Winery


Ten years, seven vintages, and two estate vineyard plantings later, we have finally built our own winery!  While we are so thankful for the years spent building the Epoch name and honing in on our winemaking style at Denner’s facilities, we are beyond excited about our first harvest in our new home!  This super-swanky winery boasts the rustic elegance of times gone by, complemented by clean lines of modern architecture

Nestled into the oak covered hills of York Mountain, the 17,000 square foot state-of-the-art winery slips into the natural surroundings.  To ensure the natural beauty was not obstructed, we placed most of the winery beneath the earth by utilizing a cut-and-cover method.  This allows the winery to literally blend into the landscape, and in-turn provides our barrel room with natural temperature control – a win, win for all!


 

Photographs by Casey Dunn      

Designed with both simplicity and flexibility in mind, these past 10 years have allowed us the time to study our vineyards so that we could deliberately design a winery to fit our winemaking style.  Outfitted with the essentials that make up a winemaker’s dream, our new winery is comprised of multiple outbuildings assembled under one steel-framed roof.  Upon entering the modern-meets-rustic winery, the crush pad boasts a basket and bladder press.  Allowing gravity to be the force once fruit is pressed, the basked press sits atop a six-foot cast-in-place, concrete platform.  Walking through the handcrafted, reclaimed redwood doors, the two-part fermentation room is equipped with an assortment of vessels, including sixteen custom designed concrete and stainless steel tanks.


 

Photographs by Brittany App

Weighing in at 14,000 pounds each, ten handcrafted, board-formed concrete tanks rest atop a cast-in-place, concrete ledge within the sleek fermentation room.  Designed for function with visual appeal, each tank boasts a conical shape (inside and out), allowing greater cap compression for the fermenting fruit.  Each of the handcrafted tanks is fitted with glycol tubes running through the five-inch thick walls, providing flexibility for fermenting or aging wines.  We are stoked about these new vessels, as Jordan worked side-by-side with local tank manufacture, Micah Utter of Vino Vessel, to bring these big boys to life!

Six stainless steel tanks were also specifically designed for our space.  These tanks give the winemaking team the ability to ferment, age, and to use as blending tanks prior to bottling.  So not to obstruct the elegance of the sixteen custom tanks, the winery strategically placed the catwalk and railings behind the vessels and installed a safety harness fall protection system to preserve the beauty of these one-of-a-kind tanks.

The awe-inspiring barrel room will be naturally cooled by the mass of earth surrounding the unique cast-in-place, board-formed concrete that makes up the ceiling, walls, and floors.  Two oculi skylights are strategically placed to allow the natural daylight to filter into the room.  This area is not only a place to store aging wine, it also lends Jordan a warming/cooling room to jumpstart wines that may need a little help from a temperature change.


Photograph by Brittany App  

Photograph Casey Dunn     

The entire winery has been integrated with night cooling.  To keep in line with our sustainable strategies, we are also equiped with a photovoltaic system that will provide 95% of our energy.  These components, coupled with the natural day lighting allows the terroir of York Mountain to mingle with the terroir that our grapes exude when brought into the winery.  Terroir is not just at the vineyard site.  To us, terroir is also found where we craft the wines.  These deliberate and desired elements continue to give the winemaking team the creativity and flexibility necessary to make the crazy, delicious wines for which we are known. 

Photographs by Brittany App

We would love to but we are not able to offer public winery tours. 
Thank you for understanding.

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