Talley Vineyards produced its first wine in 1986 with the production of 450 cases. However, for three generations the Talley family has farmed in Coastal San Luis Obispo County. It all began in 1948 when Oliver Talley founded Talley Farms and started growing specialty vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley.
During the 1970s extensive planting of wine grapes began in the neighboring Edna Valley and Santa Barbara County areas. After observation and extensive analysis, Oliver’s son, Don Talley, was convinced of the potential to grow high quality chardonnay and pinot noir on the steep hillsides above Talley Farms. Don planted a small test plot in 1982 on the west hillside of the Rincon Vineyard that included chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling, sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon. Over time the varietal and clonal selections were refined and planting expanded to a total of 189 acres in the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys.
Join us as we talk with Brian Talley about their iconic vineyards (Rincon, Rosemary’s, Oliver’s), and what it’s like to continue a California legacy.
For more info:
Talley Vineyards: www.talleyvineyards.com
A past visit to Talley Vineyards: www.grape-nutz.com/visits/cc/04_09/journal.html#talley
Sponsor: Wine Exchange – www.winex.com
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