Former Consulting Winemaker
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.