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Meet Laurie, Ian Wagner and Vaux of Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard Winery

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laurie, Ian Wagner and Vaux.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Turtle Rock Ridge has been Voted Best local Winery and Best Wines for 5 years in Ramona, California. Turtle Rock Ridge is a family-owned winery located in Ramona, the winery opened for wine tasting in 2012, on our property in the beautiful backcountry of San Diego County. Our name was inspired by the granite monolith tortoise head that towers above our tasting terrace and vineyards.

We always dreamed of growing grapes and making wine from our amazing land. Our wines are made from the very best grapes grown both in our vineyard and sourced locally within the Ramona and California wine regions. We are members of the Ramona, Temecula, and San Diego County Vintners Association. Fine wine is our passion and we love sharing it with everyone.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We have always met the challenges that come along. Along with finding the energy, time and money to get the job done. Working with Mother Nature as a farmer growing grapes can also be challenging. You never know what the weather will be or how it will vary from year to year.

Farming keeps you on your toes because you are constantly shifting and adapting to the current growing conditions to produce quality fruit. And keeping the vines healthy so they will continue to produce grapes for many years. Even though farming can be challenging it also keeps life interesting. It is always amazing to be able to craft and create a new vintage that reflects the changing conditions of each year.

Please tell us about Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard Winery.
Our Ambiance, Wines and Employees set us apart from the others. Our setting at Turtle Rock Ridge Winery is amazing we have a spectacular 25-mile view of the local mountains amid our beautiful vineyards and flower gardens. We have a very extensive list of our handcrafted premium wines. Many of our specialized wine labels come with your name on it ” Hello Gorgeous, Beautiful, Sexy, Love” are just a few of our extraordinary wine blends.

In addition, we are our famous for our delicious Red, White & Blue Sangrias. The Turtle Rock Ridge Crew is knowledgeable, friendly and all enjoy being at the winery with our fantastic customers. We are super proud to say that we have been voted the “Best Winery and Wines” by our local community for the five years we have been open for business. Wine is our passion and we want to share it with you.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Let me start in eighth grade at public school in the Midwest where I did my demonstration speech on “How to Make Wine”. My speech teacher wrote in my yearbook “to my favorite winemaker”, Mr. Kling. Not to mention I endured a three-day suspension for having alcohol at school.


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  • Address: 18351 Woods Hill Lane
    Ramona, CA 92065
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