TORTOISE CREEK FRANCE   Languedoc and Rhone Valley  -  FRANCE

Tortoise Creek is a range of very fine varietal wines from the Languedoc district of the South of France and California.

Tortoise Creek was created by a British couple, Mel and Janie Master who lived much of their lives in the wine business in the South of France as well as California. During their time in France, they developed close relationships with many of the top growers and winemakers in the Languedoc and have been producing wines from this area since 1990.

The concept with Tortoise Creek was to work more with the individual grower and less with the large cooperatives as they understood that the key to any good wine, whether it is from the Languedoc, California or any other wine region was "low yields." With that in mind, Tortoise Creek wines have been selected and blended from growers who understand this philosophy. We work closely with our growers in California and France to hand craft our selections.

The French wines of Tortoise Creek include many of the principal varietals grown in the region, such as Viognier and Carignan, but in addition, we also produce newer varieties successfully introduced to the region such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.