HANNA Winery

Business partners, like First Bank, are important to HANNA Winery. “Partnering with a multi-generational, family-owned business like First Bank works well for us and our long-term outlook,” said Christine Hanna, President/co-owner of HANNA Winery in California. “In the craft of winemaking and nurturing vineyards, a short-term perspective just doesn’t make sense.”

Founded in 1985 by Dr. Elias Hanna, a world-renowned cardiac surgeon, long-term First Bank client, and Christine’s father, HANNA Winery handcrafts award-winning varieties. Hanna said there’s a personal aspect to First Bank’s unique approach that goes well beyond just an annual meeting. In addition to trusting First Bank’s Wealth Management Group with their family’s financial legacy, the Hanna’s also rely on First Bank’s business banking expertise. “As a true partner, First Bank is always willing to work with us in both good and not-so-good times,” said Hanna. “Many of our neighbors aren’t treated with that same commitment by the bigger banks.”

Under Christine’s guidance since 1991, HANNA Winery has expanded to become an iconic wine producer. With strategic national retail partnerships as well as online platforms, HANNA Winery has experienced extensive growth. With tripled retail sales expectations, First Bank is able to help their business by adding the necessary equipment and space needed to keep up with growing demand for their products. “First Bank has been extremely helpful in the expansion of our family-owned winery. I’ve valued their nimble responsiveness, flexibility, and personal level of service,” she said. “They’re a full-service bank for us.”