Steve & Lori Johnson
Owners of Lester Estate Wines
Considered by many winemakers and enthusiasts to be one of the great vineyards in the region, Deer Park Ranch started with the dream of the late Dan Lester, a real estate
born and raised in Watsonville, to have a ranch. In 1988, he and his wife Patricia found this 200-acre parcel on Pleasant Valley Road in Corralitos and named it Deer Park
Ranch. In 1998 Dan implement his vision of having a vineyard. He put in the 14-acre Lester Family Vineyard in two blocks which flank the entrance to the ranch. The lower block, a
dying orchard, was planted in 1998 and the upper block planted in 2001, was an abandoned Christmas tree farm.
The varietals currently grown are Chardonnay, Syrah and 7 clones of Pinot noir. Over time, the clonal mix has changed, and will continue to evolve as the site matures. Since 2001,
the Lester’s have been selling the premium fruit to local wineries and accomplished winemakers who over the years have won various awards and accolades with the Lester fruit.
After Dan’s death in 2014, Patty, along with the help of her daughter Lori and Lori’s husband Steve Johnson, decided the time had come to make their own estate wine from the
vineyard to showcase the unique character of the vineyards, thus Lester Estate Wines was formed. They carefully selected winemakers to hand-craft wines that express the distinct
qualities of terroir and vines found growing in Lester Family Vineyards at Deer Park Ranch. They now have a stable of wine made by these winemakers to share with you.