In 1980, founders Nicky and Gaby Hahn released their first wine from the Santa Lucia Highlands. A mere eight years later, Nicky led the charge to establish SLH as an American Viticultural Area, a dream he saw realized in 1991. Sadly, Nicky passed away a few ago but his overwhelming contribution to the landscape of the California winelands was celebrated shortly beforehand with the ultimate accolade from Wine Enthusiast: 2017 American Wine Pioneer.
Today, Hahn Family Wines is run by Nicky and Gaby’s son Philip. They own 650 acres of estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands and SLH enjoys worldwide acclaim for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made there. They own a further 450 acres in Arroyo Seco, on the Salinas Valley floor at the base of the Santa Lucia mountains.
Hahn’s commitment to sustainability
As a family-owned and operated winery, sustainable winegrowing is not only something they do at Hahn Family Wines, it is integral to their business. Hahn were one of the first wineries in the Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco AVAs to have all estate vineyards (Lone Oak, Doctor’s, Smith, Hook, Ste. Nicolaus and Ste. Philippe) certified under the rigorous Sustainability in Practice, or SIP certification program. This strict third-party program is the gold standard for sustainable vineyard certification in the USA. It challenges growers and wine producers to review, implement and amend practices impacting the earth, its people and future generations while offering buyers and consumers a trustworthy seal that guarantees conscientious quality.
SIP Certification program: Caring for People, Planet and Prosperity
Being SIP Certified shows Hahn’s dedication to the 3 P’s of Sustainability – People, Planet, Prosperity. They are committed to the ‘3 P’ approach and measure the following set of practices in their environmental efforts: biological diversity, soil conservation, vineyard management, safe pest management, energy conservation, water quality and conservation, waste and pollution control, social equity and economic viability.
Hahn Founder's Series - SIP Certified
Known for being supple and accessible, Hahn Founder’s Series wines are sourced from five vineyards in California’s Monterey County and Santa Lucia Highlands.
Hahn SLH Estate - SIP Certified
Winemaker Paul Clifton eloquently sums these wines up saying ‘they encompass the soil, the climate, and the soul itself of the Santa Lucia Highlands.’
Named after the velocipede bicycle this wine is far from an uncomfortable ride - it is big, bold, intense and sustainably farmed in Lodi.
Smith & Hook
The Cabernet Sauvignon from the ranches of Smith and Hook continue to impress. The packaging reflects this unique ranch-turned vineyard and emphasises quality.
Located in Santa Lucia Highlands Lucienne is a micro-winery within the Hahn premises and these are vineyard select bottlings under the Lucienne label. There is also a Chardonnay in the range.