Monja Hudson-Desmeules came to Oregon in 2006 where she discovered the vast availability of land with high-end wine grape growing potential. Prior to her travelling to Oregon, she started at age 22 with acquiring winemaking and viticulture experience in the French side of Switzerland, where she grew up. Her interest in winemaking came mainly from scouting through wineries in Burgundy and barrel tasting with her parents as a child, and also from practicing blind tastings every Sunday with her family. Monja eventually graduated with a Enology and Viticulture Engineering degree from the University of Applied Sciences of Changins, Switzerland; curriculum which brought her to study and experience winemaking and vineyard practices around Europe: Piacenza in Italy, Priorato in Spain and Bordeaux in France, to mention a few.
Christopher Hudson grew up in Eastern Oregon. The cowboy country man has always been fascinated by wine, and decided to diverge from his studies in Chemical Engineering to winemaking. He did graduate from OSU in fermentation sciences in 2006. He, then started on his winemaking internship, that happened to be at King Estate winery, where Monja had a 6 months contract. They worked together and soon realized their mutual real passion for high-end, straight forward and truthful wines.
It took them many years to find the land of their dreams, where they eventually started the plantation of some acreage of Pinot Noir and Gamay. The vineyard is called Atterrage, it is located south of Elkton Oregon; with south facing rolling hills overlooking the main Umpqua River.
In between now and then, Christopher and Monja have made wine in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, then Christopher worked as a winemaker at Left Coast Cellars, and then back to King Estate where he worked as a winemaker for 5 years. Along with sharing the management of Atterrage vineyard with Monja, Christopher is currently a winemaker at Melrose Cellars in Roseburg Oregon, and Monja is focusing on the management of Lexème.
Monja and Christopher are striving to produce wines of exception, and are looking forward to welcome you at their Elkton tasting room and have you taste their wines made with passion.
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