CONNER LEE

OWNED & MANAGED IN PARTNERSHIP BY LAWRENCE VINEYARDS &

TOM MERKLE

Conner Lee is one of the most highly regarded and recognized vineyards in Washington state. The vineyard was established in 1980 under the careful instruction of renown viticulturist Dr. Walter Clore, and purchased by Josh Lawrence and Tom Merkle in 2019.

The vineyard is known for its fine sandy loam soils and relatively cool, long, even ripening season that produces wines of superior texture, balance and complexity.  It is widely regarded as one of the top Chardonnay sites in the Pacific Northwest, and Bordeaux varietal bottlings from the vineyard have been amongst Washington’s highest scoring wines.  Over 60 wineries have produced outstanding wines from the vineyard over the years, and the current client list includes such highly regarded producers as Abeja, Bookwalter, Buty, Gorman and Long Shadows. 

Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay

Chenin Blanc

Malbec
Merlot

Muscadelle

Pinot Noir

Sauvignon Blanc

Semillon

Syrah

Viognier

Conner Lee is sustainably farmed on the upper east end of the Wahluke Slope on sandy glacial marine sediments left by the Missoula floods of the Pleistocene era.

ABOUT THE NAME

First planted by Dick and Louise Owings of Othello, WA, in 1980 under the careful instruction of Washington State University’s renown viticulturist and researcher, Dr. Walter Clore. The vineyard was christened Conner Lee shortly thereafter when Rhoady Lee, Bill Conner, and Jack Sullivan joined as partners.

SOIL TYPE

Loamy fine sand to very fine sandy loam

ELEVATION

1085-1164 ft

ROW SPACING

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