Ocean breezes from Monterey Bay cool this vineyard at the northern end of the appellation, making it ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Winds are lighter at Lone Oak than further south and fog burns off later in the day. The slopes face east, catching the early morning sun.
Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the world grows in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, a narrow, 18-mile-long coastal region tucked along the western hills of Monterey’s Salinas Valley.
Vineyards here are planted on narrow, terraced benches on elevations ranging from 200 to 1,200 feet above sea level. Our four estate vineyards perch on hillsides overlooking the vast Salinas Valley below. The setting is dramatic, with massive alluvial tons of decomposed rock curtaining in and out of the hillsides. The coastal region offers well-drained soils and a consistently cool, windy climate — two primary reasons for the hallmark intensity and complexity of Hahn’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
This estate vineyard is planted near the center of the Santa Lucia Highlands close to our winery. Gusty afternoon winds slow grape ripening during the day allowing afternoon sun exposure to cultivate riper more robust flavors than found in vineyards to the north.
Smith is not only our highest elevation vineyard, reaching 1,280 feet above sea level, it was also one of our first estate vineyards, planted originally in the mid-1970s. Boasting eastern exposure above the fog line, this vineyard experiences less windy conditions and a long growing season.
Once a cattle ranch, this vineyard is now home to 14 clones of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Grenache Noir, Syrah and Malbec. The gently sloping hills allow for excellent drainage.