Dick and Pam Niner purchased Heart Hill with the intention to plant vines and build a winery and tasting room. Of the 58 plant-able acres on the property, 20 were planted in the spring of 2007. Varietals include Grenache blanc, along with some of the varieties they have at Bootjack Ranch, including Syrah, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Plans are in the works to build a state-of-the-art winery, and an inviting tasting room including a demonstration kitchen for visiting chefs, a private wine club lounge and patio facilities. An exact completion date is difficult to predict, but a grand opening is tentatively planned for harvest, 2009.
The Niner family first purchased Bootjack Ranch in 1999. It is currently comprised of 125 planted acres. Varietals include Sauvignon Blanc, Barbera, Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Additionally, there are smaller blocks of blenders Malbec, Carmenère, and Petit Verdot.
In addition to winegrapes, Smoot and Niner vineyard manager Jerry Grant have planted a grove of about 50 olive trees. They plan to add another two acres (about 200 more trees) next year. Just as grapes thrive in the Mediterranean-like climate, so do olive trees. The trees add a beautiful element to the landscape, and Dick and Pam intend to eventually press the olives to make their own Niner olive oil.