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Making premium wine since 2012

Hancock Winery

Fine wines made by our students

In 2014, we opened the doors of our brand new, winery on the main campus of the Allan Hancock Community College. The winery was an integral part of the $17.6 million Industrial Arts Complex on campus.  Funding and support for the winery comes from wine sales and from the generosity of the Allan Hancock College Viticulture and Enology Foundation.   

From day one, we watched with pride as our students did everything, from managing the vineyard to harvesting the grapes to producing the wine and bottling the final product.  Our winning combination of academic learning and hands-on experience is best experienced by enjoying a glass of our fine wines.  

Ric Fuller, our vineyard manager and Vineyard Operations instructor, oversees our campus vineyard. With nearly 40 years of vineyard management experience, Ric brings a practical, hands-on approach to vineyard management.  The vineyard spans about four acres west of the campus, next to the College baseball and softball fields. Grapes from this vineyard are harvested to produce student-made wine. The revenue generated from wine and grape sales cover operational costs for the agribusiness program, vineyard, and winery.

Chris Brown, our head winemaker and Winery Operations instructor,  oversees our campus winery.  With over 25 years of wine industry experience from boutique wineries to large scale wineries, Chris brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and insight to the program.  Under his leadership, Hancock Winery has produced fine wines that rival the best in  Santa Barbara County. 

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Past & Present

ESTABLISHED IN 1987

Timeline

1987

Allan Hancock Starts Viticulture and Enology program

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2014

Hancock Winery Opens Fully Bonded Winery

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2015

Hancock Winery Releases First Vintage

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2012 White Small
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