Upcoming Events

Smoked Meats & Old Petites (Amador) - February 17, 2018

  • Make our founding fathers proud this President’s Day Weekend by enjoying one of America’s most traditional pairings, hearty red wine and savory BBQ. On Saturday February 17th from 11-4 we will open a rotating selection of our back vintage Petite Syrahs and chow down on the mouthwatering meats from Sacramento’s rising star Post Oak BBQ. $15 tasting includes 5 wines, and will be waived with purchase of two bottles. Quantities are extremely limited.

Amador Vintner's 'Behind the Cellar Door' - March 2-4, 2018

  • Join us the first weekend in March for rare Amador vertical tastings, educational seminars, and the first taste of the 2016 Rinaldi Zinfandel. Locations vary; more info here!
  • Friday March 2nd, 6-9pm: Kick off the weekend at the Amador Winemaker Reception! 
  • Saturday March 3rd, 10:30am: *NEW for 2018* Nick Finarelli, our Amador Winemaker, will join a panel of his peers to discuss Amador Zinfandel and its historically most notable vintages.
  • Saturday March 3rd, 11am-4pm: Granite, Schist, and Quartz! Join us for seminars exploring the viticultural and geologic history of Gold Country, the soil diversity its vineyards offer, and how these differences affect Zinfandel. Reservation required: please email amador@turleywinecellars.com to RSVP.
  • Sunday March 4th, 11am-4pm: Complete your country weekend with an in-depth look at our Rinaldi Zinfandel from Amador’s most significant ancient vineyard. 
  • Tickets and more info available here. Use code TURLEYBCD at checkout for $5 off the ticket price. 

Vintage Paso Weekend - March 16-18, 2018

  • Old vines, BIG wines—well, big bottles at least!  At 6pm on Friday evening we will host a Magnum Madness Mingling party (limited to 50 guests) in our Paso Robles tasting room. We’ll be pouring out of magnums from our library and offering a small number of these rare gems for sale at this event only, and enjoying a bevy of hearty appetizers to boot! $50/pp.
  • At 11am on Saturday and Sunday we will host a seated tasting of various varietals grown, cellared and bottled here at our Paso Robles vineyard.  $40/pp, walk-in tasting fee $10/waived with purchase. 
  • Please email reservations@turleywinecellars.com to secure your spot; for more information on Vintage Paso, please visit their website.

Paso Pick-Up Party - April 7, 2018

  • Our tasting room will be closed to the public. This is a members-only event with pre-purchased tickets.

Amador Pick-Up Party - April 21, 2018

  • Our tasting room will be closed to the public. This is a members-only event with pre-purchased tickets.

Press


At Turley Wine Cellars in Templeton, Nearly Century-Old Vines Produce Fine Wines

San Luis Obispo Tribune - March 13, 2017

The Turley team members see themselves as stewards of some of California’s oldest vineyards, producing wines that reflect their heritage. And with vines from the 1850s still producing fruit, it remains to be seen how long that legacy will stretch.

 
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Turleys preserve property with Land Trust of Napa County

Napa Valley Register - June 23, 2016

"By partnering with the Land Trust in creating the conservation easement, the Turleys preserve the property forever, limiting future development while maintaining the land in private ownership and protecting its agricultural and natural values over the long-term."

 

Zinfandel Roars Back

Wine Spectator – June 2013

“Larry Turley delivers rich, full-bodied reds that reflect his zest for life.” 

For the past 20 years, the strongest hand at the Zinfandel wheel has been Larry Turley’s. Turley Wine Cellars, which released its first wines with the 1993 vintage, pioneered a plush, richly fruity style of Zinfandel that helped establish the varietal as a world-class contender. Turley’s Zins appear on America’s best restaurant wine lists, and the waiting time for a spot on his direct mail list rivals that of many cult Cabernet Sauvignon producers. Wine Spectator’s James Laube explains.

 

 
 

Winemakers of the Year

SF Chronicle – January 2015

Connecting California’s past & future, our Tegan Passalacqua is named to Winemaker of the Year along with Morgan Twain-Peterson of Bedrock Wine Co.!

 

 

Larry Turley on
I'll Drink to That!

I’ll Drink to That – November 2014

Larry Turley tells his story–about the South, medicine, motorcycles, and yes, wine–to Levi Dalton on the I’ll Drink to That! podcast.

 
 
 
 

A Bold New Chapter for Amador Zinfandel

SF Chronicle – February 2014

“In a way, Turley’s arrival in Amador takes California’s recent Zinfandel history full circle.”

 
 
 

Gold Rush Grape

Sunset Magazine – July 2014

“Think of old vines as experience,” Turley says…and how about old-vine wine? “If you talk to a young person,” Turley explains, “they’re energetic but not full of depth. Older, more thoughtful souls have more layers. They make you pause.

 
 

The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste

Ten Speed Press – November 2013

“A comprehensive guide to the must-know wines and producers of California’s ‘new generation,’ and the story of the iconoclastic young winemakers who have changed the face of California viniculture in recent years.”

Turley, along with winemaker Tegan Passalacqua, is featured prominently in this exciting new work by Jon Bonné.

 

Winery Adventures: Turley Wine Cellars, Amador

San Jose Mercury News – Septemeber 2014

“Turley has made a commitment to serious growth in Amador.”

 

Forbes 30 Under 30

January 2014 – Forbes Magazine

Christina Turley named to Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30″ issue.

 
 

The Pleasures of America’s Oldest Vines

The Daily Beast – February 2014

America may be a young country and our wine industry even younger, but there are old vineyards that produce seriously delicious wine. Seek them out writes sommelier Jordan Salcito.

 
 
 

A Native Son with an Eye for Vineyards

SF Chronicle – February 2012

“We’re trying to figure out how to get growers to keep old vines in the ground.”

 
 

A Revival for White Zinfandel

June 2012 – Inside Scoop

Don’t be surprised if you find an unexpected entry on some fancy wine lists this summer. White Zinfandel is headed for a comeback of sorts, due to a very unexpected source: Turley Wine Cellars, one of California’s most elite Zin houses.

 

 

Napa Cabernet's Year for Reflection

June 2013 – The San Francisco Chronicle

2010 Turley Wine Cellars The Label Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($42, 14.5%):

The famed Zinfandel house has tossed its hat into the ring with a more traditional approach to Napa. Made from an organically farmed parcel near Larry Turley’s estate north of St. Helena, this is a tribute to the more modest 1970s Napa Cabs – even if its label is an exploration in sans-serif modernity. It’s Cabernet without pretense, full of dried-mint brushiness, fresh flowers and dried cherries. There’s a dryness to the tannins, too (hence the ’70s homage) and a chicory-like bite. If not the most complex of the lot, it serves its purpose precisely.

 

The Battle for America's Oldest Vines

Food & Wine – October 2013

Turley specializes in old-vine Zinfandels, but Passalacqua’s passion for these vineyards doesn’t just come from the need to do his job. For him, vineyards like Salvador aren’t merely old but historic; their value extends far beyond the per-ton cost of their grapes. “They remind me that what we do is agriculture,” he says, “instead of agri-business.”

 

Homeward Bound

November 2011 – Imbibe Magazine

When Christina Turley was nine, she drew a picture of the perfect wine. “It was a Lancers-shaped bottle,” remembers her father, famed California Zinfandel vintner Larry Turley, referring to the sweet Portuguese wine that was ubiquitous in American liquor stores in the 1970s. “On the label was a picture of herself. And the wine’s name was ‘Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate.’ ”

 
 

Dunne on Wine:
Turley Wine Cellars

November 2013 – Sacramento Bee

“There are tons of good grapes up here. They’re dry-farmed in the old style. So many places are tearing out these old zinfandel vineyards and planting cabernet sauvignon,” said Turley with a degree of disgust.