|Tony Baldini, President
As president of Hahn Family Wines and Hahn Estates, Tony Baldini brings decades of wine industry experience. Tony was raised on one of Napa Valley’s premier luxury estate vineyards and later earned a BA in Economics from the University of California at Davis and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Prior to Hahn, Tony managed luxury brands for Constellation Wines and Jackson Family Wines as well as the entire range of US and export wines at Don Sebastiani & Sons. Though still proud “Napkins”, Tony, his wife Caroline and their two children moved to Monterey County near Hahn Estate and the Santa Lucia Highlands.
|Juan Jose Verdina Busch, Winemaker
Lodi is on the other side of the world from Chile, but that didn’t stop Juan Jose from trekking from one hemisphere to another in his drive to make great California wines. Juan Jose earned his degree in Agricultural Engineering from INACAP Tabancura in Santiago. First coming to Hahn Winery in 2002, Juan Jose's energy and talent led first to his promotion to enologist and then to head winemaker for Copa Del Rey, a line of Chilean wines imported by Hahn. In 2011, he became winemaker and head of operations for Cycles Gladiator Winery in Lodi. During his time off, he enjoys playing soccer, mountain biking, and extreme sports.
|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.
|Barry Gnekow, Consulting Enologist
Barry Gnekow, senior winemaking consultant, another UC Davis graduate, has over 30 years experience in the wine industry, most notably with J. Lohr where he created the J. Lohr Estate wines and co-founded Ariel brand non-alcoholic wines. It was with J. Lohr and then Ariel where Barry first collaborated with Hahn President Bill Leigon. Most recently Bill and Barry have worked successfully together on all of the Hahn Estates’ wine brands. With the numerous accolades and medals garnered by his wines through the years, Barry is considered to be one of California’s most decorated winemakers.