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!