At Turley Wine Cellars in Templeton, Nearly Century-Old Vines Produce Fine Wines
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.
Zinfandel Roars Back
“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
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!
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
“In a way, Turley’s arrival in Amador takes California’s recent Zinfandel history full circle.”
Gold Rush Grape
“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
“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.
The Pleasures of America’s Oldest Vines
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
“We’re trying to figure out how to get growers to keep old vines in the ground.”
A Revival for White Zinfandel
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.