High quality and long-term sustainability are the two principles that guide Talley Vineyards' farming decisions. Brian Talley and Vineyard Manager Travis Monk constantly strive to improve fruit quality while ensuring that the techniques employed work in harmony with the natural conditions of the individual vineyard sites. Biologically based farming techniques and integrated pest management practices are employed throughout the vineyards. To improve soil conditions, prevent erosion and provide fertility, cover crops are maintained in all vineyard blocks.
The growing of premium wine grapes is highly labor intensive, especially the functions of pruning, canopy management and harvest. Talley Vineyards employs a dedicated and experienced vineyard team to execute these critical tasks. Shoot thinning and leaf and lateral shoot removal are employed throughout the vineyards to open the vine canopy and expose the grapes to more air and sunlight. This prevents powdery mildew and botrytis, two common problems in the cool foggy conditions typical in the coastal area, while promoting more even ripening of the fruit.
Since harvest is the single most crucial determinant of quality in the vineyard, the harvesting crew is mobilized at the moment that the grapes reach optimum maturity. All grapes are carefully hand harvested at night, and taken a short distance to the winery where they are immediately sorted and processed.
By controlling all aspects of winegrowing, Talley Vineyards is able to ensure that quality takes priority over farming economics. Every bottle of Talley Vineyards wine is produced from vines planted by the Talley family on land owned and farmed by the Talley family.