The HALL St. Helena winery in Napa Valley is unveiling a new LEED Gold certified visitor center and restored Bergfeld Winery for group bookings. The winery’s art and sustainability focus are incorporated into the spaces.
HALL St. Helena’s art collection spans the gamut of diversity from a sculpture of a 30-foot-long rabbit jumping out of the vineyard, to a 9-foot-tall white marble sculpture of a young girl’s face, to the winery’s latest art stick sculpture, created by artist Patrick Dougherty.
“Art has always been a part of HALL Wines,” says Joe Reeder, marketing services manager. “It goes back to the fact that Craig Hall’s mother was an art teacher, and she instilled that love for art. The family has an amazing art collection that they are sharing at the winery.”
Adjacent to the winery and vineyard, the visitor center will feature custom art installations and pieces made by local artists. Guests will have opportunities to learn about the winemaking process from a sustainability angle. HALL was California’s first LEED Gold winery and continues to produce from a LEED Gold-certified wine-making facility. All of the vineyards that HALL owns are certified organic, and the winery doesn’t machine harvest anything.
Myriah Mutrux, hospitality and events manager at the winery, says that as of November, groups will be able to participate in teambuilding exercises in the visitor center’s demo kitchen. It has the capacity to offer food and wine pairing classes or cooking classes for up to 55 people. Groups can also participate in interactive teambuilding exercises that allow attendees to pick ingredients out of the winery’s garden and then cook a meal that they will later eat onsite.
The Bergfeld Winery, originally built in 1885, was recently restored according to U.S. Historical Landmark standards and is situated adjacent to the visitors center. The stone building served as the Napa Valley Co-Op during the Prohibition Era, and while it is no longer a functioning winery, it makes an ideal two-story event space. One of the space’s highlights is the King’s Table, a dining table made from a single redwood that has been sliced down the middle.
Including the Visitor Center and Bergfeld Winery, there are more than 16 spaces at HALL St. Helena that can host private events ranging from eight to 150 people, as well as the lawn which can hold over 500 guests.
“It’s all about the experience, creating a destination where art, architecture and wine inspires the senses,” says Reeder. “You can sit and enjoy an amazing glass of wine while you’re looking at world-class architecture and some really great art from the Hall’s personal collection.”