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Turnbull Wine Cellars
Architect William Turnbull Designed Oakville Winery
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
Johnson-Turnbull Vineyards was founded in 1979 by San Francisco Bay Area architect William Turnbull, one of the creators of the architecturally-advanced Sea Ranch complex in Northern California, and attorney Reverdy Johnson.
In 1993 a one-time publisher of satellite TV guides named Patrick O’Dell acquired the property, bestowed its present name, and increased the estate vineyards from 21 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon to 185 acres of various varietals.
Turnbull concentrates on estate-grown, -produced and -bottled Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
Turnbull has lovely gardens, picnic tables, covered outdoor patios overlooking the vineyards, and two tasting rooms. In the small main room you can sample current releases, while the Reserve room is the place to go for higher-end wines paired with cheeses and chocolates.
The latter room is also the site of Turnbull’s gallery, which centers on Patrick O’Dell’s famed collection of black-and-white photographs (he owns the largest private collection of Ansel Adams photos in the world). There is no charge to view the photographs.
If you notice similarities between the Turnbull winery and that of next-door neighbor Cakebread, there’s a reason: both wineries were designed by William Turnbull.
Amenities: Wine Club, Photo Gallery, Picnic Area, Gift Shop, Pairing Classes