THE STRUCTURES

From the moment we were given the keys to the York Mountain property in 2010, our dreams of breathing life back into this historic and beloved destination began to take form. Since then, we have been busy making these dreams a reality. We have remodeled a charming 1898 farmhouse, built a horse barn that rivals the best in Texas (proudly sporting a “Big Ass Fan” no less), updated a quaint cottage, built our dream winery on the location of an old school house, and transformed the original York Mountain Winery, built in 1882, into our permanent Tasting Room…

With each project, our intention was to reuse materials when able, while simultaneously creating beautiful, functional structures that blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. We are proud to be stewards of this land and legacy, and we are excited about preserving the past while building our own legacy atop York Mountain…

THE WINERY

Ten years, seven vintages, and two estate vineyard plantings passed before we had our own winery. While we are so thankful for the years spent building the Epoch name and honing in on our winemaking style at Denner’s facilities, we were beyond ecstatic to move into our own winery days before Harvest 2014 began. This super-swanky winery boasts the rustic elegance of times gone by, complemented by clean lines of modern architecture…

Nestled into the oak covered hills of York Mountain, the 17,000 square foot state-of-the-art winery slips into the natural surroundings. To ensure the natural beauty was not obstructed, we placed most of the winery beneath the earth by utilizing a cut-and-cover method. This allows the winery to literally blend into the landscape, and in-turn provides our barrel room with natural temperature control – a win, win for all!

 

Weighing in at 14,000 pounds each, ten handcrafted, board-formed concrete tanks rest atop a cast-in-place, concrete ledge within the sleek fermentation room. Designed for function with visual appeal, each tank boasts a conical shape (inside and out), allowing greater cap compression for the fermenting fruit. Each of the handcrafted tanks is fitted with glycol tubes running through the five-inch thick walls, providing flexibility for fermenting or aging wines. Jordan worked side-by-side with local tank manufacture, Micah Utter of Vino Vessel, to bring these big boys to life…

Six stainless steel tanks were also specifically designed for our space. These tanks give the winemaking team the ability to ferment, age, and blend prior to bottling. So as not to obstruct the elegance of the sixteen custom tanks, the winery strategically placed the catwalk and railings behind the vessels and installed a safety harness fall protection system to preserve the beauty of these one-of-a-kind tanks.

 

The awe-inspiring barrel room is naturally cooled by the mass of earth surrounding the unique cast-in-place, board-formed concrete that makes up the ceiling, walls, and floors. Two oculi skylights are strategically placed to allow the natural daylight to filter into the room. This area is not only a place to store aging wine, it also lends Jordan a warming/cooling room to jumpstart wines that may need a little help from a temperature change…

The entire winery has been integrated with night cooling. To keep in line with our sustainable strategies, we are also equipped with a photovoltaic system that provides 95% of our energy. These components, coupled with the natural day light allows the terroir of York Mountain to mingle with the terroir that our grapes exude when brought into the winery. We believe that terroir is not just at the vineyard site; terroir is also found where we craft the wines. These deliberate and desired elements continue to give the winemaking team the creativity and flexibility necessary to make the crazy, delicious wines for which we are known…

NEW TASTING ROOM

Holding a well-storied past, the historic York Mountain Winery was established in 1882, making it the first bonded winery on the Central Coast. Over the next 120 years, this Winery lived through Prohibition, a handful of name changes, various owners (most often within the York family who owned it until 1970), many, many bottles of wine, and so much more. Through it all, the Winery operated continuously until 2001. In 2003, the San Simeon Earthquake hit California causing York Mountain Winery catastrophic damage that left this beloved building condemned. In 2010, Bill and Liz Armstrong purchased the property out of foreclosure with the intent of revitalizing this historic landmark and making it part of our Epoch story. After years of restoration and permitting, York Mountain Winery is FINALLY open again as our new Tasting Room!

A full reconstruction of York Mountain Winery by Lake Flato Architects and B.K Architect LLC breathes new life into the design, while honoring the historic integrity of the site. This includes the careful and loving preservation of the original redwood beams as well as the bricks that were fired on property in 1906. These bricks along with the stones from the original cellar have been incorporated back into the structure with perfect precision. A basket press that was once used by the York brothers now sits amongst the rafters to replicate the original positioning which allowed gravity to bring juice from the crushed grapes to the main floor. This modern-meets-rustic space showcases and celebrates the York Legacy as it simultaneously beckons the future of Epoch.

We know how beloved this building and property are for so many long-time York Mountain patrons, and we are beyond thrilled to open its historic doors once again as the next chapter in our Epoch story.

Fun fact: Ignacy Jan Paderewski (the namesake of our Paderewski Vineyard) once brought harvested grapes from his vineyard to York Mountain where the York brothers turned this fruit into wine. We love bringing this winemaking story back to life, as fruit from this land is once again being crafted into wine on York Mountain.

THE FARMHOUSE

Sixteen years after building York Mountain Winery, Andrew York, constructed the Farmhouse in 1898. (We dig his priorities!) The home was a comforting place for his family as they lived their dream of growing grapes and producing wine atop York Mountain.

 

Through the years, the Farmhouse underwent many updates, yet nothing as great as our full remodel in 2013. The original home consisted of only the center section of today’s structure. The kitchen (an old cabin) was added in the early 1900s, and the great room was built in the 1970s. In 2013, we took the Farmhouse down to the studs for its most comprehensive renovation to date!…

When restoring the historic Farmhouse, we knew it would take more than a can of paint and new cabinets to breathe life back into the structure. This once abandoned house needed a major makeover to let the charm of original craftsmanship shine. To lead the restoration, we enlisted our in-house architect, Steve George. We wanted the completed home to reflect the historic integrity and charm of the original Farmhouse while incorporating today’s modern conveniences and amenities.

 

Before renovation could begin, the Farmhouse needed to be stabilized with a new foundation…no easy undertaking! Once sturdy, the house was stripped down to the studs, ridding the premise of asbestos, lead paint, and black mold. Good riddance! Removal of the walls and floors revealed a maze of haphazard electrical and plumbing, along with the fireplace’s brick chimney that curved through the inside of the walls to connect to the smokestack that served the stove in the kitchen. Needless to say, we had our work cut out for us, but we were on a mission to bring this iconic Farmhouse back to life…

Looking to the past helped guide many of the visual features found throughout the finished home. To achieve our restoration goals, we hired several specialized craftsmen. Thanks to their particular trades and passions, we were able to restore many of the original windows, save the linoleum-covered wood floors, and even carve a few interior doors to match the originals.

 

Details were key to this project! When it came to the finishing touches, we searched far and wide to adorn the home with reflections of the past. The light fixtures and switches along with certain furniture pieces resemble those used at the turn of the 20th century, including the wrought-iron bed frames found in each beautifully designed suite…

Be it by gazing at the Farmhouse walls lined with images of times gone by, cooking a meal in the spacious kitchen bathed in California’s natural light, or by taking in the views of the mountain range that hug this magical section of west Paso Robles, this charming and historic Farmhouse is once again a place for family and friends to relish in memories of the past and dream of the future atop York Mountain…