A Note About Lumos
The Lumos Wine Company was launched in 2000 by Dai Crisp, dashing grape grower and winemaker, and his groovy wife and business partner, PK McCoy. Dai was first introduced to viticulture in 1986 when he helped his parents plant a small, 10-acre vineyard on their farm in Wren, Oregon. PK was first introduced to Dai in 1991, when he served her a beer in a local tavern (no kidding). In 1990, Dai began professionally growing wine grapes at Croft Vineyards where he developed his own unique, that is to say, sustainable and earth and people-friendly style of grape growing. Since 1999, Dai has been managing Temperance Hill Vineyard, a 100-acre site in the Eola Hills, just west of Salem, Oregon. While always interested in the process of wine-making, it wasn’t until Dai had proven to himself and others that he could grow an outstanding wine that he finally made the leap with his own label.
With the help of his dauntless crew, Dai grows all of the fruit that goes into the Lumos wines. Some of the Pinot Noir comes from the same vineyard in Wren where Dai first planted grapes with his folks and where he now lives with his amazing wife, two kids, one goofy farm dog, one princess Corgy, two pygmy goats, one blue-crowned conure, two parakeets and one mother-in-law. We also purchase some of the Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer from Temperance Hill Vineyard. The Pinot Gris is grown just north of Corvallis at Logsdon Ridge Vineyard, dubbed “Rudolfo” by the crew in honor of the Rudolphs who own the vineyard.
All the grapes used in the Lumos wines are grown using organic-based fertilizers, certified organic fungicides and mechanical cultivation rather than herbicides. The grapes are grown to produce the greatest potential flavors and complexity. The Pinot Noir is cropped to less than two tons per acre and the Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris come in at two and a half tons per acre.
While most of the work directly related to growing, making and selling the wines is done by Dai and PK, there are many people whose contributions have helped immensely and made it all a most enjoyable endeavor.