Epoch 12 Days of Christmas: Day 3

On the third day of Christmas

Epoch gave to me

Three Beautiful Vineyards!

Bill and Liz Armstrong

When setting out on our “crazy” quest to make wine, we did not have our sights set on any particular wine region. However, we knew two things for sure: we loved wines made from Rhone varieties, and being geologists, we understood the importance terroir plays in the making of world-class wines. Upon extensive research and travel, we kept coming back to Paso Robles for the weather, unique soils, hilliness, and extreme temperature swings that are known to this region and are found within each of our vineyard sites – Paderewski, Catapult, and York Mountain.



Travel just west of Paso Robles, and you will find Paderewski Vineyard: 67 acres of undulating, steep, limestone rich hillsides within 570 rural, spring-fed acres. In the early 1900’s, this vineyard was cherished and farmed by world-renowned pianist, Polish diplomat, and vintner, Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Fast forward a century, and this property stood forgotten and fallow. Lucky for us, in 2004, we became the stewards of this amazing piece of property. With a specific vision and mission to bring this historic vineyard back to life, the Epoch story began.


Paderewski Vineyard Stats:

Planted: 2004
Acreage: 95 under vine, 570 total
Soils: limestone, calcareous, rocky
pH: low to mid 8
AVA: Paso Robles
District: Willow Creek
Red Varietals: Grenache, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Zinfandel
White Varietals: Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, and Viognier




Directly in the heart of the Paso Robles’ Templeton Gap, near the acclaimed L’Aventure and Booker Vineyards, sits our Catapult Vineyard. In 2008 we came across 45 barren acres of extreme rocky soils packed with silicious shale and little limestone content. Just the type of soils we love; soils that encourage the vines to struggle while finding nourishment deep within the ground. The reward of this hardworking vine are berries packed with wicked complexity and intense flavors.


Catapult Vineyard Stats:

Planted: 2008
Acreage: 28 under vine, 45 total
Soils: shale, clay, silt, rocky
pH: high 5s
AVA: Paso Robles
District: Willow Creek
Red Varietals: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Tempranillo
White Varietals: Grenache Blanc,Roussane, and Viognier



The York family had vineyards on this mountain, and now we do too! In the spring of 2015, after much dreaming and planning, we began planting vines at this “cool climate” site (colder than Burgundy). Located just seven miles from the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 1,500 feet, this property falls in the small 640 acre York Mountain AVA, which is outside of the very large Paso Robles AVA.


York Mountain Vineyard Stats:

Planted: 2015
Acreage: 21 under vine, 128 total
Soils: sand, fragmented and fractured sandstone
pH: high 4s to mid 6s
AVA: York Mountain
Red Varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon
White Varietals: Viognier and Roussanne


To honor Paderewski, Catapult and York Mountain, we have dedicated our 2019 Rosé to our land as it contains grapes from all three of our vineyards.