TY & HELEN
Design Concepts San Francisco
Designer/Owner of Design Concepts Inc, a business that produced store
display fixturing for major department stores in the US and internationally.
6 1/2 Year Circumnavigation Aboard the 38' sloop, “Azura”
1989 – 1995
Azura Studios, our art and design studio, opened in Minturn, Colorado.
Purchased “Prima”, a 44' Catamaran in Connecticut and sailed to Miami. Participated in
invitational art fairs around Florida in the winter and then on to the Bahamas.
Azura As We Know it Today
Purchased the land for Azura Cellars and began construction of the Winery/studio.
Azura Cellars & Gallery opens to the public. First vintage at Azura Cellars produced under the guidance of Steve Rhodes, one of the pioneering winemakers in the North Fork Valley.
Coco, the designer dog, joins the Azura family
Completed the “Great Loop”, a 5,000 mi trip from Florida to Montreal and back on our 34'
Power Catamaran “Azura 2.``
Colorado Winemaker of the Year
Bret Neal named Winemaker of the year. Ty Gillespie becomes “Director of Winemaking” and Brett becomes our winemaker at Azura.