Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Description
Nestled near the base of Hood Mountain near Kenwood in the resplendent Sonoma Valley, Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Winery stands as a beacon of heritage and premium viticulture. Founded by the Bucklin siblings—Arden, Kate, Ted, and Will—this family-run winery traces its roots back to 1958 when their grandmother, Adelaid, set the cornerstone by purchasing a ranch that would become the cradle of their vineyard dreams. It wasn’t until the fortuitous purchase of Old Hill Ranch in 1981 by their mother Anne and stepfather Otto Teller that the Bucklin family’s legacy truly began to flourish.
The location of Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Winery, amidst the picturesque landscapes of Sonoma Valley, is more than just a backdrop. It’s the very essence of their winemaking philosophy. The vineyards, sprawled across the ancient grounds of Old Hill, breathe life into the Bucklin Winery’s exquisite offerings. Each vine, each grape, tells the story of a family’s journey and a steadfast commitment to the land.
It was in this historical context that the Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Ancient Field Blend found its roots. The vineyard, a patchwork of biodiversity, is a living archive of over 30 grape varieties. These vines, some dating back to the 19th century, intertwine to create the Bucklin Ancient Field Blend—a testament to the rich viticultural heritage and the unique terroir of Sonoma Valley.
The farming practices at Bucklin Old Hill Ranch are a mirror to the family’s profound respect for nature and sustainability. Inspired by the environmental stewardship of Otto Teller, an early advocate of organic farming, the vineyard thrives under a regimen of ecological harmony. The Bucklin family espouses dry farming—a practice that not only underscores their commitment to preserving precious water resources but also accentuates the depth and character of their wines. The absence of irrigation forces the vines to delve deep into the soil, drawing out the nuanced flavors and minerals that define the uniqueness of their wines.
Bucklin Winery’s devotion to land stewardship extends beyond mere farming techniques. It’s a holistic approach that interweaves soil health, biodiversity, and a bond with the local ecosystem. The introduction of cover crops, compost, and a no-till philosophy enriches the soil, enhancing its structure and fertility. This meticulous care is evident in the quality of the grapes and the distinctive palate of their wines.
The winemaking process at Bucklin Old Hill Ranch is a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation. The wines, particularly the Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Ancient Field Blend, are a canvas where the past and present merge. Each bottle is a curated expression of the vineyard’s rich diversity, embodying the intricate balance and profound depth that only a field blend can manifest. The winery’s portfolio is a celebration of Zinfandel, the cornerstone of their vineyard, complemented by a thoughtful array of varietals that reflect the rich tapestry of Old Hill Ranch.
In every glass of Bucklin wine, one savors not just the flavors of meticulously nurtured vineyards but also the legacy of a family deeply rooted in Sonoma Valley. The Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Winery, with its enduring commitment to ecological stewardship and the art of winemaking, continues to craft wines that are not just beverages but narratives of a rich, historical tapestry interwoven with the essence of the land they cherish. As each vintage gracefully ages, it carries forward the legacy of the Bucklin family, a testament to their love for the vine, the land, and the timeless journey of winemaking.