Winemaker: Bryan Kvamme
Bryan Kvamme’s passion for wine got under his skin while he was working Down Under as a shepherd in 1988. He traded a life of wool growing to obtain his second Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis, this time in Enology. His hands-on experience started with time at the Napa Wine Company, then cellar and enology internship positions at Gloria Ferrer and Benessere wineries. Bryan first started working with Helen Turley at Martinelli Winery in 1997. Through his journey from Cellar Master to Winemaker in 2007, Bryan has learned from Helen the importance of quality vineyard sites and their management, and the excellent fruit they can bring forth. He has also gained an appreciation for her natural approach to winemaking — letting the essence of fully ripened fruit shine through from the vineyard to the wine.
Consulting Winemaker: Erin Green (2010-present)
Erin began her fascination with the science of winemaking and winegrowing as an undergraduate at UC Davis, where she pursued a degree in Fermentation Science with an emphasis on Enology. After graduating, she began working part-time on Helen Turley’s projects as well as Sonoma-Cutrer. In the early 1990’s Erin was instrumental in launching Napa Wine Company, a custom crush facility where she was Director of Winemaking. It was here that Erin and Bryan Kvamme worked together for the first time. Erin continued working for Helen Turley on her clients’ wines, including Bryant Family, Martinelli and Pahlmeyer through the end of 1999. For the next 12 years, Erin was the Winemaker and the Director of Winegrowing for Pahlmeyer.
Erin has returned to Martinelli as Consulting Winemaker. It was a natural fit for her to return to Martinelli, having previously worked with the Martinelli family and understanding their style of wines.
Consulting Winemaker: Helen Turley (1992-2010)
Lee and Carolyn met and befriended Helen Turley on a dusty road in the middle of nowhere. They discovered that they were vineyard neighbors; Helen’s Marcassin vineyard rests on the same ridge as the Martinelli’s Charles Ranch vineyard along the Sonoma Coast. They began working with Helen professionally, and she introduced new viticulture and cellar practices to the Martinelli family, and the new vineyards at that time were planted with the professional consultation and specifications of John Wetlaufer and Helen Turley.
Helen Turley started the B.R. Cohn Olive Hill Vineyard, Turley Winery, Peter Michael Winery & Vineyards, Pahlmeyer, Colgin, Bryant Family Vineyard, and her own Marcassin vineyard and winery projects. She was educated at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and graduated from Cornell University. Helen and her husband, John Wetlaufer, are currently writing a book about Marcassin.