Hancock Winery Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

AHC will mark the occasion with a celebration and fundraiser Sept. 21 from 6-9 p.m. at the Presqu'ile Winery near Santa Maria

AHC Winery 5th Year Celebration SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 -- The Allan Hancock College Winery is celebrating five years as a commercially-bonded winery and will mark the occasion with a celebration and fundraiser Sept. 21 from 6-9 p.m. at the Presqu'ile Winery near Santa Maria.

The event, hosted by the Allan Hancock College Viticulture and Enology Foundation, will feature food by Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos and live music by the Dave Becker Trio. Tickets are $100 and include a bottle of "First Class" pinot noir made specifically by Presqu’ile for the celebration. Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation, and allow it to continue its mission to support educational and cultural programs in the areas of agribusiness, viticulture and enology.

"We are very happy to be able to support students in the program through this event," said Hancock College Viticulture and Enology Foundation Event Coordinator Terri Lee Coleman. "This is not only a celebration but a chance to ensure the foundation can continue to help students who want to pursue careers in the wine industry."

Hancock's winery includes a 1,500-square-foot facility with an additional 2,800 square feet of outside work area located in the college's Career and Technical Education Complex on its Santa Maria Campus. The winery is a state-of-the-art learning environment and is commercially bonded. The facility features a de-stemmer, various presses, a semi-automatic corker, a cold storage room, stainless steel tanks, oak barrels and other equipment that students use to practice what they learn in the classroom in a working winery setting.

"The work these students do is very hands-on," said Hancock Professor and Coordinator for the Viticulture and Enology program, Alfredo Koch. "They get to go through the entire process, from harvesting the grapes in the college's vineyard, to producing, bottling and even marketing and selling the finished product. It's real-world experience."

Now in its fifth year of operation, Hancock's winery continues to produce, bottle, label and sell a variety of wines, including well-known varietals like chardonnay, rosé and pinot noir, as well as more uncommon varietals such as albariño and Torrontes. Several of those wines have received industry recognition. The winery recently won two gold medals at the Orange County wine competition. The winery's 2016 syrah, 2016 malbec, 2014 pinot noir and 2016 pinot noir have all received 90-point scores or higher from Wine Enthusiast.

Hancock's wines are available for sale online, on-site at the winery and some local grocery stores. The winery also hosts open tastings on-site every Friday from 2-5 p.m.

For more information about the Allan Hancock College Winery, visit www.hancockcollege.edu/agribusiness/vineyard.

For tickets or more information about the winery's fifth-anniversary celebration, call 1-805-878-5732 or email terrilee.coleman@hancockcollege.edu

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Caption: The Allan Hancock College Winery is celebrating five years as a commercially bonded winery

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Last Modified Sep 20, 2019