HANNA Winery was founded in 1985 by Dr. Elias Hanna, a world-renowned cardiac surgeon, who was eager to find a place in the country to continue the farming heritage of his upbringing. Dr. Hanna's oldest daughter Christine has run the operations of the winery for 20 years and has had the pleasure of living in Sonoma all of her adult life. As a result, Christine Hanna has come to embody the Sonoma Valley lifestyle, epitomizing the region's DIY approach to food, wine, gardening, design and entertaining. Following the release of her cookbook, "The Winemaker Cooks," she continues to create and promote her recipes alongside her food-friendly wines.
Today, Hanna owns 600 acres of land in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and the Mayacamas Mountains. Under Christine Hanna's guidance, the winery has evolved into an estate philosophy that blends the viticultural diversity of fruit cultivated in its four vineyard estates in unique appellations. With the help of Winemaker, Jeff Hinchliffe, HANNA credits award-winning wines vintage after vintage delivering consistent quality to the consumer.
HANNA is most commonly known for its Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, as well as its Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. HANNA Winery also produces other varietals such as Zinfandel from the steeply-terraced hillsides of Bismark Mountain Vineyard.
WINEMAKER JEFF HINCHLIFFE
Jeff Hinchliffe first became interested in winemaking as an undergraduate student studying brewing science at the University of California, Davis. After a few winemaking courses and a job as a laboratory assistant in the enology department, he decided to make the switch from a career in beer to wine. "The creativity and inevitability of winemaking won me over." Jeff graduated with a degree in fermentation science with an emphasis in enology in 1983. Jeff honed his winemaking skills with stints at Christian Brothers in Napa, Hidden Cellars and Gabrielli in Mendocino. In the spring of 1998, he joined Hanna Winery, and has been making award-winning wines ever since.