Dave Terry, Vineyard Manager at Talley Vineyards.

Dave Terry became intrigued by wine and grapevines as a kid when he drove by a vineyard just outside of Santa Fe during annual trips between his family’s cattle ranch in Southeastern New Mexico and Colorado.  While he was in college at New Mexico State, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Spanish, he took a wine appreciation class that spurred his interest in the wine industry.  Dave then attended Fresno State where he wrote his Master’s Thesis on mechanization and irrigation affects in vineyards, which was subsequently published in the American Journal of Enology and has been widely cited in other academic research.

While much of Dave’s work has been with larger vineyard operations, he appreciates the boots on the ground philosophy of farming at Talley Vineyards as well as the opportunity to apply what he’s learned to producing world class wine.  As he puts it, “I take a hands on approach to winegrowing while trying to sustain the land where the vineyard is planted.  It is my role to nurture the vine to capture its full potential.”

Dave is a member of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture and is on the Board of Directors of the Central Coast Vineyard Team, which supports sustainable vineyard practices in Central Coast vineyards.  He lives in San Luis Obispo where he enjoys stand up paddle boarding, golf and drinking great wine.