Vineyard Safari: Taking It Off-Road With a Hahn ATV Ride

By Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau 

Four-wheel drive, sunshine and wine. If that sounds like a winning combination to you then Hahn Estate has what you have been searching for. Boasting the perfect trifecta for an exhilarating day in the vines with their one-of-a-kind Estate Vineyard ATV Adventure.

The drive to Hahn Vineyards from the Monterey Peninsula alone is a treat; with jaw dropping views of the Santa Lucia Highlands towering above rural vineyards and an eternity of crop fields, one could easily mistake this valley for the Garden of Eden. Shortly after hitting River Road off of Highway 68 the skies tend to break free from the cool coastal fog and open up to reveal some much needed sunshine.

Once you arrive you will kick things off in the tasting room with a bit of history about the 1,200 acre estate, the Santa Lucia Highland appellation and the Hahn family. Then you will head out for a guided vineyard tour in an incredibly roomy ATV that can hold up to five guests.

While on the ATV tour you will find yourself whipping between rows of grapevines, fat tires spewing the dust around, and driving down all sorts of small dirt roads not accessible to the public; a luxury as the views are absolutely amazing.

Not only are there vineyards galore but the estate has some of the best vistas of the entire Salinas Valley and perfectly checker-boarded agriculture fields down below.

The tour has several stops along the way to point out interesting tidbits about their vineyards, which are mainly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals, as well an interesting sound system to keep the deer from grazing upon their vines.

After a thrilling ride through the vineyards you will stop at the winery's main bottling operation and venture into the exclusive barrel rooms to learn a bit more about the winemaking process.

After the 90 minute thrilling and educational ATV tour you will find yourself back at the tasting room to taste what you have just learned so much about.

Estate Vineyard Tours are offered daily at 10:30am and 1:30pm daily and are $45-$65 per person. The Tasting Room is open 7 days a week, 11am-5pm. Closed on select holidays.

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