Ignacy Jan Paderewski


They don't come much greater than Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and we are honored to bring back to life the vineyard he loved so much in his American home away from home, Paso Robles, California.  Paderewski was an unparalleled pianist, an American and Polish patriot, a poet, a generous philanthropist, a Polish citizen, a politician and of course, a Paso Roblan!
 
Born in Poland in 1860, Ignacy Jan Paderewski was renowned as the most famous and popular pianist of his day - the Elvis of his time!  He traveled by private train throughout the United States in the early 1900s performing concerts in sold-out town squares and halls. Paderewski was the first pianist to perform solo at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  He spoke seven languages, and in 1919 became Prime Minister of newly independent Poland. 
 

In 1913, Paderewski visited Paso Robles seeking the healing effects of its hot sulfur-rich mineral baths for his rheumatism.  He fell in love with the town of Paso Robles, (who wouldn't) as well as with the surrounding land with its rolling, rocky hills that reminded him of his Polish homeland.  This love for the area drove Paderewski to purchase over 2,000 acres on the west side of town, and established Rancho San Ignacio where he planted Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.  Once harvest time, Paderewski would take his grapes to the York Mountain Winery where they were crafted into award-winning wines.  Paderewski's Paso Robles wines would receive numerous accolades, including praise from the Los Angeles Times noting his wines were "more coveted than his music." 

As things do, this story has come full circle.  Sitting fallow for many years, we are proud stewards of 350-acres of Paderewski's original rancho, now appropriately named Paderewski Vineyard.  Drawn to this land for many of the same reasons as Paderewski, we planted 65-acres of wine grapes in 2004, including Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, along with Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Cinsault, Counoise, Viognier, and Grenache Blanc.

To continue this full cirlce story, with the 2014 harvest, fruit from this sought after land, once again, made its way to the historic York Mountain where our winemaker, Jordan Fiorentini crafts the highly-acclaimed wines for Epoch Estate Wines.  We are beyond thrilled to be the stewards who brought this vineyard back to life, and to crush our fruit in our very own winery atop the historic York Mountain as Paderewski once did.  Today, you can visit us at our Tasting Room to take in a bit of the past as you taste through our wines that pay homage to Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

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