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The Short Version: Wine lovers are naturally drawn to the vineyards of Napa Valley. This beautiful mountainous area produces some of the most acclaimed wine in the world, and HALL Wines aims to embody the culture, flavor, and heart of Napa. Its two wineries, St. Helena and Rutherford, offer visitors the chance to savor luxurious flavors in idyllic surroundings. Though relatively new in the wine scene, HALL Wines has quickly established itself as a quality producer of cabernet, pinot noir, and other wine varietals. Its state-of-the-art winemaking process wows wine critics and connoisseurs, and visitors can see the process firsthand in an exclusive wine tour. Whether you’re looking for a fabulous date spot or an upscale place to propose, you can rely on HALL Wines to bolster the romance by serving award-winning wines in a charming locale.
When couples visit a winery in Napa Valley, they elevate their dates to a distinctly romantic atmosphere. You can sample robust and exquisite wines while taking in expansive views of the surrounding vineyards. It’s a terrific way to foster laughter and conversation with that special someone. If you’re looking for an iconic yet modern winery in the heart of Napa, you should consider visiting one of HALL Wines’ elegant locations.
In January 2018, “The Bachelor” highlighted the romantic aspects of Napa Valley’s HALL winery in St. Helena while filming an episode here. Arie Luyendyk Jr. took his date on a tour of the vineyards, and they had an intimate conversation while sampling HALL’s Platinum Collection of cabernet sauvignon.
Over the last couple decades, Craig and Kathryn Hall have made a name for themselves as passionate and skilled vintners with over 500 acres of vineyards on their estate. The couple’s love of art and commitment to sustainability comes through in their approach to the wine industry.
“We believe in the philosophy of leaving the world better than we found it,” they say on HALL Wines’ website. “We aim to make a positive impact on our local community.”
Today, HALL’s wineries have satisfied wine lovers from all walks of life. You don’t have to be a connoisseur to enjoy the rich flavors of these wines, sourced from over 70 vineyards in California.
These award-winning wines have wowed customers and critics alike. Robert Parker, an influential critic for Wine Advocate, ranks wines on a 100-point scale based on the quality of its flavor profile. He has scored HALL wines above 90 points (meaning it’s outstanding) more than 250 times. This prestigious honor speaks to the care the winemaking team puts into every bottle.
“We’re a luxury brand,” said Lisa Covey, who’s with HALL’s Public Relations Department. “We are all about Napa lifestyle at its finest. We love when guests visit our stunning properties and be able to taste through our extraordinary cabernets while learning more about our history.”
From the moment you see HALL St. Helena’s large silver bunny statue leaping joyfully from the vineyard, you know you’re in for a special experience. St. Helena has over 35 pieces of modern art on its 33-acre property so there’s plenty of eye-catching conversation starters to look at while you sample high-quality wines.
Wine tastings start at $40 per person and run from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. You can take a signature HALLmark tour to see everything this 150-year-old site has to offer.
The lush surroundings of the historic Great Lawn provide a relaxing backdrop for couples hoping to get away for a few hours together.
HALL St. Helena combines wine, art, and history in a luxurious yet laid-back setting. You can get a taste for the variety of flavors in HALL’s collection by enjoying a budget-friendly wine tasting, or you can splurge a little with your date and buy a bottle of the 2008 Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon, which earned the number two spot in the Wine Spectator’s “Top 100 Wines” list.
“We offer a range of experiences for everyone, from novice to connoisseurs,” Lisa told us. “We have different price points and seasonal offerings to satisfy our guests.”
HALL Rutherford is an elegant date location in Napa Valley. Craig and Kathryn purchased the winery in 1995, and its Grand Opening was in March 2005. The winery’s high-tech facility is surrounded by the Sacrashe vineyard in the hills of Rutherford. Under the chandelier in the tasting room, many couples have created lasting memories over a quality glass of wine.
Tastings at HALL’s Rutherford winery are by appointment only and cost $250 per person. This is a more upscale experience than you’ll find at most other wineries. The tastings include some of HALL’s most exclusive and highly rated wines. You can pair these wines with local cheeses, craft salumi, and other seasonal bites.
The Appellation Exploration experience at Rutherford gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the winemaking process, so they can appreciate all the work that goes into every sip. The 90-minute tour gives couples a chance to spend time together in an intimate setting.
You can learn a lot about the fermentation process and the flavor profiles of different vintages while sampling HALL’s outstanding portfolio of Napa Valley wines.
According to HALL Wines, “Rutherford berries are small and concentrated with intense flavors and tannin. The wines are exceptionally rich, expansive, and massively structured.”
What’s more, Rutherford boasts a 100% success rate for marriage proposals. You can call ahead and ask the team to arrange a private space for you to pop the question. Most couples also choose to serve HALL wines at their weddings as a nod to their proposal story.
Whatever the occasion, HALL’s award-winning wines provide the perfect accompaniment to life’s romantic moments. “We’re known for the quality we invest at every touchpoint,” Lisa said. “We don’t take any shortcuts in our winemaking process, and we have a lot of loyal fans because of that.”
In addition to its tastings and wine tours, the HALL Winery also hosts several special events and local happenings all year round. You can look on the online calendar to find out about upcoming opportunities to indulge your taste buds with someone special.
Some family-friendly events are free for everyone. The HALL Bunny by the Numbers arts event, for instance, gives children ages 6 to 12 a complimentary two-hour painting lesson and then challenges them to paint the iconic Bunny Foo-Foo statue. Meanwhile, parents can watch their children have fun while they sample HALL wines.
The Kathryn Hall Release Party is a must for couples who enjoy dining and dancing together. The event features delicious cuisine, live musical performances, and a tasting of HALL’s signature Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon. Tickets start at $90 per person.
Any of the HALL winery’s parties, dinners, and family activities would make a great outing for couples on a date. During your visit, you can enjoy good wines and good company in a friendly and low-key atmosphere.
The HALL Cabernet Cookoff is a treat for foodies and wine lovers alike. This April event challenges chefs to pair delicious foods with the HALL Cabernet of their choice. Over 850 people turn out to sample the culinary dishes whipped up by masterful teams of local chefs. The chefs compete with one another to win money for their favorite charities. A combination of judges’ scores and attendee votes decides the winner. Tickets for the 2018 HALL Cabernet Cookoff have already sold out.
“It’s all about community and giving back,” Lisa said. “We have a great lineup of judges this year, and it promises to be a fun time.”
HALL Wines offers a romantic backdrop for couples looking to forget their cares for an afternoon while they savor quality wines. If you’re a fan of wines with bold flavors, you’ll love the Hall family’s premier bottles of cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir. Whether you’re taking a selfie in front of the bunny statue at St. Helena or clinking glasses under the chandelier at HALL Rutherford, you can linger for hours of conversation and laughter with a loved one.
“We like to hone in on love,” Lisa said, “and capture the feel of Napa Valley.”
Every time the Hall family has hosted a wine-related event or released a new bottle of wine, they’ve enjoyed an enthusiastic response from the Napa Valley community. Many people have chosen to spend life’s milestones at a HALL Winery, and the team feels honored to serve such a discerning crowd of wine lovers.
“We set out to create a dynamic winery,” said Craig and Kathryn Hall. “We had no idea the absolute joy this experience would bring to us and all of the people involved in helping craft our story.”