Get the Dirt about Overland Wines from owner/grower Dick Keenan

3 Jul

OverlandPeople1. What was your first vintage year? 2010

2. How many cases do you make per vintage? We have grown from 400 to abut 900 cases annually

3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No. But private vineyard torus and tastings are available by appointment. 707-583-1854

4. If not you, who is your winemaker? Glenn Alexander

5. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? My wife and I own the Kick Ranch vineyard in Sonoma County. We stated the winery with two goals – to learn to be a better winegrower and to showcase wines made from Kick Ranch, which now has had 75 90+ wines made from the vineyard’s grapes.

6. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? All the grapes grown at Kick Ranch – Sauvignon Blanc and Rhone varietals

7. What varietals do you work with? Which varietal/wine is your favorite to make? Why?

Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre.

My favorite wine to make may be Sauvignon Blanc because it heralds each vintage.


8. What type of oak treatment do you use? Our sauvignon blanc has about 20% new and neutral French oak; the reds all are aged in French Oak barrels, about 10-20% new depending on the varietal.

9. What do you love about your winemaking region? What makes it different special? Sonoma County is a wonderful winemaking community, blessed with exceptional terroir, weather and winemakers. Our Overland wines are sourced from 100% Kick Ranch fruit Making vineyard designate wines requires meticulous farming. 18 Sonoma and Napa wineries make wine now from Kick Ranch. These winemakers rely on me to grow exceptional fruit and we do.

overlandlabel10. What’s the story behind your name/label? We feature a distinctive label and bottles that honor the 19th Century settling of the land we farm as Kick Ranch.

We tell this story on our back label: “Our story begins in 1854, when a pioneer family walked overland almost 2000 miles, across plans, mountains and deserts. They followed the Gold Rush “Argonauts” to start a new life in California and settled the land we now farm. Our motto is “Wines of Promise, Effort and Optimism.”

11. What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about the wine business before you started your own winery? Well, two things – first that it requires time and passion and second that it is very humbling.

12. What do you love about small-lot winemaking? Anything you DON’T love about it? I love the focus, constant effort and intensity behind wine growing and wine making. On the flip side, that focus and constant effort requires a great deal of time.

13. Do you still have a day job? If so, do you mind sharing what it is? For 8 years, I also worked as a trial lawyer. Now I juggle growing grapes for 18 wineries (and winemakers) and establishing Overland Wines.

To learn more about Overland Wines, please visit their website or follow them on FACEBOOK.

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