Our mission at Gård is to capture and bottle the unique characteristics of the land we farm.
We humbly craft value-driven, award-winning wines from our sustainable estate vineyards to create lasting memories for our customers.
Founded in 2006, Gård Vintners is dedicated to crafting world-class wines from its sustainably farmed estate vineyards based in Washington's Royal Slope AVA. We produce 8,500 cases a year with four tasting rooms in Washington: Woodinville, Walla Walla, Ellensburg and Royal City.
The winery was founded by Josh and Lisa Lawrence, along with Josh's dad John Lawrence and uncle Sandy Lawrence, whose family has farmed the Royal Slope for more than 55 years. The winery and estate vineyard is now solely owned and operated by Josh and Lisa, who oversees sales and marketing, while Josh oversees the vineyard and other farm and orchard operations.
Gård, meaning "farm,” is a tribute to our family's Scandinavian heritage and farming tradition.
THE GARD TEAM
JOSH & LISA LAWRENCE
Gård Vintners was created in 2006 from the vision of managing partner, Josh Lawrence, to reflect the quality of their estate vineyard in the glass.
Josh grew up in Royal City, a small agricultural town located 30 miles south of Moses Lake and 45 miles east of Ellensburg in the Columbia Valley. He went to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma where he majored in business administration and met his future bride, Lisa Lawrence, who majored in communications and grew up in Olympia.
Josh returned to Royal City after college to farm for a few years, then moved to Redmond, Wash., where he married Lisa. At the time, Lisa was working in the tech field in marketing and public relations, while Josh was working in sales and later started a wine importing business.
The couple moved to Royal City in 2001, and not long after Josh and Lisa started Lawrence Vineyards in partnership with Josh's dad, John Lawrence, and uncle, Sandy Lawrence, who had been farming the Royal Slope for more than 40 years at time. Together, they launched Gård Vintners in 2006, which is now solely owned and operated by Josh and Lisa.
Josh and Lisa raise two daughters and a son on the farm in Royal City. Josh oversees operations at Gård Vintners, as well as their estate Lawrence Vineyards and other farm operations, including apple orchards, cherry orchards, and a variety of other crops, such as wheat, hay and dried beans. Lisa oversees sales and marketing operations for Gård Vintners. Email Lisa at email@example.com.
WINEMAKER & VITICULTURIST
A Chilean with Greek roots, Matías was a Marine officer and Naval Engineer in Chile for more than seven years when he realized that it was time to change the course of his career: In 2005, he started studying Agricultural Engineering at the University of Chile, where he graduated with distinction and a major in Viticulture and Enology. He worked in Chile for a few years and in 2011 he decided to start traveling the world on a quest to learn new wine-making techniques. After several harvests in Oceania, Europe and Africa, he settled down in France, to do his post degrees at the Universities of Bordeaux and Montpellier. He also performed for two years as a Maître de Chai for one of the oldest and most reputable wineries in Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie.
After years of traveling and over 15 harvests, he came to the United States and joined Gård Vintners/Lawrence Vineyards as a Production Winemaker and Viticulturist, and is currently head winemaker for Gård Vintners, Desert Wind Winery, Valo Cellars, and his own label, Massalto. In his spare time he likes to jump out of planes and is a Judo Black Belt.
Riley became a member of the Gård team as a tasting room specialist in 2015 and has grown with the company into his current roles. He is a native of Los Angeles who relocated to Washington for college and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Central Washington University. He loves talking about our wines and sharing stories with people from all over. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, supporting his favorite soccer teams, and playing board games with friends.
Isidro Mondragon has been with the Lawrence operation since 2000. He oversees the family’s orchard and vineyard growing operations. Originally from Michoacan, Mexico, Isidro and his wife have raised four sons in the Columbia Basin of Washington. He worked in Fresno, California, when he was younger in orchards and vineyards gaining valuable experience.
The popular red blend "Don Isidro" was honorably named after Isidro; when his employees address him, they refer to him as "the Don", which in the Spanish-speaking culture is a sign of high respect. The Don Isidro red blend has been in production since 2006, and remains our best-selling red wine, garnering multiple accolades over the years.
MARKETING PROGRAM MANAGER
Though she only recently joined the Gård Vintners team, Jen has been along for the ride with Gård since the very beginning. Lisa and Jen were first co-workers and then friends before the first grapes were planted. Jen and her husband have been club members, fans, and supporters all along the way. Born and raised in Washington, Jen earned her B.A. in Business, with an emphasis in Management of Information Systems, at Washington State University. She started her career coding, but found herself moving in a more creative direction into areas such as website development, content creation and editing, visual design, product/program management, and marketing. She’s passionate about wine, travel, family, and friends. She welcomes your questions and comments; you can email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TASTING ROOM MANAGER, ELLENSBURG
Karen joined the Gård team in 2013 as a tasting room specialist, and was promoted to tasting room manager for the company's Ellensburg location in 2017. She moved to Ellensburg in 1997 and earned her bachelor's degree from Central Washington University in law and justice. While there, she met and married her husband Jeremy, a local water well driller. Karen keeps busy with her two active daughters, and her favorite thing to do when not at work is to spend time traveling with her family.
WINE CLUB MANAGER & ASSISTANT MANAGER, ELLENSBURG
Christina rejoined the Gård team in 2017 to manage Woodinville tasting room, and now works remotely as a Brand Manager for the company. Her first stint with the winery was in 2011 as an intern at the Ellensburg tasting room while she completed her two bachelor's degrees at Central Washington University in Tourism Management and Global Wine Studies. After completing college, she managed the Gård tasting room in Woodinville, and later took a hiatus from the company to pursue her dreams of being in the fitness industry. Christina is now a certified yoga instructor and teaches classes in the Chelan area and beyond. When not working, she is usually teaching yoga, doing Crossfit, or spending time with her two puppies and her husband, Nick.
TASTING ROOM MANAGER, WALLA WALLA
Linda joined the Gård team in June of 2018, serving as a tasting room associate and later assumed the role of manager there. Prior to that she was a career public educator. First a teacher, then a principal, Linda retired as an Assistant Superintendent. She earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees at Eastern Washington and a Doctorate in Leadership at Washington State University. In addition to managing the Walla Walla Tasting Room, Linda enjoys gardening, walking, reading, making hand-stamped cards, doing yoga, and learning to cook healthy foods. Linda and her husband Bill reside in Walla Walla.