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Eric Johnson, Winemaker
May 3, 2013 | Eric Johnson, Winemaker

The Times They Are a-Changin'

Every once in a while things need a little face lift. Maybe that means a fresh coat of paint or a new addition to a familiar sight. In Talley Vineyards’ case, it means a winery renovation. The Talley Vineyards winery was built in 1991.  At the time, it was the eponymy of a modern day winery. Concrete tank stands, modern drains, and plenty of space for day-to-day winery activities. After twenty vintages in this space, we felt it was time to give the winery a revitalization.

Knock down of wall in progress. New catwalk in the winery.

The first thing we did was knock out a wall to give us more space for fermentation and barrel work. The area we gained was more than we ever imagined. Next, we tore out our old catwalk that accessed the top of our tanks and replaced it with a stunning aluminum catwalk.  Not only does it look clean but it makes it much easier for us to clean around the tanks.

The last renovation we had done was completely resurfacing the concrete floor in the winery. We patched all cracks and seams and through a long process, added a special coating. This coating consists of a polyurethane matrix system. It’s anti-microbial, durable and skid resistant that will hold up to heavy machinery, high traffic and dust.  And more importantly, it makes the winery look really clean.

This is by far, the biggest upgrade of the facility since the winery was built. We’re all really excited to move back into our “new” winery.  I’ve always felt there was a romantic quality to our 20-year old winery and I believe that after this renovation we’re prepared for the next 20 vintages.


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