Rosemary was born and raised in Marysville California. She attended UC Berkeley where she majored in Mathematics and met her future husband, Don Talley. After graduation, she embarked on a teaching career which concluded at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1977, at which time she was asked by Don to join him at Talley Farms, the family’s vegetable farming company. Over time, she created the sales and marketing program for Talley Farms, and came to be recognized as one of the few female leaders in the produce industry.
In 1986, she joined with Don to establish Talley Vineyards and produce the first Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Arroyo Grande Valley. The following year, Don planted Pinot Noir in front of their home, marking the establishment of the vineyard that would come to bear her name, which is now regarded as one of the best sites for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in California. Rosemary is active in the family businesses, where she serves as Corporate Secretary and does “everything that no one else wants to do.”
Rosemary loves cooking, gardening, wine and travel and is an avowed “cat person”. She lives in the middle of Rosemary’s Vineyard with her cat Jasper.