Talley Vineyards

Talley Vineyards

Talley Vineyards, established by Don and Rosemary Talley in 1982, is a renowned winery situated in the Arroyo Grande Valley on California’s Central Coast. The vineyard’s history is deeply intertwined with the Talley family’s agricultural roots, which began in 1948 when Oliver Talley founded Talley Farms. Initially focused on vegetable farming, the Talleys diversified into viticulture, planting their first grapevines in the early 1980s. This move laid the foundation for what would become one of the region’s most esteemed wine producers.

The Talley family owns 190 acres of vineyards spread across six distinct sites in the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys. The most notable vineyards include Rincon, Rosemary’s, and Oliver’s Vineyard. The proximity of these vineyards to the Pacific Ocean provides a cool climate, ideal for growing premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The unique combination of marine-influenced weather and diverse soil types, such as marine sedimentary and clay, contribute to the distinct character of Talley’s wines​.

Since producing its first commercial vintage in 1986, Talley Vineyards has earned a reputation for crafting high-quality, old-world-style wines. The winery’s commitment to excellence is reflected in numerous accolades, including top scores from Wine Spectator and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Notably, their 2002 Rosemary’s Vineyard Chardonnay was celebrated as the best California Chardonnay at the 30th Anniversary of the Judgment of Paris in 2006​.

Talley Vineyards remains a family-operated business, with Brian Talley leading the charge since 1991. Under his guidance, the winery has continued to innovate while maintaining a deep respect for traditional winemaking practices. The Talley family also demonstrates a strong commitment to their community, exemplified by the establishment of the Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers, which supports local farm laborers and their families​.

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