Turtle Creek Olive Grove Vineyard

Turtle Creek Olive Grove Vineyard

About Turtle Creek Olive Grove Vineyard

Dan and Sue Schulse began the Turtle Creek Project in March 2016, after traveling to Italy in 2013 and hiking through the fields, vineyards, olive groves and villages of Tuscany. The Italian scenery inspired them to have something similar in the Texas Hill Country; it was something that they could retire doing and pass down to their children.

Their operation, Turtle Creek Olive Grove and Turtle Creek Olives and Vines, are businesses that beat to the rhythm of being passed down generationally, and to promote agriculture and tourism in Kerr County.

Turtle Creek Olive Grove is the private working farm, olive orchard and vineyard where the winery production facility is located and the Turtle Creek private label wine and olive oil is to be produced upon maturity of the vines and trees.

In June 2019, the Schulse’s opened a tasting room and satellite location to the Grove property, called Turtle Creek Olives and Vines, located at 211 Earl Garrett Street in downtown Kerrville. The tasting room is housed in a historic 1890 Masonic Lodge and provides patrons an intimate and stylish place to enjoy fine wines, olive oil and small plates. Once the Grove’s olive orchard and vineyard are mature, Turtle Creek Olives and Vines will carry all of the Turtle Creek products.

Dan and Sue thought naming the property, “Turtle Creek Olive Grove,” was fitting because it respected the Native Americans that once inhabited the land. The turtle icon represents Mother Earth, long life and good health, and the shell represents perseverance and protection. Sue also thought it rang more desirably for weddings and events, as opposed to calling it, “Turtle Creek Olive Orchards.”

The Schulse’s believe that the growth of something is special, the ability to put hands into the dirt, nurture the seeds, and to trust in the science and expertise behind the final product. While their venture is just getting started, they hope that you’ll enjoy the quality and authenticity of their products and appreciate your support.

Vineyard Details

Year Planted

2016

Owner

Dan & Sue Schulse

Soil

Clay Loam, with a mix of Limestone Pebbles

Climate

Hill Country; Continental Climate

Trellis

Vertical Shoot Positioning

Irrigation

Drip

Harvest Method

Hand Harvest

Acreage

4.25

THCW Members Purchasing Fruit

Turtle Creek Olives & Vines

Varietals

  • Cabernet Sauvignon (1 acre)
  • Merlot (.25 acres)
  • Petit Verdot (1 acre)
  • Montipulciano (2 acres)