No 41 has been producing premium handcrafted varietal wines since 1983 in the
historic Frenchtown School in Lowden, Washington. L'Ecole No 41 is a family-owned
business. Having been founded by Jean and Baker Ferguson, the winery is now owned
and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. Martin
has been the general manager and winemaker since 1989.
The old schoolhouse, built in 1915, is located in Southeastern Washington just
west of Walla Walla in what historically was called Frenchtown (it was the home
of French-Canadians employed in the 1820s by the Hudson Bay Company's post, Fort
Nez Perce). Legend has it, these men of French descent were raising grapes and
producing wine in the local area. By the 1860's, nurseries, vineyards and winemaking
were a part of the regions' growing economy. Appropriately, the name L'Ecole ("the
school" in French) No 41, was chosen to salute pioneer viticulture in the Walla
The winery is currently producing about 15,000 cases annually. Our Semillon, Chardonnay,
Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon are all barrel aged, creating quite a demand for
barrel storage. Today, we have over 1,000 French and American oak barrels.
The old schoolhouse cellar is now used exclusively for barrel aging our premium
Walla Walla blends and second year aged red wines. In addition, our production
facility behind the schoolhouse, is the home of our stainless steel wine tanks
and first year barrel storage.
Located on the main floor of the schoolhouse, the tasting room and library have
been restored, preserving a schoolroom character with original chalkboards, light
fixtures, fir floors and moldings. Tucked away among the barrels in the cellar
is a Christmas pageant mural as well as a child size water fountain in the hallway.
L'Ecole No 41/ Lowden Schoolhouse Corporation / P.O. Box 111 / Lowden, Washington
99360 / 509-525-0940