Early picks, fruit sourced from certified sustainable and/or organic vineyards, high natural acidity, low sulfites, and extremely low-intervention winemaking: that is the Lumen philosophy.
We believe that the most balanced (and thus memorable) wines are made from fruit that is picked relatively early on the harvest calendar, the end result being a wine that is livelier on the palate, deeper in complexity, lower in alcohol, and more worthy of cellaring.
We also believe that our fruit should only come from certified sustainable and/or organic vineyards, and farm all of our own vineyards organically. Furthermore, Lumen is a member of 1% For The Planet – donating 1% of all sales to environmental causes.
Lane has always had a reputation for being the first to call a pick in the vineyard. Even during the 1990’s and 2000’s, at a time when most of her peers were chasing Parker scores and pushing harvest times ever later, Lane held fast to her winemaking philosophy – scores be damned. Her wines were always more old-world in style, and built for aging gracefully. Ironically, her winemaking style has now come back into vogue.
Lane Tanner was the first independent female winemaker in Santa Barbara County, and the first to dedicate her entire winery to Pinot Noir. Her knowledge of the Santa Maria Valley dates back to her first vintage in 1981, as oenologist for Firestone, a job that the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff recommended her for. She later made wine for Zaca Mesa and the Hitching Post, and finally under her own label from 1989 – 2009. Her wines are notable for being low in alcohol and sulfites, a practice that she continues to this day.
Will Henry entered the wine business shortly after college in 1989 and worked at Leeuwin Estate Winery in Western Australia. He then entered wine sales and worked for The Henry Wine Group, his family’s wine distribution company, on and off for the following 20 years. In the meantime he became a widely-published journalist and photographer, and also founded the non-profit organization Save The Waves Coalition. His knowledge of sales and marketing is the perfect complement to Lane’s winemaking skills.
Will and Lane produce the wines together in Santa Maria, CA. Will also owns, along with his wife Kali, Pico Restaurant in Los Alamos, CA, a winner of The Wine Enthusiast’s ‘Top 100 Wine Restaurants’ award for two years running.
The Lumen Vineyard Chef's Experience
Immerse yourself in the best of Central Coast food and wine, with a private tour of Lumen’s Vineyards, followed by a four-course meal at Pico Restaurant.
Your afternoon will begin with a ride aboard the Dirt Shepherd to The Warner Henry Vineyard, where winegrower/owner Will Henry will tell you all about the region and what makes Lumen unique. You will then visit the Wild King Vineyard on your way back to Los Alamos.
Following the tour, you will be treated to a four-course ‘Chef’s Experience’ at Pico Restaurant by Chef Cameron Ingle, paired with Lumen Wines.
Experience available for parties of six or more.
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