In 1882, a trailblazer named Andrew Jackson York, established Ascension Winery on a hill between Paso Robles and the Pacific Coast. He built his winery with bricks (hand-formed and fired on-site) and enormous beams from a dismantled Cayucos pier. York Mountain Winery, as it was renamed once the York sons joined the family business, was the first winery on California's Central Coast. The winery soon became an iconic landmark to locals and folks traveling York Mountain Road - the lifeline between Paso Robles and the coast before Highway 46 West was built. It was here that Ignacy Jan Paderewski brought his prized grapes to be fermented and crafted into award-winning wines.
In 2003, the historic winery sustained catastrophic damage from the San Simeon earthquake, and has been condemned since that time. In 2010, we became the fortunate stewards of this historic 150-acre property, including the historic winery. From the day we received the keys, we knew we wanted to revitalize this historic structure by restoring and transforming the original winery, with our own Epoch twist, into our future tasting room. The transformation is currently in progress with hopes of completion by late summer 2015. When you visit us now, please don't mind our construction as you enjoy seeing history meet the present as we breate life back into this mountain.
The York family also had vineyards on this mountain, and we will too! Currently fallow, in the spring of 2015 we will be planting vines at this "cool climate" site (colder than Burgundy). Just ten miles from the Pacfic Ocean, we look forward to what this land and terrior have to offer.