Philip Hahn, Chairman
As Chairman of Hahn Family Wines, Philip is the second generation Hahn to oversee family winemaking in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County. Philip, whose father Nicolaus founded Hahn, grew up on the family’s SLH vineyard estate where he spent time the way many children in winemaking families do: pruning vines in winter and picking grapes in fall. He went on to pursue a degree in international politics at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and then embarked on an eight-year career on Wall Street where he worked as a hedge fund manager. In 2007, he returned to his roots and joined Hahn Family Wines.
“I’m honored to be able to continue what my parents worked so hard and so long to achieve,” Philip says. “I can’t imagine a better venture in which to invest my time and my energy.”
Nicolaus ‘Nicky’ Hahn, Founder
Nicky Hahn's commitment to Monterey's wines and his vision of their potential began 30 years ago when his adventurous spirit brought him to the area in search of world-class vineyard properties. His original investment and continued support culminated in a three-year revitalization program through 2004, which has brought the winery to international acclaim.
Nicky, a Swiss citizen, grew up in both the U.S. and in Europe. He studied economics, starting his professional career as an arbitrageur in Paris. He also worked as a credit analyst in New York and for years was based in London as the chairman of a leading international computer software company. Nicky and his wife Gaby now divide their time between their homes in Monterey and Zurich along with their 50,000-acre wildlife preserve in Africa where Nicky works on saving wildlife and strengthening the economy.
Gaby Hahn, Founder
After earning law degrees in both Germany and France, Gaby followed her passion for the arts to the Tate Gallery in London. There she started as a docent, then became a lecturer on both British and international contemporary art.
After coming to California with her husband, Nicky Hahn, she continued her commitment to the arts, lecturing on topics such as British art, Californian art, impressionism and sculpture. She served as a trustee for the Monterey Museum of Art, the Monterey Symphony, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She also founded an art appreciation unit at the Washington Union School District to introduce art to children in Salinas.
In 1997, the Hahn family acquired a 50,000-acre farm in Laikipia, Kenya where they created a wild animal conservancy. Inspired by the profound beauty of the people, animals and landscape, Gaby has made the farm the primary topic for her art.
Daughter of Nicky and Gaby, Caroline is the Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Edinburgh, specializing in equine neurology. Caroline is also the namesake of Hahn’s “Doctor’s Vineyard.” Developing her passion for horses growing up on the family property, she became a Doctor of Veterinary medicine and holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. In addition to her academic career, she regularly promotes Hahn’s wines through formal wine tastings and dinners where she educates consumers on Monterey County and her family’s vineyards.