Lynn Larson and La Luke
How many people do you know who took their horse to college with them?
This simple fact explains the love affair that Lynn has had all her life with horses, and which provided the bridge from growing up in the midwest to growing grapes in California’s Sonoma Valley.
Lynn has been surrounded by horses all her life. From growing up in Santa Rosa, California through college at University of Missouri, where she graduated with a degree in Agricultural Chemistry, to her current life, owning Double T Ranch located in the heart of Carneros.
Lynn moved to Northern California to undertake clinical lab research in the early 1970s. In 1976 Lynn purchased what was a 10-acre field used for running cattle and began the work of transforming the land into a working horse farm. Concurrently, Lynn began to notice that the surrounding fields were slowly being transformed into vineyards. This transformation occurred after a neighboring test vineyard study showed that the area was ideal for growing world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; the staples for creating fine sparkling wines.
Lynn surrounded herself with people who could teach her all she needed to know about growing high quality grapes. By the early 90s, Lynn had learned all she needed, and converted 6 acres of the horse farm into a Chardonnay vineyard and began growing and selling the grapes to several local wineries on a contract basis.
All the while, Lynn grew the horse ranch and continued to show her horses – including La Luke who became a World Champion. In 2011, Lynn took the decision to begin her own wine label under the Double T Ranch brand. What better way to honor the two passions in life than to name her inaugural Chardonnay wine ‘La Luke’.
Her vision for Double T Ranch is to produce Ultra Premium wines that honor the horses that have been such an integral part of her journey.
Lu Luke showed great promise as a young hunter jumper in Texas under the training of David Connors and Bill Ellis. Lynn and La Luke competed in Hunter Jumper shows in New York and Florida. He consequently won many awards culminating as the World Champion.
After 9/11 when travel became difficult, Lynn and La Luke moved back to California where he continued his award winning competitions.
Double T Ranch Vineyard inaugural wine honors La Luke — a World Champion