Three Rivers Winery, Pacific Northwest
Born and raised in McMinnville, Oregon, Holly Turner is Northwest to the core. "McMinnville was a great place to grow up. In many ways it was similar to Walla Walla – quiet, slow, relaxed."
Holly earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Western Oregon State College and began working in food science but she was ready for more.
Experience: In addition to Chateau Ste. Michelle, Holly has worked at Bodega la Rural winery in Mendoza Argentina, an experience that triggered her interest in Malbec. "Our conditions are comparable to the best parts of Mendoza and our Malbecs share many of the qualities that make their wines so special - intense aromas of blueberries and strawberries, lots of power and that wonderful juicy opulence that defines the grape."
Today, Holly is considered one of the top winemakers for limited-production, handmade reds and whites in the Columbia Valley. Over the last decade she has forged lasting relationships with growers throughout the region, giving her access to some of the best sites in the state. As winemaker of Three Rivers, Holly oversees everything from vineyard sourcing to winemaking to bottling. Her wines have earned dozens of scores above 90 points from the nation’s top writers and publications.
Words from the Winemaker: "Eastern Washington is one of the world’s great wine regions. Being so far north we receive more hours of sunlight during the summer months than appellations to the south. The extra light coupled with moderate temperatures and little rainfall ensures that our wines deliver great consistency, concentration and character."
When not at the winery, Holly and her husband Andy keep busy with their three children and a Boston Terrier named Vinny. On weekends you can find the family touring the streets of Walla Walla in their ‘61 pink Cadillac.