« Karen Turner is the winner of the“ Best Wine Produced by a Woman Winemaker” at “Sakura” 2016” in Japan. This award was obtained with the Prieuré Saint Jean de Bébian rouge 2009 selected among 3 543 wines from 35 countries.
Her vocation for oenology revealed itself later in life. Karen first studied haematology in Melbourne. A sabbatical year opened the doors to the world. Further overseas trips (she had visited 50 countries by the time she was 24) revealed a passion for discovery and taste. The trigger occurred during a discussion. A friend confided in her his regret at not having been a winegrower. The penny dropped: Karen had found her calling. After attending evening classes on wine tasting , she resigned. She made her first few harvests as a cellar hand and, at the age of 28, returned to university to train as an oenologist. Karen landed in 1997 on the Old Continent. She cut her teeth at Hugel in Alsace, where her eyes were opened to old world techniques and fine wines. She set sail for South Africa and then Portugal to work for a famous port house. The young oenologist left the banks of the Douro out of love for France. From Chapoutier, to Chianti Classico, in Italy, her heart swings. When her daughter was born in 2003, she then set her sights on Languedoc. In 2004, Karen Turner was hired at the Prieuré Saint-Jean-de-Bébian, a famous estate not only in France but internationally. At the same time, in 2008, she participated in the creation of Turner Pageot, an avant-garde boutique winery in Gabian. Karen joined Emmanuel Clausel's team in September 2020.