We’re driven by the philosophy that great wine is made in the vineyard.
Doug Lewis, Co-Owner & Winemaker
A Texas native from Elgin, Doug began working with Pedernales Cellars in the 2009 vintage while finishing a business degree at St. Edwards University. During harvest in 2010, Doug began a small side project with some of the extra fruit from 2010's abundant harvest. During that time, Doug and Duncan founded Lewis Wines, started planting vines with a couple growers across the state, began sourcing fruit for the 2011 vintage, and starting looking for an ideal property to build a winery and later plant vines.
Duncan McNabb, Co-owner & Winemaker
Duncan grew up all over the US in a military family, and is an avid soccer player and moved to Texas in 2008. Duncan met Doug in 2008 playing soccer, then got his start working at Pedernales Cellars during harvest in 2010. Duncan and Doug were roommates while Duncan was finishing up college at Texas State University, and in 2010 decided to help found Lewis Wines. Duncan's degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry provided him with an excellent foundation to learn wine making.
Adrienne Ballou, Winemaker Growing up in Austin, Adrienne fell in love with wine after her first harvest in Walla Walla Washington. She 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. She eventually decided to return to her true passion and headed to Australia for another grape harvest. Upon returning to Texas, Adrienne immediately began work with Lewis Wines.
Jana Walker, Wine Club Manager
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.
Jared Hunsaker, Tasting Room, Vineyard & Cellar Team Originally from Corpus Christi, TX, Jared worked at Louie's Bar and Grill in San Marcos while getting his Economics degree from Texas State University. He joined the crew in April, 2016, and immediately brought his skills to the table. Jared is quick on his feet, easily adapts to new roles, and has the ability to make anyone laugh! His good-natured attitude brings life to every facet of his work at Lewis Wines.
Jorge Ruelas "Just call me George", 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.
Kyle Gholson-Ruelas, Tasting Room, 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 (level 3, Advanced). Bringing her wine knowledge and willingness to learn, she became a permanent crew member following her 2013 harvest internship.
*Kyle and Jorge got married in May, 2016!