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Situated in the city of Brownwood, Texas, the Turtle Enoteca is owned by the multi-faceted Mary Stanley. Great attention is dedicated to the excellent wine list, which debuted in the World of Fine Wines best wine lists awards in 2017 and 2018. Judges evaluated over 4,500 wine lists in 2016, and just over 800 wine lists were winners of a one, two or three star award. Claiming a two-star award in its first appearance is evident of The Turtle Enoteca's high caliber. Judges commented that the wine list was “clever and consumer friendly”, and includes by-the-glass options that cover a variety wine regions such as Austria (both red and white wines), Chianti, Rioja, Mendoza, and Australia. The range is notable, considering there are ten by-the-glass pours for red and white wine.

The remainder of the list follows a similar pattern with primary wine regions covered including local Texan wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon Paolo (Messina-Hof), Texas, 2010, alongside Old World wines, and South American classics.
At the Turtle they cherish delicious food and good conversation; their key ingredients to happiness. Woven into their ethos is a desire for good wines that echo the terroir to share with their guests.
Our Talented Peeps
Mary Stanley

Mary Stanley is the owner, wine buyer, pasta maker, gelato artisan and chocolatier for the Turtle Restaurant,  Gelateria and Enoteca. She crafts well over sixty different flavors of gelato and sorbetto to fill the sixteen pans of the gelateria’s mahogany and brass gelato case.


She has studied chocolate making with master chocolatier Jean-Pierre Wybauw, and the art of entremets with Spanish master Ramon Morato. Mary earned diplomas in Artisan Pasta and Breads from Manuelina Culinary in Brescia, Italy. The Turtle Gelateria was a finalist in the North American Stage of the Gelato World Tour, and a participant in the finals held in Rimini, Italy in 2014.  In 2018 she placed second in the Dallas stage of Gelato Festival USA for her Hill Country Lemon Lavander Sorbetto.


Mary is T Certified in Tequila from the Consejo Regulador Del Tequila,  Mexico, she received a partnership award from the wine region Rioja DOCa (Qualified Designation of Origin) , Spain in 2014.  The Turtle Restaurant wine list received an award of distinction from Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2010. She is a black straw tasting judge for the Texas Honey Bee Keepers Association.

She is left handed and has a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Illinois