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 started Lawrence Vineyards in partnership with his dad, John Lawrence, and uncle, Sandy Lawrence, who had been farming the Royal Slope for more than 40 years. Together, they launched Gård Vintners in 2006.
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.