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11:00 am - 5:00 pm


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Carmel Valley - Monterey

Hahn SLH


Monday - Friday

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

37700 Foothill Road
Soledad, CA 93960
United States

(831) 678-4555


What makes up the soul of a wine? Or a specific vineyard site? Or a wine region? It’s more than terroir—technically, the soil and climate; it’s that plus the sum total of the perseverance, dedication, commitment and simple trial and error of the people who came together at a specific place and time, with a vision to plant the vineyard and create the wine.


Nicolaus (“Nicky”) and Gaby Hahn found their first vineyards in the late ‘70s in Monterey County. In 1988, sensing the potential of the region, Nicky Hahn advocated a new wine appellation and his pioneering effort ultimately led to the creation of one of the most exciting and highly-lauded U.S. wine appellations today: the Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH).


Hahn Estates now owns 650 SLH vineyard acres that range in elevation from 200 to 1,200 feet.The Hahn SLH wines, which epitomize the appellation as well as the passion and commitment of the Hahn Family, are created from the fruit of these meticulously planted hillside vineyards. These wines are produced completely in the Santa Lucia Highlands—from the ground to the barrel to the bottle—at Hahn Estates Winery.


“The Hahn SLH wines encompass what I believe is the ‘soul’ of not only the soil and climate, but also of the Hahn team,” according to Winemaker Paul Clifton. “The Hahns have surrounded themselves with people all passionate towards one goal: producing a world-class line of SLH wines. Blended in to each of these wines is this team’s signature of passion… buried underneath the layers of aromas and flavors, is a subliminal sense of the many souls involved in growing and making these wines.”

Paul Clifton

Paul Clifton, Winemaker


Paul Clifton joined the Hahn Estates team in 2003, after finishing a postgraduate degree of Viticulture/Enology in New Zealand. He became involved in winemaking as a hobby and in 1996, decided to make a career change from firefighting to winemaking. Paul built a solid foundation in the industry, starting out in the cellars of Bernardus Winery in Carmel Valley, then moving on to Byington Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains as assistant winemaker. A native of the Monterey Bay, his passions lie in the beauty of the area, its potential for excellence in winegrowing, and the people he works with.


“When a wine drinker pops the cork and tastes the wine, buried underneath the layers of aromas and flavors is a subliminal sense of the many souls involved in growing and making these wines...”  -  Paul Clifton

Nicolaus Hahn

Best Syrah of the Competition and a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition!  Not a bad day's work for the winemaking team.

SLH 07 Syrah - Best Syrah, Double Gold Medal

Two gold medals and a best of class for SLH at the Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition!
SLH 07 Chardonnay - Gold Medal/Best of Class
SLH 07 Syrah - Gold Medal

Four great scores and an Editor's Choice from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, July 2010 issue!
SLH 07 Syrah - 92 points Editor's Choice!
SLH 07 Chardonnay - 91 points!
SLH 07 Pinot Noir - 86 points!
SLH 08 Pinot Gris - 87 points


Hahn SLH


Award Winning Wines

Hahn Estates produces a broad portfolio of award-winning wines ranging from the Ultra-Premium Lucienne and Hahn SLH Wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands to the distinctive Hahn Estates, Smith & Hook Winery and Bin36 brands primarily from the Central Coast and Monterey County appellations to Huntington Wine Cellars from Sonoma appellations such as Carneros and Alexander Valley to the Cycles Gladiator Wines which bear Central Coast and California appellations.