As Ramona Valley begins the journey to become a southern California Wine Mecca, one place that holds true to this vision is the valleys own, Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard Winery. Sweeping views, relaxing atmosphere and exquisite wine are enough to entice the average wine connoisseur to visit, but it’s more than just that! TRR came to fruition after the devastation of the 2007 Witch Creek wildfire. While growing grapes had always been an idea, now the land and space was cleared in order to make it a reality. For years, Laurie and Ian had studied different varieties of grapes and what would thrive in the Ramona Valley. They chose to plant varietals that they enjoyed, such as Zinfandel, Merlot, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese Brunello. In the fall of 2008, they made their first vintage, from their friends Paul and Kristi’s Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. After the experience of fermenting grapes into wine, Laurie knew she had found her calling. From pitching the yeast, to punching down the cap and pressing the wine, she loved every aspect and had discovered her new passion, wine making. Together over the next 5 years they worked hard and continuing to evolve their craft creating wine that seems to please every palate. They began to create bold full-bodied red wines that are very fruit forward and flavorful. Embracing the attributes of each season and the flavors they bring to each wine grape vintage. As their children left to begin their journey on to college, Laurie and Ian decided it was time to take their hobby to the next level. They began to focus on the idea of a tasting room where people...Read More
At the heart of all great wines are great winemakers and this Ramona winery has two of the best around. Meet Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard Winery’s owners and winemakers Laurie and Ian… Laurie Wagner Now I know, I was born to make wine. The first glimmer of this passion for me showed up when I was twelve years old at Abbot Junior High in Elgin, Illinois. My assignment in speech class was to demonstrate how to make or do something. I chose how to make wine and proceeded to teach my entire public school class how Welch’s grape juice can be fermented and made into red wine. Thirty -eight years later life brought me back to winemaking and now it is my daily passion. I am a firm believer, that there are no mistakes in life and that the past prepared me for where I am today. In college, I studied landscaping and nursery while working for a nursery growing trees and shrubs in the Midwest. After completing my degree in education I spent several years working with the children of Ramona, while raising my own two beautiful children. At the school district I met so many wonderful people and our family really became a part of the Ramona community. The inspiration to plant grapes on every inch of Turtle Rock Ridge came after the 2007 Witch Creek wildfire. The fire raged across the ridge for three days. Ian and his son Jason were able to save our house from being destroyed. When I returned to a charred landscape and battered house Ian and I made the decision to fill the land with as many grapes as we could...Read More
Located approximately 35 miles NE of San Diego, the Ramona Valley (AVA) American Viticultural Area was approved in January 2006 based on its unique microclimate, terroir, and history for grape production – the following are excerpts from the January 6, 2006 press release The 89,000 acre area covers 139 square miles of primarily rural area surrounding the unincorporated town of Ramona, California, located in north central San Diego County. The area is home to more than 80 commercial vineyards covering over 100 acres, and 20 bonded wineries. New vineyards and wineries are being developed within the Ramona Valley each year. American Viticulture Area designations, or “appellations” were first created under federal law in 1980, and the Ramona Valley is the country’s 162nd area to be granted a designation. Ramona Valley is only the second AVA to be designated in San Diego County and the third in Southern California It is within the large South Coast AVA which covers all of Southern California south of the Santa Barbara area. The other two existing AVAs in the South Coast region are the San Pasqual Valley (San Diego County – designated in 1981) and Temecula Valley (Riverside County – designated in...Read More
~ San Diego Wine Journal
At the heart of all great wines are great winemakers and this Ramona winery has two of the best around. Meet Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard Winery’s owners and winemakers Laurie and Ian…
Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the Ramona Valley or a seasoned wine lover who travels here often, we know you’ll find something to love at Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard Winery.
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