Marla Carroll has been named winemaker at Franciscan Estate Winery. She joins director of winemaking Janet Myers and winemaker Jay Turnipseed to round out the Franciscan winemaking team.
A native of California, Marla Carroll grew up in a small town in the mountains separating the Southern California High Desert and the rich agricultural lands of the Central Valley. It was here she grew up exploring the outdoors, hiking, camping, backpacking, and cultivating an appreciation for the outdoors, and laying the foundation for her deep interest in viticulture and the environmental factors that shape the expression of a vineyard.
With a strong understanding of nature and the science behind winemaking, Marla respects and appreciates the biological intricacies that go into each bottle. However, it is her passion for food and flavors that shape her approach to crafting wine at Franciscan Estate, paying close attention to the character and expression of each lot to create wines with complexity and nuance.
“I’m inspired by the endless layers of complexity that begin in the vineyard and lead to a bottle of wine. I love that it changes over time, yet is a snapshot of a particular vintage and harvest conditions,” says Carroll.
She received a degree in biotechnology from the University of California at Davis with a concentration in enology and fermentation science. While a few key courses introduced her to the world of wine, it wasn’t until she took a position during harvest at the historic Charles Krug Winery in 2002 in the Napa Valley that she truly understood her interest in winemaking. In 2004, Marla accepted a position with Franciscan Estate, spending seven years in a series of roles, including enologist and assistant winemaker. After some time off with her family, Marla reunited with the Franciscan Estate team in 2013, where she continues to work closely with director of winemaking Janet Myers.
Marla lives in Crockett, California with her husband and their two daughters. She enjoys hiking, art and design, cooking from her garden, raising chickens, and seeking opportunities to serve in the community.