Shadow Canyon Vineyard
York Mountain AVA


Adjacent to the west portion of the Paso Robles AVA, the York Mountain AVA is quite the individual.  Set amongst an oak forest, and just miles from the Pacific Ocean, York Mountain is one of the smallest AVA's in California at only 640 acres.  This mountain is not a stranger to vineyards, as it is home to the first bonded winery on the Central Coast, which was established in 1882.  Though only gaining AVA status in 1983, others have long seen how special this mountain is, and I am so lucky to source fruit from this magical place.

The mountain is abundant with low-vigor soils and steep slopes.  Seven miles, as the crow flies, from the Pacific Ocean, this tiny AVA is the fortunate recipient of soft morning fog, cool ocean breezes throughout the day and long hours of sunshine.  These unique attributes contribute to an extended growing season thus producing balanced fruit with refined intensity and characters unique to vineyards found closer to the coast.   

When owner, Gary Gibson, purchased this property in 1996 he knew this cool-climate area would be the perfect place to grow Grenache and Syrah.  To do this, he himself spent two years building the road, fences and adding underground electrical before planting in 1998.  That hard work has resulted in fruit I’m very proud to showcase at Nicora.


Vineyard Distinction Nicora Distinction
AVA: York Mountain Block Exposure: Southwest
Elevation: 1,500 feet Varieties: Syrah
Planted: 1998 Found In: Shadow CanyonVineyard Designate
Soil Composition: sandy, loamy  

Acreage: 11