Gloria Retzlaff Taylor discovered the historic Connolly Estate in the early 1970s, a former sheep ranch in Livermore that now makes up Retzlaff Vineyards.  The Taylor family moved to the property and restored the Victorian farmhouse and outbuildings to make their home.  

Recognizing the value of the pristine soil on the property, the Taylors planted their vineyard in 1977, and by 1983 they opened a tasting room.  Retzlaff has continually produced some of California’s finest award-winning wines thanks to Bob and Gloria Taylor’s unique vision and commitment to organic, sustainable farming practices.

Note to Bob
Gloria Taylor in the vineyard circa 1976
Gloria Taylor, circa 1976
Bob Taylor in the vineyard
Bob Taylor and Boots, circa 1976

Photo Gallery

These great old pictures of the historic Connelly Estate, show the painstaking transformation to today’s Retzlaff Vineyards and Estate Winery thanks to Bob and Gloria Taylor’s unique vision.
A labor of love and a love of labor

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