When you’re a vintner who really isn’t interested in “corporate” winemaking, you sometimes to have to make due with what’s available, given your personal resources.
That’s why it has taken so long for one of the most acclaimed winemakers in California to establish her own winemaking facility. Now, at long last, that is happening for Helen Turley.
If you’ve heard of the cult wines of Marcassin Vineyard, you’ve heard of Helen Turley. Over her career, Turley also has made wine for B.R. Cohn, Colgin, Bryant and Martinelli – all highly acclaimed brands.
In fact, she had been the consulting winemaker for Martinelli from 1993 until this year, and leased space at the winery for making her own brand.
But now, plans call for Hurley to move her Marcassin Vineyard winemaking to a new dedicated facility in the Sonoma County town of Windsor.
The grapes for Marcassin still will be grown on a 20-acre site along the Sonoma Coast, and then they’ll be trucked to the new facility in Windsor where Turley will lend her deft touch.
Another “cult brand” already is located in the business park where Hurley plans to build her facility: DuMol.
And according to reports, other wineries are interested in locating there as well.
Said Airport Business Center Project Manager Pat Imbimbo in a North Bay Business Journal report: “We hope it’s just the beginning.”