Where our grapevines root

The standard California vineyard spacing is 8 feet by 12 feet - and this was common in all wineries until the mid-1980s. However, in the European-style high-density format (4'x4'), vines are forced to compete with each other for survival. This leads to lower yields, smaller berries, but definitely more intense fruit flavors. Turul winery adopted the European style planting right from the beginning.

Old Ranch Vineyard

Located in the cool southern region of Napa Valley, this vineyard with shallow, gravelly soil of low fertility produces our subtle white wines with full, rich flavors and excellent structure.

Lillian Vineyard

The well-drained soils of this 45-acre vineyard, located in the warmer, mid-valley area of Napa Valley, produce beautifully ripe fruit for Pinot Grigio, Syrah and Zinfandel.

Ranch del Sol Vineyard

A beautiful and large (157 acres) vineyard at an elevation of 1,500 feet on Howell Mountain, Ranch del Sol produces intense Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc types.

Where our grapevines root

Richmond Vineyard

The low-yielding vines on the eastern slope of Napa Valley near St. Helena produce superlative Cabernet Sauvignons of deep color and rich flavor. The Cabernet Sauvignon occupies all of its 105 acres.

Yountville Vineyard

This mid size (86 acres) vineyard in the Yountville appellation of the southern Napa Valley has slightly cooler temperatures and shallow, clay-loam soils that produce great Chardonnay with full, rich flavors and excellent structure.

Wooden Barn Vineyard

In the Oakville appellation, grapes from the old vines of Wooden Barn Vineyard have long been sought after by some of Napa Valley's finest wineries. It is named for rock cairns left by Native Americans who traveled through the hills of Yountville. The 62 precious acres are planted mainly to Cabernet Sauvignon.

Zippo Hill Vineyard

Located on 100 acres in the Stags Leap District of Napa, this growing region has distinctive gravelly and clay loam soils, which retain less water, gently stressing the grapevines, resulting in small berries and intensely flavored fruit.

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Where our tradition roots

No one knows when members of the Turul family first made wines in Tokaj-hegyalja, Hungary. Yet the tradition seems to be long enough: historical records show that vineyards had been established in Tokaj as early as the 12th century, and the Turul name was already mentioned in 16th century documents as the family added new vineyards to their existing property.

However rich the history of a family and its winery may be, things and times change - and we all have to go with the changes. Laszlo (Leslie) Turul, a late heir of fabulous winemakers of ancient ages, did not want to take part in the tradition any more, and moved to the U.S. in the 1920s. But he couldn't hide from the family fate which was so strongly entwined with wines just like vine tendrils intertwine with arbour strings.

Where our tradition roots

Laszlo first hired a small piece of land near Oakville in the present day Old Ranch Vineyard, which he purchased in 1936. His first acquisition was not an all-sunny slope but resembled the Tokay region both in climate and soil the most. There was only one small building in the territory, a tiny cellar; 20 by 34 feet. In 1950 the building was expanded and another building 50 by 75 feet was built nearby to support large-scale production of generic wines. In 1979, a new welcome center was erected. Later in the 1980's, production was expanded and the size of the portfolio was doubled.

The first public educational tour was given at the winery in 1984, combining a comprehensive understanding of how grapes are grown, how the wine is crafted and what to look (and feel) for when tasting wine. Winery events are continuous ever since then, and all further buildings and reconstructions are designed aligning to the Turul family's vision of creating a place open all-year not only for wine connoisseurs but for all who want to spend some time which is worth remembering for a long time.
We hope that you'll also visit Turul Winery, enjoy yourselves and will be filled with great tastes and enchanting memories.

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What we believe in

The Turul family has been farming the same vineyards for three generations, a point of pride for us and the reason I take stewardship of the land so seriously. We're always aware that you've got to do the right things for future generations.


Bob Turul

The primary goal of Turul Winery is to offer the highest quality service, equipment and staff available to our visitors and customers.

The Winery was among the first to formally adopt a natural farming approach, and is committed to growing grapes without the use of chemicals in most of its vineyards. Selective leaf and shoot removal reduces fungus and mildew. Cover crops like oats, mustard, peas and vetch, are planted between rows to naturally inhibit soil erosion, reduce dust, restore nutrients and encourage microbiological activity. Even grape skins and stems are composted after harvest and added back to the soil, replenishing nitrogen and potassium and increasing microbiological activity.

The winery is currently applying for admission to the elite club of the California Certified Organic Farmers.

This is all for wine. And good wine, together with good food, is to be enjoyed. There is a lot of talk about nutrition, balanced diet, healthy ingredients of sustaining our lives - but not enough about appreciation of pure and delicious culinary art to satisfy both body and soul. Every glass of wine, for us, means tradition and high standard of our ancestors. Thus, we do not aim to make anyone simply drink wine - our aim is to enrich all our guests' and customers' life with the gratitude of supreme wines.

What we believe in

For us, profit does not come first. We want to keep a balanced focus on developing our people, producing superior wines and maintaining a purpose which transcends the pure financial bottom line. Inspire the people, win their trust, make a change!

Educating the public about wine and food has always been a central part of our mission, and this commitment to education continues. Look into here for more details on our programs. Extend your education and learn to taste wine with attention, care, and the same discerning palate as a winemaker. To make a reservation, please call our hotline.

Our vision

Turul Winery aspires to achieve within five years global name recognition as the winery that offers good varietal wine for the widest range of palates and budgets produced through efficient, cost-effective practices as well as providing a suitable, lively venue for a wide range of high-end corporate and private events.

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News

New General Manager at Turul Winery

Bob Turul, the owner of Turul Winery proudly announces winning ... ... for the position of the General Manager of the winery. Although the new GM has no particular experience in the wine industry, Bob strongly believes that ... will successfully contribute to re-energizing Turul Winery to be not only the best place to visit but also the best place to work in Napa Valley - while retaining the excellent business results and growing nationwide recognition of the company.

Being true to tradition means constant improvement – an interview with Bob Turul

In the Wine Times article, the owner and doyen operations manager of Turul Winery talks about his world view as well as the changes and challenges the Winery is facing. For the full text of the interview, please click here.

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Welcome!

The family-owned Turul Winery has over 555 acres of vineyards in the Yountville and Oakville appellations, most of which are organically certified.
The business started in 1931 by the Hungarian immigrant Laszlo Turul, and for his heirs and all present employees of the company, wine making is still a labor of love. Turul Winery has always been a niche player specializing in a uniquely Californian variation of the famous Hungarian Tokaj, a sweet dessert wine, called Turul after the family surname at the beginning, and now distributed under the name Quintessential.

Who we work with

The Team

If you taste any of our wines, no matter where you are, you get in contact with our chief winemaker, Alex Davenport. Alex was named "Winemaker of the Year" in 2007 by the prestigious Paramount Wine Magazine - for third time after 1999 and 2003, and folloving two previous nominations in 1995 and 1996. This award was swiftly followed in the same year by the John Rado Award for contribution to the development and promotion of Muscat, which also proudly sits alongside Alex's 2005 acknowledgement by International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) as winner of the 2005 Tradition & Taste Prize. It is not only his role as Chief Winemaker which Alex busy. Commercing as a Californian Wine Show Judge in 1992, Alex is now heavily involved in judging at U.S. and International Wine Shows.

On visiting the winery, you'll definitely meet Ellen McMason, the tasting room manager and unofficial "animator of Napa Valley". With her 30-year experience in the sommelier & culinary art, as host of major Valley events and regular appearance at California TV/radio shows as "wine educator" she is undoubtedly the best person to give both introductory classes and professionals' seminars on wine.

Who we work with

You don't want to join the official programs? Would you like to invite your colleagues and friends to a special visit? Do you want to take part in a winery event specially designed accor-ding to your timetable and needs? Joe Saileri guarantees a flawless experience all around the year. Joe's outstanding qualities as event manager are best ref-lected in the annual Napa Wine Party, a 5-day festival with the support of 28 wineries, offering concerts of more than 50 performers, sports and lifestyle shows,which has become popular and well-known nationwide in the past few years.

Do you have special requirements on quantity or design? Should you be interested in ordering Turul wine, Rebecca Saber is at your service. Rebecca's thorough knowledge on our portfolio guarantees that both you and your friends, as well as your customers will establish a long-lasting and rewarding friendship with Turul wines.

Careers

Turul Winery is a high-energy, professional workplace dedicated to offering outstanding customer service, while providing a positive and rewarding environ ment for its employees. Our employment needs are both regular and seasonal. If you are interested in submitting your resume, please email it to Jen Goodwin, executive assistant.

Positions Currently Available: none at this time. Please check back soon.

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What we are proud of

We have recently raised our crushing capacity to 14,000 tons annually, although the facility crushes only 7,000 in order to isolate and handle individual lots according to client needs. Our red tank fermentation range in size from 8 to 70 tons in capacity, while white tank fermentation range in size from 5 to 120 tons. A customized wine tracking system designed specifically for Turul Winery facilitates the complex production process. We have two separate bottling lines to correspond the highest detail in packaging needs. And what these are all for, comes now...

Quintessential Muscatel

This wine unmistakably has the flavor of Tokay, the legendary Hungarian wine territory. Its amber color, the aroma, density, structure, and sweetness reminiscent to dried fruits (apricot, plum, and peaches) add up to a very intense, consistent and complex dessert wine. The grapes sourced for Quintessential are infected with Botrytis, the Noble Rot, and thus, the wine has a long honeyed finish.
Varietal: 70% Semillon, 30% Furmint
Alcohol: 13.8%, 1.5 grams residual sugar, pH: 4.12

Turul Classic Chardonnay

Sourced from the cool growing regions of the southern Napa Valley. This medium bodied fruit forward Chardonnay has bright flavors of lemon, apricot and almonds, with delicate pineapple overtones.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.9%, pH: 3.57

Chardonnay - Pinot Grigio Cuvee

The combination of the elegant, butter-biscuit tones of unoaked Chardonnay with the richer, lightly spicy fruit of Pinot Grigio results in a ripe, flavoursome dry white wine. Serve as aperitif or with meats, fish, or pasta, lightly chilled. Only 830 cases produced.
Varietal: 54% Pinot Grigio, 35% Chardonnay, 11% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol: 13.5%, pH: 3.42

What we are proud of

Feather Touch Sauvignon Blanc

A beautiful, elegant and light Sauvignon Blanc that has a great balance of aromas and structure. Beautiful, refreshing minerality, fruit and richness dominate the palate with wonderful undertones of sweer oak and dried pear. Mouth feel is seamless and drawn out.
Varietal: 96% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Semillion
Alcohol: 14.1%, pH: 3.45

Desert Rose Rosé

Brilliant cranberry red color for the eyes, an impressive aroma of cherries, pomegranate and watermelon for the palate: a crisp and refreshing wine with lively acidity and juicy flavors.
Varietal: 89% Syrah,11% Zinfandel
Alcohol: 13.7%, pH: 3.32

Turulicious Zinfandel

Our Zinfandel is crafted to be food friendly, with a silky texture of blackberries, cherries and cassis, and low tannin level. Will pair well with grilled meats.
Varietal: 100% Zinfandel
Alcohol: 15.23%, pH: 3.42

Suprema Cabernet Sauvignon

Dense with soft and silky tannins, a rich setting for juicy fruit flavors of dark plum mingling with notes of dark chocolate and vanilla oak. Delicious from beginning through middle to end!
Varietal: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.92%, pH: 3.82

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What we are expecting you with

The variety of nature, the change of seasons bring about different programs and events which ensure that it is worth visiting Turul Winery again and again.
Here's a calendar of exciting events, including some exclusive Wine Club programs. Not a Wine Club Member yet? Join now and enjoy countless benefits!
Space is limited and events are subject to change. For questions or suggestions, please contact Joe Salieri. For questions or suggestions for new Beringer Wine Club events, please write to Ellen McMason.

Deep Red & Rosé Barbecues

Date: every first Friday from May to September.
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost: $60 per person; reservations required.
Enjoy delicious cuisine of the Napa Valley along with Turul wines.

Saturday Live Music

Date: every second Saturday from April to the end of November.
Time: 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Cost: Music is free; usual wine tasting fees apply.
Taste our reserve wines on the porch of the cafeteria while listening to live music. There's a different musician every time. Latin guitar rhythms, classical quartets and easy synthetizer listenings create a perfect atmosphere to relax and have a good talk with friends or relatives.