Fred and Donna Boots started Indian Peak Vineyards as a hobby project in their backyard in Cottonwood, CA in 1996. In 1998 they made a decision to turn their hobby into a business and subsequently in 1999 they bought property in Manton, California.
They planted the first grapevines in 2000. In 2004, Indian Peak became a bonded winery and harvested their first commercial crop. In 2006, the fruits of the family labor finally went to the retail market place and, as the saying goes, “the rest is history…”
2014 marks ten years of growing exceptional grapes and producing award winning wines in the small foothill community of Manton California. Ten years ago Indian Peak Vineyards started construction on the first bonded winery in Manton, having the facility completed for the 2004 fall harvest.
Indian Peak Vineyards is owned and operated by Fred and Donna Boots, who work countless hours together, with family and friends to bring you their new and exciting wines. It was their assessment that Manton could produce high end varietal wines. The first Manton vineyards were planted in the mid 1970s by Jerry Dobson at about 2500 ft elevation. Chardonnay and Syrah were the varieties that survived best at that elevation. These grapes were shipped to Hopland CA and used in Fetzer wines.
Indian Peak’s seven acre vineyard is at 2200ft and slopes to the West. This 300 ft lower elevation from the Dobson vineyard allows the Bordeaux varietals grown there to fully ripen. Our summertime temperatures reach 100+ degrees, but as soon as the sun sets, the cool air from Mt Lassen comes down and covers the vineyard. We usually wake to 57 degrees. This daily temperature swing allows these Bordeaux varietals to develop wonderful complexities.
The rocky red volcanic soil adds a unique minerality that our fans love and expect in our lineup of premium wines. Fred, our winemaker, uses what he calls a “low input” style of winemaking. “Let the grapes and the terroir do the talking”. He doesn’t try to manipulate the wine to be something it is not. All of our red wines are aged in a mixture of small French, American, and Hungarian oak barrels for a minimum of 21 months. Our reserve wines for 33 months.
Indian Peak’s business concept was shown to be correct last year with the release of their 2009 reserve wines. One of their best selling wines is the 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon priced at $70.00 per bottle. Who would have ever thought that wine of this quality could be grown in the foothills of Eastern Tehama County?
As for the Manton community, Alger Vineyards had the first wine tasting room in 2003, followed by Indian Peak, Shasta Daisy, Ringtail, and Cedar Crest Vineyards. Now, on any given weekend you can visit five wineries in Manton. With the help of Mt. Lassen Park and the Monastery of St. John, we have visitors from Alaska to Uruguay, Sweden to South Africa, Montenegro to China. These travelers are usually quite surprised at the quality of wine they find in our village, that no one's ever heard of. We are truly blessed to meet these world travelers and the exciting part is, we never know who we will meet next.
The ability of Manton to thrive as a wine region has been made possible by all the support we get from our local communities. Without the North state wine enthusiasts discovering what a fun and exciting adventure they can have in Manton, our success may have never been realized.
Thank you for your support. Cheers.