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Bokisch Vineyards

Bokisch Vineyards

Our Vineyards

A core value at Bokisch Ranches is pride in our work and every one of our team members wants to share our vineyard love with you.

Each vineyard in the Bokisch Ranches portfolio is planned, planted and pampered to maximize the quality of the fruit.  Markus is meticulous about maintaining healthy vines that produce exactly what each winemaker is looking for.  If the fruit coming into the winery is premium the winemaker's job is that much easier and the wine going out stands a fair chance of being great.  Get to know our vineyards.  

Terra Alta Vineyard

This is the first parcel of land Markus and Liz Bokisch purchased and developed into a vineyard. Markus chose this parcel because its climate and soil were almost identical to the vineyards he farmed in the Vaca Mountains of Napa Valley. Those vineyards, just like Terra Alta, were perfect for Mediterranean varieties. He chose to call it "Terra Alta" because it harks back to the wine region near his home town in Catalunya, Spain. This is also the site they chose to build their winery.

Planted: 2000
Varietal(s): Garnacha, Graciano, Albariño , Viognier, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay
Soil Type: Volcanic Clay Loam
Appelation: Clements Hills, Lodi
Acres: 80
Bokisch Wines:
  • Bokisch Vineyards Garnacha
  • Bokisch Vineyards Graciano
  • Bokisch Vineyards Albariño 
  • Bokisch Vineyards Rosado
  • Tizona by Bokisch Late Harvest Graciano

Las Cerezas Vineyard

In 1998, Markus and Liz purchased the Las Cerezas property as their home and they developed the vineyard in 2000. This small 3-acre organic vineyard is "the motherblock" for the Bokisch Spanish varieties. Markus selected these varieties from unique blocks in Spain. This is the first Graciano planting in the new world. The sandy loams of the Mokelumne River area is the birthplace of Lodi's wine history dating from the 1880's.

Planted: 2000
Varietal(s): Graciano, Tempranillo, Albariño
Soil Type: Silty Loam
Appelation: Mokelumne River, Lodi
Acres: 3
Bokisch Wines:
  • Bokisch Vineyards Graciano
  • Bokisch Vineyards Tempranillo
  • Bokisch Vineyards Albariño - Las Cerezas Vineyard

Clay Station Vineyard

The steep rolling hills of Clay Station, the oldest soil Bokisch Ranches farms, are over 450,000 years old. These ancient soils, depleted of nutrients and organic matter, serve well to control the inherit vigor of Verdejo.
Planted: 2011
Varietal(s): Verdejo, Petit Syrah, Malbec, Graciano, Garnacha Blanca
Soil Type: Volcanic Gravelly Clay Loam
Appelation: Borden Ranch, Lodi
Acres: 144
Bokisch Wines:
  • Bokisch Vineyards Verdejo

Liberty Oaks Vineyard

The soils of Liberty Oaks are San Joaquin Clay Loam, which is California's official state soil. Our Tempranillo, planted in 1999, loves clay and has found its best expression in this vineyard. The large Blue Oaks interspersed amongst the vines, are home to families of Swainson's Hawks.

Planted: 1999
Varietal(s): Tempranillo, Pinot Grigio
Soil Type: Volcanic Clay Loam
Appelation: Jahant, Lodi
Acres: 63
Bokisch Wines:
  • Bokisch Vinyards Tempranillo

Vista Luna Vineyard

The hills of Vista Luna are littered with barn owl condos. Our feathered friends scour the vineyards at night to keep the gophers and mice at bay. During night harvest they perch on their condo with their younglings and watch the flurry of activity below them. This remote corner of the Borden Ranch AVA has become a prized source of fruit for many wineries.
Planted: 2005
Varietal(s): Garnacha Blanca, Verdelho, Petit Syrah, Albariño, Chardonnay, Graciano, Zinfandel
Soil Type: Volcanic Gravelly Clay Loam
Appelation: Borden Ranch, Lodi
Acres: 139
Bokisch Wines:
  • Bokisch Vineyards Garnacha Blanca
  • Bokisch Vineyards Verdelho

Kirschenmann Vineyard

The Kirschenmann Vineyard is found within the Victor district of the Mokelumne River AVA. This horseshoe bend in the Mokelumne River is home to one of the highest concentrations of Old Vine Zinfandel blocks. Planted in 1915, these old vines have survived the test of time because of the high quality fruit they produce. This vineyard has taught Markus a valuable lesson: "when farming a vineyard twice your age, you don't tell it what to do, it tells you."

Planted: 1915
Varietal(s): Zinfandel, Pinot Grigio
Soil Type: Silica Rich Sandy Loam
Appelation: Mokelumne River, Lodi
Acres: 18
Bokisch Wines:
  • Tizona Old Vine Zinfandel

Belle Colline Vineyard

Markus was inspired to plant Belle Colline as a varietal collection block after a trip to Aniane, France located in the Languedoc. While there, he met a group of vignerons who were impassioned to create the best wines for the region through varietal exploration. He came back with an intention to do the same for Lodi. Belle Colline is perfectly suited for this type of experimentation because it consists of two distinct soil types, volcanic cobbly clay loam and volcanic ash, known as tufa. Markus planted identical vineyards on each soil type to study the qualitative differences in the terroir.

Planted: 2003
Varietal(s): Monastrell, Barbera, Graciano
Soil Type: Volcanic Gravelly Clay Loam
Appelation: Clements Hills, Lodi
Acres: 5
Bokisch Wines:
  • Bokisch Vineyards Monastrell
  • Bokisch Vineyards Rosado

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