heart hill vineyard
at the gateway to the Willow creek sub-ava in paso robles we have 46 acres of vines planted on steep & rocky hillsides
Heart Hill Vineyard was originally part of a 700 acre cattle ranch owned by Claude and Richard Booker in the early 1900s. The Bookers were celebrated hard workers and philanthropists who were hallmarks of Paso Robles, and strove to preserve the land they worked on. They were the first to notice the naturally occurring heart-shaped grove of blue oaks, and dubbed it “Valentine Hill.” Today, the Heart remains untrimmed or managed by us, and is visible from our tasting room. See vineyard map
climate and soil
Located in the Willow Creek District, Heart Hill Vineyard experiences a warm climate, with cooling afternoon ocean breezes sailing through the break in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range known as the "Templeton Gap". The soil profile at Heart Hill is a prime example of the vast diversity found across the westside of Paso Robles. Although neighboring vineyards have streaks of calcareous soils, Heart Hill Vineyard is comprised of steep, hillside plantings on rocky slopes of siliceous shale. In this type of soil, vines must grow deep and powerful root systems in search of water.
Rootstock and clone selection
Heart Hill is a great representation of why Paso Robles is special, as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah do equally well. We’ve focused the Cabernet plantings on the south-facing slopes to take advantage of the longer sunlight exposure, and planted Syrah and Grenache on the east and west facing slopes. The keys to high quality viticulture at this site are canopy management throughout the growing season (making sure the grapes are exposed to the right amount of sun) and rootstock selection (we used deep rooting, drought-tolerant rootstock).