Holly Turner

Holly Turner

Three Rivers Winery (Winemaker)

Holly Turner, Winemaker at Three Rivers Winery, has been in the wine industry for 18 years. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Western Oregon State College and began working in food science and quality assurance. Her love of wine led her to a position at Chateau Ste. Michelle, courses at UC Davis, and a stint at Bodega la Rural winery in Mendoza, Argentina, an experience that stimulated her continuing interest in Malbec.

In 2002, she was appointed as Winemaker at Three Rivers Winery, which was founded in 1999 and became part of the Foley Family portfolio in 2008. Under Holly’s direction, the wines of Three Rivers have earned dozens of scores above 90 points from the nation’s top writers and publications.

The Wines. Among other wines, the varietals produced at the winery include Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and, of course, Malbec. As she says about the latter wine, “Our conditions are comparable to the best parts of Mendoza and our Malbecs share many of the qualities that make their wines so special and intense, aromas of blueberries and strawberries, lots of power and that wonderful juicy opulence that defines the grape.”

The spacious tasting room of the Three Rivers is located at the winery and is set atop a small knoll overlooking the surrounding vineyards and Mill Creek. Varietals being poured the day we visited included the 2013 Three Rivers Malbec, 2013 Three Rivers Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2015 Three Rivers Reserve Chardonnay, Columbia Valley. We especially enjoyed Holly’s 2016 Three Rivers Estate Rosé, Walla Walla Valley, with its clean fruit flavors and bright acidity.