York Mountain Climate & WIne Production
The Impact of Climate on York Mountain Wine Production
During the growing season, York Mountain has a cooler climate and higher rainfall than the larger Paso Robles AVA. The region is classified as a Region II on the UC Davis Heat Summation Scale. On average, York Mountain gets 45 inches of rain compared to only 14 in Paso Robles.
York Mountain is right at the opening of the Templeton gap and is influenced by cool, coastal breezes. Despite this coastal influence, the AVA sits at about 1,500 feet above sea level, and is generally sunny. Temperatures during the growing season range from a low of 40 degrees Fahrenheit at night to a high of 90 degrees during the day.
The region’s climate produces wines that are leaner and more acidic than their eastern cousins. Whereas Paso Robles is known for big, fruit forward wines, York Mountain makes restrained, fresh wines that exhibit rare finesse in the New World.
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