In 2006, while still living in Boise, Idaho, Lonnie and Judy began searching for a location to grow Pinot Noir in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. With the help of Lisa Neal from Coeur de Terre Vineyards, they purchased a fifty acre site five miles northwest of Salem in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. With a few acres of Pinot Noir already established by previous owners Suzy and Colin Gagne, an additional 16 acres were planted in the fall of 2007. One acre of the existing vines were retained in memory of Suzy. This became Julon Vineyard.
The Early Years
In 2008, the existing vines produced about 1.25 tons of fruit. Lonnie worked under the guidance of Scott and Lisa Neal making wine at Coeur de Terre and produced 30 cases of Julon Vineyard designated Pinot Noir. In 2009, the fruit from the Julon Vineyard was combined with fruit from Trisateum’s Ribbon Ridge vineyard, producing 150 cases of Pinot Noir and 125 cases of Pinot Gris. The use of purchased grapes, however, meant that Lonnie couldn’t make a vineyard designate that year. Instead he created two separate blends, the Donna Jean and the Judith Marie, named after his mother and wife (respectively). These wines have become a recurring feature in the Mouvance lineup.
Returning to Idaho
As the third leaf arrived for the vineyard in 2010, Lonnie and Judy leased a winery space in Carlton, Oregon. Over 16 tons of Pinot Noir grapes were harvested that year, producing 34 barrels of wine. The fruit was sorted and destemmed at Methven Vineyards and then fermented at the Carlton winery. Fruit was also purchased to produce 125 cases of Pinot Gris at Trisaetum Vineyards. While trying to slowly build the business, Lonnie and Judy continued to live and work in Boise, but spent over twenty weekends each year (including the entire harvest) in Oregon. Tired of the constant travel, they moved the winery to Boise in 2012 and opened their new location at 1414 Grove Street in Boise's Linen District in March 2013. They were soon joined by their son, Kyle, who signed on as assistant winemaker in 2014.