A family-owned business, L'Ecole Nº 41 was founded by Jean and Baker Ferguson. Today, the winery is owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb.
Built in 1915, the schoolhouse is located in historic Frenchtown, a small community just west of Walla Walla, Washington. Frenchtown derived its name from the many French-Canadians who settled the valley during the early 1800s. Legend has it, these men of French descent were raising grapes and producing wine. By the 1860s, nurseries, vineyards and winemaking had become a part of the regions' growing economy. The name - L'Ecole Nº 41 French for "the school" located in district number 41 - was chosen to salute these pioneer viticulture efforts.
The winery is currently producing about 30,000 cases annually. Semillon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are all barrel aged, creating a significant demand for barrel storage. In the fall of 2003, L'Ecole completed the construction of a new concrete tilt barrel storage facility that accommodates its current inventory of over 2,000 French and American oak barrels. In the spring of 2004, 1.3 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon were planted next to the winery.
Since inception, L'Ecole Nº 41 has received numerous accolades, garnering attention both nationally and internationally. Most impressively, the winery has been honoured for fourteen consecutive years by Wine & Spirits Magazine as Winery of the Year (2002-2015), and was inducted into the publication's prestigious Hall of Fame—only the second Washington winery to achieve this milestone.