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L'Ecole No. 41, the third winery to open in Walla Walla Valley in Washington State, was founded in 1983 by Jean and Baker Ferguson. Today it is owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. The estate fruit is grown at the acclaimed Seven Hills Vineyard which is co-owned with Leonetti Cellar and Pepper Bridge Winery. Established relationships with highly regarded Columbia Valley vineyards such as Klipsun, Bacchus, Dionysus, Milbrandt, Portteus, Fair Acre Farms, Wahluke Slope Vineyards and Willard Farms provide the rest of the fruit. Many of these vineyards were planted in the 1970's or early 1980's. The Semillon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are all barrel aged. A recently built concrete tilt barrel storage facility can accommodate as many as 2,000 oak barrels. All Walla Walla Valley vineyards are certified sustainable and certified Salmon Safe. Wine & Spirits named L'Ecole No. 41 Winery of the Year in its 2010 Annual Buying Guide. L'Ecole has received this honor eight consecutive times, placing them in Wine & Spirits Hall of Fame. [+]