DALLAS, September 22, 2011 – For wine lovers everywhere, but particularly vino fans with a urge to think green, HALL Wines in Napa Valley is an excellent choice. HALL is all about creating the quintessential eco-friendly environment in which to create the quintessential eco-friendly wine. In fact, HALL Wines St. Helena was California’s first winery to become Gold LEED Certified and is also a recipient of Organic Farming Certification (CCOF), one of the nation’s oldest and largest organic certification and trade associations in North America.
That’s not the whole story though.
The vineyard and winery encompass more than 500 acres of classic Bordeaux varietals. Named after the family in charge, the winegrowers have a strong respect for the environment and a commitment to cutting-edge vineyard technology to yield the highest quality grapes. Both of their Napa Valley wineries, HALL St. Helena and HALL Rutherford, are focused on this mission.
At the HALL St. Helena winery, which received the LEED® certification, the facility is state-of-the-art and designed for ultra-premium wine production. In achieving the LEED® certification, the winery was measured in not only building performance across all environmental metrics, but also in energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to impact.
“The certification of HALL Wines not only marks a momentous occasion for the wine industry of California, but demonstrates how all industries can choose to be solvers of our collective environmental challenges,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The HALL Wines project efficiently uses natural resources, makes an immediate positive impact on our planet and as a business leader, can expect to reap financial benefits over the lifecycle of the building.”
Owner and Vintner of HALL Wines, Kathryn Hall, and President Mike Reynolds decided early on to make it their long-term mission to become a leader in earth-friendly California winegrowing.
This consequently resulted in the design of their St. Helena facility in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® rating system.
“Visitors come to HALL to experience hand-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon and are excited to learn about our vineyards, buildings, and operations, which result in a minimal carbon footprint.” Hall says, “At HALL Wines, we grow our own grapes and craft our wines, and so we are obligated to ensure the health of the land as well as that of the greater Napa Valley ecosystem.”
A few of the sustainable design elements and practices in place include radiant floors allowing for precision winemaking and maximum energy efficiency with a control of the facility’s temperature also conserving energy. This technology is accomplished by running cold or warm water through the floor slab providing an energy efficient and stable storage and production environment.
The facility also uses solar energy to provide more than 35 percent of the energy needed to power HALL St. Helena. Solar photovoltaic cells (solar panels) on the roof tops of the barrel cellar and fermentation building convert sunlight directly into electricity. Approximately 42,000 square feet of solar panels span the St. Helena winery roofs.
Water conservation is also important and the winery selected drought tolerant plants for landscaping, which reduces the demand for irrigation by more than 50 percent. In conjunction with this, all of the landscaping and vineyards are irrigated with recycled water. A 40 percent reduction of building water has actually been achieved through the use of low-flow water outlets without compromising performance.
In June of this year, Hall Wines was also the first winery to install an ECOtality electric charging vehicle station. The installation is a Blink Level 2 Commercial Pedestal Charger and is the primary choice for charging in both residential and public locations.
When shipping the company thinks green too by using recyclable packaging. The Hall’s also own nearly 500 planted acres in Napa and Sonoma counties, which are organically farmed and scheduled to be certified organic within the next year.
As for the wine, it’s a winner with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The winery takes on an organic small-vine viticulture along with wild yeast fermentation and micro-block blending to extract the purity of the soil and climate with results inspiring detailed tasting notes that stand out particularly in the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings. Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association, writes for the Dallas Morning News Green Living Section as well as artist profiles and spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books. Her latest book release in May was “A Brief History of Fort Worth’ published by The History Press.
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