Hard to fault the Swiss Hahn family for falling in love with this windswept and remote location in the 1980s, when they concluded a 2-year global search for a place to purchase property that would support an estate winery specializing in Burgundian and Rhone varietals.
Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, known colloquially as the Soledad Mission or Mission Soledad, is a Spanish mission located near the present-day town of Soledad, California. The mission was founded by the Franciscan order on October 9, 1791 to convert the Native Americans living in the area to Catholicism.
In the early 1890s, Silvio Franscioni Sr. settled a ranch outside of Gonzales. What began as a dairy operation developed into a row crop farm and eventually to a highly respected winery. The owner of Puma Road winery Ray Franscioni, Silvio's grandson, began growing grapes around 20 years ago.