During the 1790s, Spanish missionaries recognized the rare soils and favorable climate of the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey and planted grapevines there. Yet nearly two hundred years later when our founder Nicolaus (Nicky) Hahn and his wife Gaby first purchased land in the Highlands, cattle, sheep and horses ranged over the hills. Vineyards were a secondary concern.

Nicky immediately saw that the land he’d purchased was destined for greater things than grazing stock. He wasted no time. In 1980, the Hahns released their first wine from SLH. A mere eight years later, Nicky led the charge to establish SLH as an American Viticultural Area, a dream he saw realized in 1991.

Today, Hahn Family Wines, now run by Nicky and Gaby’s son Philip, owns and sustainably farms 650 acres of estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. SLH enjoys worldwide acclaim for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made there.

Timeline

2007

Hahn launches Lucienne—single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from estate vineyards.

2002

Hahn open its visitor center and tasting room at its SLH winery.

2001

Hahn’s SLH vineyards replanted mostly to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

1992

Hahn family purchases Lone Oak Vineyard in SLH.

1991

SLH designated an American Viticultural Area.

1990

Hahn family purchases Doctor’s Vineyard in SLH.

1980

Nicky Hahn releases his first vintage of wine.

1979

The Hahn family purchases the Smith and Hook vineyards in Santa Lucia Highlands.

1936

Los Padres National Forest is founded. This vast parkland includes Monterey’s Big Sur Coast along with scenic inland tracts.

1908

President Theodore Roosevelt establishes Pinnacles National Monument in the Gabilan Mountains, the range facing Santa Lucia Highlands.

1810

Mission padres tend a Salinas vineyard that has grown in size to 5,000 vines.

1791

California’s 13th mission is founded at the foot of the Santa Lucia Highlands.