Experience the Luxury of Hall Wineries

A passion for wine and an unwavering commitment to fostering an unrivaled guest experience first inspired entrepreneurs Craig and Kathryn Hall to establish Hall Wines .

With two locations in the Napa Valley, guests have the opportunity to taste Hall's handcrafted, organically farmed wines in both Rutherford and St. Helena.

Hall Rutherford boasts gorgeous views of the Napa Valley and is a perfect venue for those wanting an intimate setting. Tasting and tours are available by appointment only.

And conveniently located off Highway 29 in St. Helena next to Dean & DeLuca, Hall St. Helena is open to the public for tours of the grounds and drop-in tastings of artisan wines, featuring award-winning Cabernets. Eclectic pieces of art decorate the grounds. The Halls are avid art collectors and have historically purchased pieces created by living artists, in order to continue to support the arts and each artist's creativity. Guests can take a short path that leads from the winery, through the vineyards, to Dean & DeLuca where they can order a gourmet lunch to enjoy with their wine in the outdoor arbor area just off the tasting room.

Tours of the estate include a visit to the original winery built in 1885 by a New England sea captain. Also on the property is a distillery built in 1936, just after the repeal of prohibition that is in the process of being restored to its original condition.

The new, state-of-the-art winemaking facility and crush pad were completed last summer and are powered by solar panels that line the rooftops. A good deal of attention was paid in the planning stages of the winery to ensure gentle handling and sorting of the fruit. Every vineyard and wine lot is kept separate through barrel aging in order to keep the unique characteristics of each vineyard until it is time for the winemakers to blend. Only the finest fruit from the estate vineyards, as well as some of the most renowned vineyards in the Napa Valley, go into making Hall's handcrafted, small lot vintages.

As an environmentally conscious winery, Hall Wines uses only natural products for weed and pest control and pays careful attention to the natural health and biodiversity of the soil and vineyards. Hall will complete its three-year certification process with the California Certified Organic farmer association by the end of 2009.

The critically acclaimed wines and warm hospitality at Hall St. Helena, along with the natural beauty, history, architecture, and art, invite guests to share in the celebration of life and fine wines. Or in Kathryn's words, "Wine is a celebration of the senses and also of the moment. We strive to create the best wine we possibly can -- truly memorable, truly extraordinary. We want people to celebrate with our wines."

What to buy :
'06 Hall "Jack's Masterpiece" Cabernet Sauvignon: blackberry cassis, white chocolate, coffee, toasted vanilla $70
'06 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Cassis: roasted espresso bean, dark ripe plum $40
'05 Hall "Kathryn Hall" Cabernet Sauvignon : blackberry cedar, ripe fig, plum, coffee flavors $75
'08 Hall Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc: pink grapefruit, lemon lime, gooseberry, guava $20

Contact :
www.hallwines.com
St. Helena
St. Helena Hwy S
St. Helena, CA 94574
707.967.2626; Fax: 707.967.2634 401

Tasting Room Open Daily 10-5:30

Rutherford
707.967.0700; Fax: 707.967.2634
Tasting Room Open Daily by Appointment

Getting there :
Located off Hwy 29 between St. Helena and Oakville.

This story originally appeared on Touring and Tasting