Andy Mitchell is director of viticulture with Hahn Family Wines in Soledad, Calif. The family-owned operation has evolved from Bordeaux varietals to Burgundean varietals over the last 15 years, in part due to cool-growing conditions.
Pinot Noir wine grapes are planted on about half of the 1,100 acres. Hahn Estate is the largest Pinot Noir grower in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA.
The Hahn family includes Nicky and Gaby (center), plus son Philippe and daughter Caroline.
A loud, propane-powered Zon cannon helps keep large flocks (“dragons”) of starlings and blackbirds out of the wine grape vineyards.
Mitchell and the entire Hahn staff are proud of the many changes at the Hahn operation.
Mitchell checks on grape vines in the Smith & Hook Vineyard.
The Soledad area is under the marine influence from Monterey Bay which creates cooler wine grape-growing conditions and a longer hang time on the vine.
Change is constant for the Hahn family of Soledad, Calif. Since 1980, the family has produced high-quality wine grapes. The continuation of this goal has included major changes to enhance quality and profitability at the vineyard and winery levels.
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