Widely regarded as one of the best producers of vinifera grape wines in Massachusetts, New England, and beyond, Turtle Creek Winery is leading the charge for high quality wine in the state.
Kip Kumler, the owner and winemaker of Turtle Creek, opened the winery in 1998 and specializes in making small production, handcrafted wines including Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Riesling.
Turtle Creek's motto, "Classic Wines from Noble Grapes in a Dangerous Neighborhood," refers to Kumler’s desire to produce high quality wine from vinifera grapes in a cold weather – and often non-forgiving - climate. Turtle Creek does not produce any hybrid grape or fruit wines, nor does the winery produce any so-called “tourist wines.”
The winery produces about nine hundred cases per year, with much of the grapes grown in a meticulously managed vineyard on land leased from the Town of Lincoln. Turtle Creek also purchases ultra-premium fruit from select growers in California.
In this segment, Kumler takes us on a tour of his wonderful winery (including one of the most impressive barrel rooms in the state) and offers some excellent insight on his approach to winemaking. And watch as Kumler and his team stride through the vineyard harvesting grapes amongst dozens of rows of elegant and beautiful vines.
Turtle Creek Winery is located in Lincoln, MA. The winery offers tours and tastings by appointment. To make a reservation, visit turtlecreekwine.com/reserv.htm
Editor's note: This video segment was produced by French Oak TV and is the tenth in a series profiling the Massachusetts Farm Winery & Growers Association and each of its member wineries.