His style, under the JD Hurley label, is fresh and consumer-friendly, with wines meant to be enjoyed young, while hers, under the Thérèse Vineyards label, are barrel-aged up to three years for structure and longevity. Together, they produce SoulMate, a series of barrel-fermented wines that reflect their love of the land and each other.
When Thérèse and Dan met at a grocery store more than 30 years ago, little did they suspect their lives would one day revolve completely around wine. Today, their vineyard estate, tucked among redwood-dotted mountains, produces more than brilliant cabernet.
Colorful plantings of succulents dot the hills, roses abound and garden beds appear everywhere, from which the couple sources food for their plant-based diet. Decks with tables and chairs surround a serene pond, and a trellised overlook provides a sweeping view of vineyards and flowers.
With a glass of wine in hand, you feel like lord or lady of the manor.
Open only six days a month, they’re expanding tasting facilities to accommodate the hundreds of visitors they receive each first and third weekend. Contact Michele Swensen 408.842.9197 to arrange a midweek visit. Martin Ranch is at 6675 Redwood Retreat Road, Gilroy.