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.