A new perspective to this rare plot of land


John & Martina Rempel

For over twenty years, John and Martina have traveled the world in pursuit of their love of wine: from early travels to Napa Valley to later tasting the Chiantis and Brunellos of Italy and relishing in the wine-growing regions of France. It was always their dream, one day, to own a vineyard.

In 2005, their dream began transforming into reality as chance meetings with industry leaders eventually lead to the purchase of 47 acres in SeVein, the newest vineyard region in the Walla Walla Valley. As Canadians and professionals in the investment and land development industries, the couple brought a new perspective and approach to this rare plot of land and proceeded to guide its formation with an eye to catering to the varied and specific needs of premium winemakers. With a nod of thanks to the Roman God of wine and a celebration of John turning 40, the Rempels coined their dream come true, XL Vineyards.

As owners of XL Vineyard, John and Martina focus on the business of the vineyard, which for them is deeply rooted in the sustainability and respect of the land, along with the dependability and continuity of the resulting products. John and Martina work intimately with the team to pursue their shared mission of offering winemakers the quality of grapes they need to craft the world-class wines that Walla Walla is becoming famous for.

Damon Lalonde - Viticulturist

Damon is a Washington State native, born in Seattle and raised in the Tri Cities. His passion for wine started early after visiting a relative in Napa, California. In the late 1990s, Damon worked for a nursery growing stock for timber company poplar plantations, which lead to him to get a degree in Irrigation Technology at Walla Walla Community College and make the move into the wine industry.

His first grape harvest was in 1999 with Barnard Griffin where he spent several years before moving to Ste Michelle Wine Estates. In 2007, after 6 years with Ste Michelle as a viticulturist, Damon left to manage Vinagium’s two vineyards on Red Mountain: Red Heaven and Scooteney Flats. During this time he also worked for Corliss Estates and planted the Charles Smith’s Powerline Vineyard in 2012. He is also a partner in the French Creek Vineyard in the Yakima Valley.

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