Larry Turley, a former emergency room doctor who helped found Frog's Leap Winery in 1981, sold his shares in 1993 to begin this now legendary project. Focusing on his love of wines made from old vine vineyards, and Bringing the compassion and nurturing instinct borne of years practicing medicine, he focused on his love of old vine vineyards that were often neglected, and required "extra care and attention in order to restore them to their former glory."
Before becoming Turley's Head Winemaker and Vineyard manager in 2013, Tegan Passalacqua worked and learned for a decade under Ehren Jordan as well as travelling extensively and working at wineries in New Zealand, the Rhone Valley in France, and Swartland in South Africa.
Between them, Turley Wine Cellars has grown, primarily on the strength of their Zinfandel and Petite Syrah, to make 50 wines from over 50 vineyard sites across California. Many of these sites are the only remaining homes to vines dating back to the late 1800's, and farming them organically is at the core of Turley's passion to "both create and preserve California's unique winemaking culture."