Turtle Run Winery & Vineyard

About

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! 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 12 acres of vines!

Location Description

Located near the baseball diamonds on Indiana 62, one mile west of Lanesville and 6 miles east of Corydon. At 940 St. Peters Church Road, NE, Corydon, IN 47112

Features

  • We are the oldest vineyard in Harrison County and have the 5th oldest vines in the Indiana.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 16

Winemaker

Jim Pfeiffer studied winemaking and grapegrowing as at Miami University of Ohio from John Dome. John articulated the differences between average, good and great practices and challenged everyone to do it right! We took 4 years looking over and under rocks to find the right site to grow grapes and make wine and landed in the Corydon-Lanesville, Indiana area near Louisville, Kentucky. Experience wines with dazzling complexity, for instance we'll blend across vintages. And we'll certainly blend, with well over half of our wines on the list being blends. Our dry reds are barrel aged, some in older oak, some in newer oak, and all of our reds go through extended skin maceration contact time before pressing. Many whites are barrel fermented in older oak to provide smoothness, and our sweet wines, to attain sweetness, go through a process called "arrested fermentation". We absolutely never back-add juices or sugars to sweeten our wines. Classic, European technique winemaking right here in America.

History

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.

The Team

Jim and the elegant ladies of Turtle Run: Laura, his lovely wife, Christine, Angie, Sue, Stephanie, Loretta, Mary Ann, Chris and Katy!

Practices & Techniques

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 50 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.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

As you drive to the winery, you can’t help but pass through the Turtle Run vineyards, our primary source of grapes for our wines.

We are the oldest vineyard in Harrison County and have the 5th oldest vines in the Indiana Uplands American Viticulture Area behind Huber’s Orchard and Winery, Butler Winery, Oliver Winery, and Easley Winery. Currently, our vineyard size puts us nicely in the top 10 largest vineyards in Indiana.

I studied grape growing and wine making in the 1980′s at Miami University. One class, very intense, very hard, and very captivating. In those studies, I became firmly convinced that an untapped potential existed in the limestone hills of southern Indiana. The climate and soils simply reminded me of some of the very best vineyards in Europe.

The American continent’s growth into wine was plagued by two problems: native diseases and insects that zapped European wine grape vines and then Prohibition. Once we exported our natural issues to Europe in the 1870′s and devastated their vineyards, some dumb luck and good science of fungicide discovery, cross pollination, and grafting allowed Europe to bounce back and opened the door to American wine growth. But Prohibition arrived, and then the subsequent insane laws derived then which still plague us today. The worst perhaps was the co-opting of Christianity and the revisionist history of religion that people believe today. Here is one solid fact: Prior to 1869, no one had ever purchased fruit juice for drinking. Grape juice came to being in 1869, orange juice in 1910, and apple juice in 1911. Read my page on the inconvenient truth of Prohibition for more salient facts.

Though Europe doesn’t live in the shadow of Prohibition’s unsavory past, we do have some benefits over the “Old World” In Europe, they are culturally and sometimes legally bound as to what grapes they can grow in what region. Here, not a chance! Among the Indiana Upland wine growers, we share lots of information about the success of our vines as to what to plant or not to plant.

At Turtle Run, we intently study the vines before planting in order to maximize the flavors you experience. You see, wines contain upwards of 1500 natural chemical compounds, so the soil, the slope, the elevation, and the vine selections really do count.

Awards

Way too many to mention. Not a single consumer cares, so why bother spending thousands of dollars for awards that no one cares about. Enjoy what you like anyway.

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Hours

Daily Noon to 6:00pm

Address

940 St Peters Church Rd NE
Corydon, Indiana 47112
United States

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