Chalk Hill Vet Joins Paso Robles' Epoch Estate

Epoch Estate Wines, producer of ultra-premium Rhone variety wines from west Paso Robles, has announced the appointment of Jordan Fiorentini as its new winemaker.

Fiorentini was most recently the Director of Winemaking at Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery in Sonoma County, where she made critically acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Bordeaux-style blends and red Rhone variety wines.

A native of Georgia, Fiorentini  grew up as part of a wine-loving family, developing a keen interest in wine at a young age. After graduating with an undergraduate liberal arts degree from Dartmouth College, she immersed herself in the world of wine. Jordan holds a Master’s degree in Enology and Viticulture from the University of California at Davis, where she also worked as a research and teaching assistant for legendary professor Anne Noble.

Prior to joining Chalk Hill, Fiorentini worked at the famed Antinori winery in Italy as well as the Araujo Estate winery in the Napa Valley.

At Epoch Estate, she will be responsible for leading all aspects of Epoch’s vineyard management and winemaking activities.

“We couldn’t be more excited that Jordan decided to make the move from the Sonoma/Napa region to west Paso Robles and join us in our pursuit of crafting world-class wines,” said Epoch founder Bill Armstrong.

Fiorentini joins a team that already includes Consulting Winemaker Justin Smith of the acclaimed Saxum Vineyards in west Paso Robles; General Manager Matt Hobbs, who was previously General Manager at Paul Hobbs Winery in Sonoma County; and veteran vineyard manager John Crossland.

“I’m extremely excited about coming to west Paso Robles to grow and make wine,” Fiorentini said. “I couldn’t pass up this rare opportunity to join a terrific venture in an amazing wine region with so much potential and such a bright future. I fell in love with the site-driven Rhone varieties produced here.”

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