The York Family, Paso wine pioneers and owners of this historic property for more than eighty years, planted vines on this land in 1882, making it one of the first vineyards on the central coast. Despite five name changes, prohibition, and the catastrophic San Simeon Earthquake, York Mountain Winery ran continuously for 119 years, making it one of the longest continuously run wineries in the United States. When we purchased the property in 2010, the site of the York family’s original vineyard was fallow, but we were eager to one day plants vines again on these historic soils.


In the spring of 2015, after much dreaming and planning, we began planting vines at this “cool climate” site. 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.  The soils and climate are very different than our other two vineyards.  The combination of sandstone soils with a very moderate climate due to the even closer proximity to the Pacific Ocean make this site quite the departure from our Paderewski and Catapult Vineyards.  Because of its elevation and distance from the ocean, York Mountain receives more than twice the amount of rainfall as our other vineyards and has characteristic foggy mornings throughout the year with cool breezes all day long.

York Mountain Vineyard® Stats:

Planted: 2015
Acreage: 21 under vine, 128 total
Soils: 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
Farming Practices: Farmed using Organic and Biodynamic practices

York Mountain Vineyard® Wines