Some Things Get Better with Age
Some things get better with age. That holds true for many things, including Talley Vineyards. The winery is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and the Talley Family invites you to join them for a taste of history and to celebrate the innovations that have made Talley Vineyards what it is today.
The Talley Family’s Rich History
Although this year marks the 30th anniversary for Talley Vineyards, the current vineyard sites were not always dedicated to growing wine grapes. When Oliver Talley first started to farm the land in 1948 he grew specialty vegetables. It was Don Talley, Oliver’s son, who decided to diversify the family business by producing high-quality wine grapes. He planted his first vineyard, the Rincon Vineyard, in 1982. Four years later, the first vintage was marked by the production of 450 cases of wine. Since then, Talley Vineyards has grown: there are now six vineyard sites comprising 190 acres and the winery produces about 30,000 cases of wine annually. The vineyard and vegetable farm have always complemented one another. And as of June, their newest collaboration, the Talley Farms Fresh Harvest Farm Stand, has been open to the general public where visitors can expect to find Talley Farms own high quality produce, supplemented with items that they don’t produce themselves from their friends and neighbors. The Fresh Harvest Farm Stand is located adjacent to the tasting room at Talley Vineyards and is open every Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm.
Wines to Look For
Talley Vineyards specializes in estate grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but produces other highly regarded varietals as well. Here are some of the current offerings:
2014 Talley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay
2014 Bishop’s Peak Sauvignon Blanc
2014 Bishop’s Peak Dry Riesling
2014 Rosemary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
2014 Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir
2014 Stone Corral Vineyard Pinot Noir
Talley Vineyards also produces a charity wine called Mano Tinta to benefit the Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers; an endowment created by Brian and Johnine Talley to support vineyard and farm workers in San Luis Obispo County. Mano Tinta labels feature changing artwork created by local artists who compete in an annual label design contest. All of the grapes, materials and services used to make Mano Tinta wines, as well as the profit from sales of the wine, are donated. Since its inception in 2004, the fund has grown to more than $600,000.
History Comes Alive in the Rincon Adobe
El Rincon Adobe was built in the 1860’s by Ramon Branch, a member of one of the original families that settled in Arroyo Grande. When Talley Vineyards introduced its wines, the adobe served as the first tasting room. When a new tasting room was later opened in 2002, the adobe was put to different use. Now, however, the grounds are open for special member tastings and events. As part of Talley Vineyards efforts to honor its long history, the Talley Family has planted olive trees along the driveway leading to El Rincon Adobe. These trees also serve as a memorial for Travis Monk, a beloved vineyard manager who passed away in 2014.
Visiting Talley Vineyards
To truly learn about Talley Vineyards and the Talley Family, a visit to the tasting room is a must. Whether you are a local or out of town visitor, Talley Vineyards has a diverse array of wines and experiences to satisfy visitors ranging from those new to wine through knowledgeable wine collectors. Taste wines in the picturesque tasting room or outside relaxing on the patio overlooking the beautifully landscaped grounds and vineyards. Talley Vineyards reputation as one of California’s most highly regarded producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is well deserved, and Talley Vineyards wines have been featured at the White House on numerous occasions. Several of the menus are proudly displayed on the tasting room walls.