Maison Ilan Storefront: Bugs, bits and 2014s !

Hello everyone. Just a bit of a pop in to ask for your patience while we fix some of the bugs on the new storefront. Please ignore repeated emails. We are getting everything dialed in.

Also, we will have the email out tomorrow. However, 2014s are live!

Of note, you will need to Register a new Account in order to gain access to the store. Without this, you are effectively without an allocation. This site provides a great deal in the way of efficiency, but it also works wonders with its built in database and security suites. In short, this ticks loads of boxes for where we are moving towards. This will not be the final storefront. It is just the first iteration, with much more to follow!

All the best,

Maison Ilan Team

Visit Our Online Store Here !

The Online Storefront is LIVE! Progress, refinements, and more

Good afternoon! It truly is an amazing day. While in the general pursuit of refinement and progress, Christian and I both decided to make a few changes at Maison Ilan. For sure, there are always a great many things to do to improve. Over the past months, we started working on developments to improve the customer experience at Maison Ilan.

It is very important for us to know where our wines are going, and whose table they arrive upon. To that end, we are expanding our direct to client business, and will be exclusively direct to client in the USA. Many of you know about the three tier system and what effect this has on wine prices in the U.S.A. This has presented multiple challenges when working with U.S. importers. Therefore we have reserved our right to follow through on furthering our direct to client model.

The way in which we previously offered and sold our wines was cumbersome at best, and truly never aligned with our original goals for going direct to client. Quite frankly, my personal viewpoint of too much technology-based structure being problematic was best left in the winery. We have also learned that with the growth in which we have experienced, almost from the very start, we also need to look further down the road. Fortunately, we have made sweeping changes that will address many of the growing pains.

Without further ado, the online storefront is now finally up and running! Through this site, clients will be able to view and purchase their allocations; research purchasing history (since the creation of the site); track orders (in barrel, bottling and ready to ship, etc); get the latest information on our winery; view videos on current tasting impressions and much more. Receipts and invoices are automatically generated from the online storefront as well.

To be clear, there will no doubt be bugs that we will need to work through while testing this site. However, we are positive that this improved technology will help us provide a better experience for everyone involved!

Now, this is important to mention:

In order to populate the mailing list into the store with updated information from everyone, we have sent automatic invitations to those on the mailing list. This is not an obligation, it is simply an invitation. With that said, the 2013 vintage is now currently available on the site, with the 2014’s to follow shortly. Allocation tiers have been partially worked out. The 2014 allocation tiers will be fully fleshed out later. The current allocations are there for each client on the mailing list, regardless of whether you have previously purchased your allocation or not. Current inventory will now be live as well. Please note that allocations are subject to change, dependent upon current inventory.

We appreciate your support of our small family winery and look forward to celebrating many more vintages to come!

Visit the site here for details: Maison Ilan Online Store

All the best,

Ray and Christian Walker

NEW PAGE!! Shipping News – for all of the latest on shipping as it happens


while we await our new website design, we are working on new ways to enhance the customer experience at Maison Ilan. There are many aspects of our model that will be changing, with a focus on efficiency. At the moment, we are in the middle of shipping out a good amount of wine, to several countries, from several vintages, to both client list members as well as importers. For those interested in knowing the latest on shipping news, please stay tuned to the Shipping News page! All shipping update requests will be directed to this page as it will have a global view of all of the latest information.

As mentioned on the page, if there is a change of address to register, please send an email to us directly with “SHIPPING” as your subject. Otherwise, all shipping information will be updated here as progress is made. It is important for us to provide news as it happens, and not before. We feel this will provide everyone with a clear and accurate view of what has shipped. Along with this, we will contact those that are to receive shipments to confirm shipping information.


Thank you for visiting!

Ray Walker

Happy to get the 13s labelled and ready to ship?


All of the different pieces of our logistics work have now come together in this one moment that I have been eagerly waiting for.  We learned quite a lot while figuring out shipping logistics and have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure we had everything ready to move forward, stronger than ever. That time is now. Pickup is starting this week for a (for us) huge collection of deliveries. If you are waiting for any wine from any vintage,  Updates will trigger as each piece is shipped from our winery.  We greatly appreciate your patience.  We thank you for understanding that this means that we will be exceptionally busy during this period and are focusing on much anticipated deliveries and changes to service  protocols.

It took a great amount of work to get to this point with small amount of lumps taken in the process but the tide has officially shifted and I couldn’t be more proud!

Thank you again to all of those that have supported us!

All the best!

Ray Walker

2014? What 2014?

Oh…that 2014. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Suffice to say, largest production we have had to date, excellent quality (check back in after 20 years or so) and, well, we’re damned proud of them. Here are a few photos:

Maison Ilan: Fruit, not wine...cough

Maison Ilan: Fruit, not wine…cough

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Morey Saint Denis Chaffots 1er Cru

Morey Saint Denis Chaffots 1er Cru

Richard and Demitrius lifting destemmed fruit into tanks

Richard and Demitri lifting de-stemmed fruit into tanks


Cluster at Echezeaux

Cluster at Echezeaux

view at Echezeaux "En Orveaux" - 2 barrels here

view at Echezeaux “En Orveaux” – 2 barrels here

Picking at Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Les Monts Luisants

Picking at Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Les Monts Luisants

Passing cases atMorey Saint Denis Les Monts Luisants 1er Cru

Passing cases at Morey Saint Denis Les Monts Luisants 1er Cru


My brother Richard lifting cases

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22 cases of Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes is all we had - one barrel

22 cases of Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes is all we had – one barrel

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Found in the vineyard at Chambolle-Musingy 1er Cru Les Feusselottes

Found in the vineyard at Chambolle-Musingy 1er Cru Les Feusselottes

Doesn't mean much at all but I love looking at the color

Doesn’t mean much at all but I love looking at the color

Wait, what is that? Ludo?

Wait, what is that? Ludo?