Quite the contrary - the notion of managing a vineyard and winemaking had never crossed my mind.  After 12 years of living in London, Melbourne, and Portland we set out sights on Austin and in 2012 purchased a property nestled in the hills of Westlake. The sale included a neglected micro-vineyard along with, what would eventually become, a small winery and entertaining venue.

After becoming a Certified Winemaker, talking to as many viticulturists, winemakers, and somms as possible, and undertaking lots of trial and error, I was finally able to go from grape to bottle in a meaningful way (i.e. make outstanding wine).

Today we're thrilled to be partnering with The Austin Winery to provide interesting enterprises custom blends with co-branded labels (i.e. what you love rides the turtle).  We always bottle a handful of extra cases so that we can also provide friends, family, and Slow Turtle followers with better than average wines.  Cheers!

Slow Turtle Mini-Documentary (PBS 2016)


Slow Turtle’s clean, elegant approach pairs beautifully with our modern rustic perspective. They are the perfect partner for us as we build our brand with pre-opening events and begin planning the unique blends that we will offer to our guests.
— Kelly LaPlant, Co-Owner, Austin Texas Brasserie