When Nicolaus “Nicky” Hahn bought Smith & Hook vineyard in California’s Monterey County almost 40 years ago, the region’s reputations for wine was in the dregs.

“There I was at almost age 50 and had no clue what the industry was about- I’d never sold a bottle of wine in my life,” Says Hahn, who was told categorically by international distributors that Monterey would never excel in wine. ” The reputation was such that somebody had to do something about it.”

He quickly worked to reset the narrative in 1991 by working to establish the Santa Lucia Highlands as a reputable region for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. That effort paid off as the Santa Lucia Highlands have grown to one of the premier growing regions in California. To read the full article about Nicky click here.

For his efforts, Nicky will be honored at the Wine Star Awards in Miami, FL on January 29, 2018. Congratulations Nicky!