A Different Kind of Wine Tasting

A Carmel Valley winery strays from the same ol’, same ol’.

Your wine expert is also your off-road driver on Hahn Family Wines‘ tasting-meets-X Games tour. What that means is motor trekking into a fraction of the 650 acres of hillside vineyards from the passenger seat of an ATV. At least that’s one wind-blown, crazy-fun way to arrive at the winery’s production facility and tasting room. Or you could do it the regular way, and drive your car. BO-ring.

At the end of the ATV road are five wines to taste, including a Pinot Noir that is grown in the rocky soils of Arroyo Seco AVA. It’s a mouth of berries with a nice hit of acidity. Winemaker Greg Freeman has also explored GSM (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre), with grapes sourced from three different AVAs, to stellar results. The 2013 vintage scored highly in many competitions. Come during harvest, when hitching a ride on the ATV is a firsthand look at the process that has turned out great bottles since 1980.

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Photos courtesy of Hahn Family Wines

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