Kick Ranch has become a “reference point” vineyard for Rhone varietal grapes in Sonoma County, as well as highly sought after sauvignon blanc grapes. In 2016, Kick Ranch harvested its first cabernet sauvignon grapes from vineyard blocks replanted in 2014. The vineyard is on a beautiful hillside planted on historic land – a vineyard flourished there by 1880.
Many of our winery clients have released Kick Ranch vineyard designated wines. We are honored that so many wineries have chosen to make wines from Kick Ranch grapes. They also make some remarkable wines with grapes sourced from other vineyards. I encourage you to learn about each of these wineries and to buy and enjoy their wines! This page links you to all the wineries now buying Kick Ranch grapes.
You also can learn about wines made from Kick Ranch grapes by joining Cellar Tracker or reading reviews posted on this website about Kick Ranch wines.
The history of Aril wines is a love story. A love story about a beautiful little vineyard perched above the Napa Valley. And a love story about a wine that changed their lives. Joanne and Harmon met in Telluride, Colorado, where he was running a popular restaurant, and she was heavily involved in the Telluride Foundation. They began to talk of food and wine, and then of many other things. What started as a romance grew into a strong partnership and a dream. Harmon had run a winery in Napa, and Joanne had always loved the classic Syrahs of the Rhone Valley and Provence…wines enjoyed by connoisseurs and French Kings.
The dream grew into reality via a small property in the hills above the Napa Valley with just a tiny block of the finest Syrah vines. As a symbol for the winery, Joanne selected the pomegranate tree that they planted there in the garden. Aril is the deeply red cover of the seeds of the pomegranate, a color that Joanne finds in the heart of their Syrahs. The wines are not products, but journeys from the vine to the bottle, and each journey is a unique experience to be enjoyed with friends and loved ones. Aril is our passion, and we are pleased to share it with the world.
Kick Ranch grows Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah grapes for Aril.
My family immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1960. The existential problem for my family was my grandfather Arturo’s company was one of the most successful leaf tobacco distributors in Cuba. When the revolution shook the Island and all brands were nationalized, there was nothing left to be done and my Grandfather returned to Asturias in Spain.
Given the challenges the cigar business had presented to my family, I chose a different path, despite my love of horticulture. However, in 1999 an event changed my life forever in the form of a 1995 Brunello di Motalcino. I had never had a wine remotely like this and it set a course for where we are today.
Fast forward – in 2008 we came out to Sonoma County and never looked back. We acquired the “Mi Cielo” Vineyard in the Alexander Valley in 2011. We have invested a great deal of time and effort to make this the small gem it has become, a genuine boutique vineyard producing beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon. Through the years I also have sought out relations with some of the best vineyards in Sonoma County, and I will slowly be introducing more Rhone varietals from Russian River and Bennett Valley to our selections.
We are devoted to producing the finest wine from some of the best fruit sourced in Sonoma County. Sonoma is known to have some of the finest wines from a variety of AVAs such as the Alexander Valley, the Russian River and Bennet Valley. It is our goal to provide you with wines that express the beauty of Sonoma County.
When B Cellars’ founder Jim Borsack first encountered his partner Duffy Keys at a Fourth of July barbecue in 2002, both executives were exploring new life paths in the wine business. Over a drop of the good stuff, of course, their journeys became intertwined when they discovered that they not only shared the same tastes in wine but were also on parallel missions to acquire vineyard property.
In the spring of 2003, they scrapped their solo endeavors, formed B Cellars, and got serious about structuring a first-rate wine company predicated upon two absolute principles: first, to produce exceptional artisan wines, season after season, by employing a multi-vineyard strategy, and second, to develop distinct flavors by blending wines from mutually complementary varietals.
The third key player at B Cellars is Kirk Venge named “One of the Top 20 New Winemakers in the World” by Food & Wine Magazine (October 2005).
The B Cellars name and logo stand for a commitment to seasonless excellence. The letter ‘b’ and the degree symbol º refer to BRIX, a wine term which defines the optimal sugar/alcohol content in grape juice that indicates the potential for greatness.
Kick Ranch grows syrah and petite sirah grapes for B Cellars.
Beau Vigne (Bo-Veenya) was founded in 2002 by Ed and Trish Snider.It is a small, family winery with a production of about 4,000 cases per year and known for its Cabernets.
Beau Vigne has a great philosophy to winemaking that hasn’t changed since it began. Although it flys under the radar as a small boutique winery, it does so with impressive stature and enjoys its “hidden gem” status. Beau Vigne is recognized by wine critics as a winery that produces exceptional, intense, balanced, rich and multidimensional wines. Beau Vigne is home to family and extraordinary wines.
Kick Ranch grows syrah grapes for Beau Vigne.
Behrens Family Winery is a boutique winery in the truest sense. Owned by Les Behrens and Lisa Drinkward, who’ve made wine under the Behrens & Hitchcock label since 1993, Behrens Family Winery produces small lots of eight or nine wines a year at its winery perched high on top of Spring Mountain in Napa Valley. Each wine is a low tech labor of love: crushed into one-ton T-bins, punched down by hand, gently transferred to barrel, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Les and Lisa tend to gravitate toward small, interesting and low-yielding vineyard sites, primarily in Napa Valley and Sonoma County, working with growers who they know, like and trust, and who are as obsessive about quality as they are. For Behrens Family Winery, it’s all about letting the vineyards steal the show, and allowing the wines to speak for themselves.
Kick Ranch grows cinsault, grenache, petite sirah, syrah and Sauvignon Blanc grapes for Behrens.
Civilized but not completely domesticated. VGS Chateau Potelle Winery was born in 1980, when owner Jean-Noel Fourmeaux, a French Wine Spy “moved” from Bordeaux to the Napa Valley. VGS Chateau Potelle specializes in small production, hand-made wines from our hillside vineyards high atop Mount Veeder.
The majority of its limited production of 4,800 cases is committed to loyal wine club members, the remainder can be found by visiting the Tasting House & Garden In St. Helena, or by visiting its website: http://www.vgschateaupotelle.com
VGS is an attitude: quality and elegance without pretention.
VGS is a pleasure: to enjoy and to share.
VGS: Good Things Speak for Themselves.
Kick Ranch grows the cinsault grapes used to make the VGS Chateau Potelle Riviera Rose.
Flanagan produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the top vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations. It also produces Cabernet sourced from two mountain vineyards in Sonoma. From Bennett Valley Flanagan produces stunning examples of Merlot and Syrah.
Flanagan’s mission is to create great wines from the best vineyards in Sonoma County. It sources fruit from the best growers in addition to their own sites. Flanagan is committed to farming sustainably and creating a wine business that supports the Sonoma community.
HUNNICUTT is a family-owned winery in Napa Valley that produces small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Chardonnay. The winery was founded in 2002 by Justin Hunnicutt Stephens, who learned the wine business from the ground up via part time jobs in his youth as well as multiple positions in wine production, sales and management early in his career. Located on a hillside in the foothills of Napa’s eastern Vaca Range, HUNNICUTT features an 18,000-foot network of caves cut into the volcanic tuff. The wines are made by Justin’s good friend and noted winemaker Kirk Venge, and are sourced from distinctive Napa Valley and Sonoma County estate vineyards. Marketing and communications are handled by Justin’s wife, Seana Kendrick Stephens, a former advertising executive. www.hunnicuttwines.com.
Idle Cellars is a micro-winery based in Sonoma County who specialize in small lot, vineyard designate wines. We believe in the artistic craft of wine making, and work hands-on from grape selection all the way through to bottling.
Enjoy your Idle moment.
Idle has made delicious wines from Kick Ranch beginning in 2009. In 2016, Kick Ranch grew viognier and grenache grapes for Idle.
In 2008, Kale and Ranko Anderson set out to create Rhone inspired wines from the best vineyards in Northern California under their own label, Kale Wines. Specializing in small production, handcrafted wines, Kale utilizes new technologies as well as ancient techniques to express the unique vineyards’ most delicious characteristics.
Kale grew up in Sonoma County playing baseball at Rincon Valley Little League Park, a few hundred yards away from Kick Ranch. The aptly named Home Run Cuvée is a Southern Rhone inspired blend of syrah, grenache and viognier from Kick Ranch.
In 2016, Kick Ranch grew syrah, grenache and viognier for Kale.
Kelly Fleming Wines is named for the proprietor, who came to Napa Valley in 1998 to create her dream of a small family winery.
Kelly Fleming Wines is located is at the northern end of Napa Valley, near the town of Calistoga. The address for the winery is 2339 Pickett Road, Calistoga, CA 94515. Nestled in secluded Simmons Canyon in Calistoga, this small-production winery is a site to behold. The rustic Provencal-inspired tasting room with its reclaimed wood-beamed ceilings is stunning, but it is the purity and elegance of their wines that inspires awe.
Kelly’s exquisite taste and eye for detail can be seen in every aspect of the company she has built from the ground up, personally overseeing everything from site selection and facility design, to label development, farming decisions, and use permits.
The Winery offers tastings of its current release wines and tours of its caves and winemaking facility by advance appointment. If you are interested in visiting, please call 707-942-6849 or email and they will be happy to help make arrangements for your visit.
Kick Ranch grows Sauvignon Blanc for Kelly Fleming Wines.
Our focus is small production, vineyard designate wines from properties we feel are the most distinctive within their appellation. We have built our portfolio from the ground up on a foundation of strong, collaborative relationships with the growers of some of Napa’s and Sonoma’s most compelling and historical properties.
Meticulous vineyard management followed by minimally-invasive winemaking techniques is our approach for producing wines that express their vineyard origins with utmost finesse, complexity, and authenticity; in other words, wines with a sense of place.
Whether in California or Argentina, where he is the owner/winemaker at Paul Hobbs Winery and Vina Cobos respectively; or in Chile, Hungary and other countries where he is a leading consultant, Paul knows that the essence of profound wines can be traced back to meticulous care and expertise in the vineyard.
“I strive to create richly textured wines of great intensity, complexity, structure and balance that reflect the specific personality of each vineyard site.” — Paul Hobbs
Paul has made a Kick Ranch vineyard designate syrah since the 2005 vintage. In addition, Kick Ranch now grows sauvignon blanc for Crossbarn, part of the Paul Hobbs group of wines.
Raised in a farming family in East Texas, Sanglier’s Glenn Alexander was always drawn to the land. While pursuing a degree in viticulture, he farmed his own organic Cicada Vineyard in the Russian River Valley and began his winemaking education in the cellar at Preston Winery. Soon he was asked to farm for some neighbors and decided to start Bacchus, his own farming company in 2003. Today Bacchus now farms 800 acres of premium vineyards in Sonoma County, including Kick Ranch.
In 2006, with their two children, Dustin and Chelsea, Glenn and his wife, Melissa started Sanglier Cellars. They produced their first vintage as a small four barrel lot of syrah from a vineyard on a sandstone ridgeline west of Healdsburg. In 2007, Sanglier produced its second vintage of syrah from the volcanic soils of Kick Ranch located on the eastern flank of Spring Mountain. Since that time, Sanglier’s wine program has grown to include pinot noir, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, viognier, a traditional skin contact press rosé, and a Chateauneuf-du-Pape styled grenache-syrah-mourvedre blend.
Sanglier emerged from the vineyards Glenn farmed with Bacchus, and took its inspiration from the great wines of France and California. The wines they make are made to be at the dinner table, surrounded by family and friends, and paired with Melissa’s inimitable cooking. Sharing these wines has become one of their great joys.
In 2016, Kick Ranch grew Sauvignon Blanc and Grenache for Sanglier.
Since our small winery’s first vintage in 1991, our goal has been to create handcrafted, full-flavored wines that express the personality of the unique Sonoma County vineyards where they are grown. Fred first became known for zinfandel from his father’s Alexander Valley vineyard, and now his careful hand with pinot noir from the Russian River and Sonoma County has quietly gained attention and a steady following. That same attention has made chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and syrah that exemplify the bounty of Sonoma County vineyards.
Since 1991, Fred Scherrer has been making handcrafted, full-flavored wines. Kick Ranch grows grenache for Fred.
The winemaking joint venture between wife and husband, Bibiana and Jeff Pisoni. Both had early desires of making wine, and spent most of their lives doing so. The year 2012, however, marked the first vintage that they produced a wine together. Previously, during the grape harvest, Bibiana and Jeff were like the proverbial ships passing in the night. Early grape picks and late nights at the winery left them rarely crossing paths. Now, Bibiana and Jeff do cross paths—to discuss ideas and taste samples. You can sometimes catch them in front of a grapevine, the press, a fermenting tank, or a barrel… most likely with a glass in hand.
Kick Ranch grows sauvignon blanc for Shared Notes.
In 2016, Isabelle Straka and James Nead set out to create a high quality Viognier from the Napa Valley under their label, Straka Wines. The inspiration to craft such a wine came from Isabelle’s father, Michael, who has always had a deep passion for the grape. When a ton of fruit became available in the summer of 2016, they knew it was meant to be. So why the bird? Michael’s family is from the Czech Republic and the name ‘Straka’ translates to magpie in that language. This bird is known for its mischievous personality and its tendency to steal shiny objects. James Nead’s family is from England – the name ‘Nead’ originating from a family of ‘needle-stitchers’ or tailors. This is represented by the gold needle and thread in the bird’s beak. When the opportunity to work with Kick Ranch presented itself, there was no question that the addition of a volcanic and rocky site would contribute beautifully to the Straka Wines program. This unique microclimate characterized by cool nights and foggy mornings lends itself wonderfully to the production of nuanced and site-driven wines, much like the Viognier we aim to produce. We believe that winemaking happens in the vineyard and that a great site, focused farming and minimalist intervention come together to produce wines that are both delicate and pure.
The Venge (ven-ghee) family has farmed vitis viniferra varieties in Napa Valley for nearly a half-century. It is a journey that began when Knud Venge migrated from Denmark to the United States in the early 1900’s. Knud’s son, Per Venge, found his passion in the wine and spirits industry and started Vencom Imports, focusing on the importation of Western European fine wines and spirits. It was Per’s son, Nils Venge, who left the family business in the 1960’s with a vision to study viticulture at UC Davis and establish the family namesake as an icon within the wine-growing community.
Nils’ son, Kirk Venge, gravitated to winemaking at an early age. He proved to be as talented a winemaker as his father, making wines in his own style, with a vision to build his own legacy in the valley. In 2008, Kirk achieved his lifelong dream and acquired full ownership of Venge Vineyards from his family. Today, Kirk continues the Napa Valley heritage, focusing on select vineyard sites that produce fruit worthy of bearing the Venge family name.
Kick Ranch grows syrah and petite sirah for Kirk and several of his wine clients in the Napa Valley.
“I had two goals: to create beautifully structured wines that reflect the vineyards they come from; and to be involved in every aspect making wine” – Karen Cakebred.
Karen’s wine career started in 1988, when she marketed Cakebread Cellars wines in Hong Kong and Singapore. A year later, she moved to Napa Valley .
Karen started ZIATA in 2008 with two varietals, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, which she chose for their food-friendly qualities. She sources grapes from sustainable sources, working closely with the grape growers through the growing season, knowing that efforts made in the vineyard would create better wine than those manipulated in the cellar.
Kick Ranch grows Sauvignon Blanc for ZIATA.