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Bootjack Ranch

located in the geneseo district this ranch is a juxtaposition of calcareous flats & sandy hillsides 

Bootjack Ranch was the property that started it all. We purchased the land in 2001, and have since expanded the original 40 acres of vines with new plantings and graftings to a total of 89 acres. The oldest of our estate vineyards, we know the soils, climate and overall personality of the land very intimately. See vineyard map

Looking out over blocks and rows of vines at Bootjack ranch

climate and soil

The climate at Bootjack Ranch sees a larger diurnal temperature swing than Heart Hill Vineyard, with warmer days and cooler nights that lead to strong varietal development in our red wines. Once an ancient river bed, Bootjack Ranch has two distinct soil profiles: expansive flats of calcareous soils (ancient crustacean remains) and rolling hills of sandy loam. The flat sections have high lime content, while the hillsides are well-draining. Each offers its strengths, and we have been refining our rootstock and varietal choices to determine how to take advantage of the diversity.

Bootjack Ranch's soil types; Calcareous soil and Sandy Loam

rootsock and clone selection

Of our three vineyards, Bootjack Ranch is the most unforgiving: quality is highly dependent on soil management and intelligent vineyard set up (rootstock, spacing and clone selection). We approach this land with a spirit of adventure, and are not afraid to experiment and replant accordingly: we removed approximately 60 acres in 2015 as they were not set up with the right combination of rootstock, varietal and row spacing. Our intention is to let the land rest and replant in the future as needed. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Carmenere are just a few of the varietals that have proven to do very well at this site.  

Looking through rows on hills at Bootjack Ranch with oak trees in the distance


A close up of bright green cover crop between rows at Bootjack Ranch