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Turnbull Wine Cellars

Architect William Turnbull Designed Oakville Winery

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Turnbull Wine Cellars old truck outside tasting room entranceJohnson-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.
TTurnbull Wine Cellars tasting roomurnbull 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.
Reserve room and gallery at Turnbull Wine CellarsThe 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.

Fascinating Fact:

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
Founded: 1979
Signature Wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Old Bull
Garden at Turnbull Wine Cellars in OakvilleWine Tasting: Basic, no appointment needed
Hours: Daily, 10–4:30
Turnbull Wine Cellars
8210 St. Helena Highway
Oakville, CA 94562

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Suzie Rodriguez writes about travel, food, and wine from her home in the wine-country town of Sonoma, California. You can follow her travels and musings at The Culinary Gadabout.

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