Santa Rosa, USA

Russian River
Jeff Hinchliffe


It all started when Dr. Elias Hanna, a ground-breaking cardiac surgeon, sought a break from the city and found a place in the country to relax with his family. He purchased 12 acres of Sonoma countryside and taught his children to move with the rhythm of the seasons: growing fruit and vegetables, raising chickens and ultimately making wine. In 1985 they turned their family pastime into a business and Hanna winery was born. Christine Hanna took the helm of the business from her father in 1991, now it has over 250 acres in 5 premier vineyard location and an annual production of 50,000 cases. Hanna winery remains devoted to the diverse terroir of the region, the farm to table movement and true Sonoma lifestyle.

Early on Chris recognized the potential of estate grown vineyards and moved away from purchased fruit and invested in Hanna's own vineyards. She saw the opportunity for greatness offered by the winery's Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in the Russian River Valley at a time when Chardonnay was king. The winery currently boasts a stunning collection of long held vineyards, from the cool Russian River to sunny Alexander Valley to the rugged Moon Mountain appellation high in the Mayacamas. Chris has surrounded herself with like-minded risk takers and change makers, including winemaker Jeff Hinchliffe, who puts sustainability initiatives at the forefront of the wineries mission, leaving Hanna well-positioned for generations to come.