Hall Wines’ focus on small-vine viticulture, micro-block blending, native yeast fermentation, gravity-fed tanks and optical grape sorting technology has paid off, with more than 30 of its vintages rated 90 points or higher. And its ambitious new visitor center is a dazzling work of architecture befitting such a solid lineup. The expansive, LEED Gold-certified structure (nearly 10,000 square feet) is more than just a destination for wine tasting, although it’s a stunning place to do that, with its stainless steel, glass-top bar and all-season patio that’s outfitted with a fire pit and roof. Here you can get also educated at food and wine classes, sign up for tours, meander a landscaped sculpture garden and admire an extensive and impressive art collection.
The elevated building not only highlights the surrounding landscape with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, but the ultra-modern, bright space was also designed to showcase great modern art by the likes of Nick Cave and Peter Wegner, most of which is richly colored and stimulating, specifically purchased and commissioned for this venue. But currently some of the most interesting works can be found outside in the garden, which is currently home to whimsical, life-size stickwork sculptures by Patrick Dougherty. The Middle-Earth-reminiscent shelters were created with the help of the local community, who were invited to help collect, clean and weave the saplings.
401 St. Helena Hwy. South, St. Helena