Taking the Long View
At Hahn Family Wines, sustainability is integral to our business. In the winery, in our vineyards, in the Tasting Room and beyond, sustainability is the code by which we operate, and we are recognized as a leader in the sustainability movement due to being one of the first wineries in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA to have all our estate vineyards certified under the rigorous Sustainability in Practice, or SIP Certification program.
Sustainable farming is more than adapting sensible practices that save water, conserve soil, cut down on energy use and reduce the use of pesticides and other chemicals. Sustainability is a never-ending quest–a way of looking long term, past the span of our own lives, to make decisions that not only pay off today but will be of benefit for generations to come.
In every phase of grape growing and winemaking, we are committed to sustainable practices that result in healthy vineyards and the well-being of our workers.
We have achieved this certification through dedication and farming practices in the following areas:
- Soil Conservation—At Hahn, we improve the soil by natural methods such as cover crops, including legumes which mulches into the soil and helps improve nitrogen.
- Biodiversity—In addition to cover crops and vines, Hahn encourages biodiversity by allowing a multitude of flora and fauna to thrive in the vineyards, providing wildlife habitat and encouraging residency.
- Vineyard Management—Hahn is continually improving farming practices to make them more environmentally sound, socially just and economically viable.
- Pest Management—Hahn promotes a wide range of natural pest controls including beneficial insects such as beetles, lady bugs and lace wings.
- Water Quality and Water and Energy Conservation—Hahn uses VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) pumps which control water and energy usage and uses UV light treatment to give pure clean water to the winery and vineyards.
- Social Equity—Hahn considers quality of life issues for farm workers and neighbors in the community. The core group of farm workers at Hahn is provided with full benefits, and the winery stays involved with the farm-growing community.
- Continuing Education—Hahn is continually monitoring the latest in sustainable farming practices and making improvements to the vineyard program to meet those standards.
- Fruit Quality—Fruit quality is of the utmost importance to us, and that is reflected in the quality of our wine.
- Economic Viability—Hahn has been in business growing grapes and producing wine since 1980 and has expanded over the years to own over 1,000 acres in Monterey County.