TALLEY VINEYARDS, Arroyo Grande Valley
Brian Talley is a third-generation farmer born and raised in Arroyo Grande. He began his career at age 12, harvesting vegetables at Talley Farms, which his grandfather Oliver founded in 1948. Inspired by the success of vineyards planted throughout the 1970s in the Edna Valley and Santa Barbara County, Brian's father Don planted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in 1982 on the hillsides above Talley Farms.
The first vintage produced 450 cases in 1986. In 1991, a state-of-the-art winery was completed at the foot of the Rincon Vineyard, followed by a barrel-aging facility in 2000 and a new tasting room in 2002. Today Brian manages the winery with his wife Johnine, and production has grown to 30,000 cases from 190 acres of estate vineyards. The high quality of the fruit means that work in the winery is minimized and the wines can be truly expressive of the land from which they come. Winemaker Eric Johnson is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Arroyo Grande, immediately south of Edna Valley (and inland from Pismo Beach) is a small appellation — only 3 wineries, and about 900 acres of vineyard. With an east-west orientation open to the Pacific, it’s one of the Central Coast’s most ideal microclimates for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Cool morning fog from the ocean pours over the vineyards creating large temperature changes between day and night, making for elegant, age-worthy and balanced wines. Talley is a highly regarded grape grower, whose fruit is in demand for vineyard-designated bottlings by several prestigious Central Coast wineries.
Bishop’s Peak is Talley’s range of wines made from fruit that is not estate-grown. The Cab for example, comes from the well-known Halter Vineyard in Paso Robles.