The Turnbull name goes back to the early 1300's when a retainer of Robert the Bruce saved the king's life by turning a ferocious bull which had threatened to gore the king. The grateful king dubbed his subject "Turnbull" and awarded him a crest featuring a bulls head twisted back, with the motto: Audaci Facet Fortuna, or "Fortune Favors the Bold".

In the spring of 1993, Patrick O'Dell purchased the winery named Johnson Turnbull Vineyards and renamed the property Turnbull Wine Cellars. Cabernet Sauvignon remains the signature of the winery, with Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Zinfandel added to the lineup.

In addition to the expansion of the winery facility and the remodeling of the tasting room and offices, the image of the turning bull on the label was redesigned. The newer image is derived from a bull's figure on a Minoan drinking vessel. The crest continues to be embossed on each label reflecting our respect for the history of the distinguished Turnbull name.


Turnbull Wine Cellars / 8210 Saint Helena Hwy. / Oakville, CA  94562 / (800) 887-6285



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