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.