passion to create remarkable wines from 100% Texas fruit.  

Jana Walker, Wine Club Manager, Tasting Room
Jana started at Texas Hills Vineyard in Johnson City, where she managed the tasting room for 3 1/2 years.  She earned her International Wine and Spirits Guild Level 1, and is currently pursuing her Level 2 Executive certification.  Jana started working with us in March of 2016, just in time for our wine club season.

Kyle Gholson, Tasting Room Sales, Vineyard Team
On a visit to Texas wine country from her home in Mississippi, Kyle inquired about an internship while tasting at Lewis Wines. She got a jumpstart before the age of 21 when she traveled to France to become a French Wine Scholar and certified with the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. Bringing her wine knowledge and willingness to learn, she became a permanent crew member following her 2013 harvest internship. Kyle is currently studying for the CSW exam.

Jared Hunsaker, Tasting Room, Vineyard & Cellar Team