Visiting Turtle Run
Turtle Run Winery is known for incredible scenery, insanely complex dry red and white wines, sweet wines with no sugar added, a Sunday concert series with some of the regions best bands and the most unusual winery tours imaginable!
When Laura and Jim first purchased the farm in 1997 to begin the dream of owning a winery, we quickly noticed a large population of turtles on the property including a large alligator snapper that crossed the driveway the second time they saw the farm.
This abundance of turtles provided a unique idea of naming the winery. Since then, the popularity of Turtle Run Winery has grown beyond the local region and has attracted winery visitors from all across the United States and many countries as well. Many visit simply for our namesake.
The turtle or love of turtle collectibles attracts some of our patrons to visit the winery. The story or how the name came about is a staple of our Winery brand.
With rolling hills, the winery and vineyard is completely surrounded by woods. Mixing classic old barns, with natural and added flora, it’s very easy to relax and unwind. And if venturesome, grab a glass of wine and wander through 15 acres of vines!
With 30 wines on the list, we hope, and think, we’ve got a wine for you. Our winemaking is both classic and super-modern! Check out the 40 barrels of wine, all neatly stacked and aging future vintages. Jim follows a lot of classic French winemaking techniques, so a sip of Max’s Small Batch Red will indulge your taste buds on the art of blending dry reds. A sip of Catherine’s Blend demonstrates that American sweet wine doesn’t need added sugar. Or a sip of “The Chard” shows how super cold fermentation can intensify the fruity flavors in a lovely dry white.
A visit at Turtle Run Winery is not complete without a crazy tour from Jim Pfeiffer, our owner and winemaker! A consummate student of wine and vines, Jim has done extensive research on taste, viticulture, winemaking, and the history of wine. And he likes to share what he knows. And he goes off in tangents! And nothing’s canned! Or rehearsed. Fro that matter, I don’t think he’s given the same tour twice and he’s done way more than a 1000 tours. Five minute tour! Sure! Want the half hour version! Let’s do it! Probably the best part is Jim likes to explain the “why” and the “how” behind everything. Ask him about barrels. Does the shape of a wine glass change the flavor! Absolutely! And he’ll explain why. If you ask him how taste works, he may end up counting your taste buds! For sure he’ll certainly tell you how your subconscious interprets flavors. Tours at Turtle Run are extremely entertaining and quite informative.
Sometimes we think we’re crazy to offer them, but then again, it’s pretty cool to be able to sample the wines first! Our staff is very good at listening to what wines you like and make selections based on your preferences.