Introducing Hahn Appellation Series
Hahn Appellation Series wines are sourced from our two estate vineyards in the dramatic Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County. Located south of the Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Seco is one of the smallest AVAs in California, boasting one of the longest growing seasons in the state due to cool winds that blow in daily from Monterey Bay. Each wine is grown, selectively harvested and produced to express vibrant yet integrated fruit flavors and balanced acidity.
A bright, light gold hue in the glass, where aromas center on tropical fruit, vanilla, honey and caramel. On the palate, notes of pineapple and apricot join in, followed by a toasty caramel finish lightly scented with vanilla.
A gorgeous clear red ruby hue with bright aromas of cherry, vanilla, ripe raspberry, toasted oak and roasted coffee. On the palate, round elegant flavors of cherry, red fruit and vanilla lead to a balanced finish with well integrated oak
Deep ruby red in color, this blend is bursting with aromas of white pepper, strawberry, blackberry and vanilla. On the palate, layers of red fruit, strawberry, blueberry and notes of spice lead to a long finish with integrated oak notes.
Winemaker Juan José Verdina
Born in Chile, Juan José Verdina traveled to the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey in 2002 to join the Hahn Estate's cellar team. Over the years, he learned the trade hands on, moving from cellar to lab to bottling line to winemaker. Every vintage he seeks out the best varietal expressions to craft quality Hahn wines.
Unique Arroyo Seco
Arroyo Seco sits at the southern end of the Salinas Valley in Monterey County and is named for the Arroyo Seco River – an eastward-flowing tributary of the Salinas River – which cuts a narrow gorge into the Santa Lucia Mountains.
Appellation Series wines are sourced from two estate vineyards: Ste. Nicolaus in the west and Ste. Philippe in the east.
East: In the direct path of strong ocean wind and fog. Large river stones retain heat from the sun ensuring grapes do not freeze overnight.
West: A narrow gorge provides some shelter from prevailing winds causing slightly warmer temperatures. Vines struggle in shallow, infertile soils.
Ste. Nicolaus Vineyard
This vineyard’s eastern facing slope enjoys generous morning sun. Rocky, well-drained soils challenge the vines to yield grapes of depth, character and intensity. The extended growing season allows fruit to ripen slowly, leading to flavorful, well-balanced wines.
Ste. Philippe Vineyard
This eastern site sits in an ancient, dry riverbed with well-drained, sandy-loam soils. River stones—known locally as “Greenfield Potatoes” for the nearby town of Greenfield— are unique to this region and integral to the soil, storing daytime heat to help warm the vines at night. Strong coastal influence extends the growing season, ensuring complexity and intensity at harvest time.