Major events and dates in the history of the Kick Ranch vineyard
1854 A determined family traveled to California almost 2000 miles by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail across open plains, mountains and desert. Outside the new village of Santa Rosa they established a “fine ranch” with orchards and 25 acres of vineyards, later lost by Prohibition.
2000-2001 Land purchased, Vineyard graded and work done to improve vineyard soils. Reservoir constructed. Vineyard planting contracts from Kenwood Vineyards & Winery and Rosenblum Cellars
2002 Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Petite Sirah blocks planted
2003 Upper hillside Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier blocks planted
2004 Kenwood Vineyards releases syrah acreage that later is contracted to Pax Wine Cellars, Paul Hobbs Winery and other premium Sonoma County wineries.
2005 Kick Ranch vineyard management begun by Glenn Alexander of Bacchus Vineyard Management with goal of establishing Kick Ranch as source of ultra-premium fruit.
2017 Tubbs Fire affected Kick Ranch...Fires roared through and around Kick Ranch on Monday October 9, 2017 around sunrise. It seems that the fires raced down our vineyard creek beds, and as they spilled over the tops of banks they burned or set fire to whatever was close. In various vineyard blocks, grasses between the vine rows burned, and some leaves in outer rows dried up, but the heat was not enough to melt drip lines. Kick Ranch had minimal damage and was largely unharmed compared to the houses and vineyards in the area. #sonomastrong
2018 Kick Ranch has new owners! Kick Ranch was sold to its new stewards, Mark and Beth Hanson - native Californians with roots in the wine industry.