ST. HELENA, Calif.
Napa Valley draws thousands of visitors every year, and wineries have to think of different ways to attract wine lovers to stop in, taste some wine, and maybe buy a bottle or case, or two.

One of the newest spectacles off the historic Highway 29 cutting through the heart of the valley is the Hall Wines visitors center. This modern glass structure cuts a striking pose on the property, complementing the original brick winery next door.

Our tour guide Trisha Mueller in an equipment room with artwork called "red rain" that I joked should have been called "cabernet rain."

Our tour guide Trisha Mueller in an equipment room with artwork called “red rain” that I joked should have been called “cabernet rain.”

During this holiday weekend, I spent the day exploring wine country with my friends Craig, Tat and Jason. And our first stop was at Hall Wines. They offer basic tastings and wine educational tours, and we went for the deluxe $40 90-minute tour that provides you a tour of the older Bergfeld building and the new glass visitors center, ending with a private wine tasting with cheese plate in one of the smaller private rooms.

Our tour guide, Trisha Mueller, made it a fun day, giving us a behind-the-scene look at some of the wine making, including a barrel tasting of a young 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. During the private tasting, we tried some amazing red wine, and Trisha even threw in an extra taste of a Pinot Noir.

The expansive hall with views of the valley is peppered with interesting art installations and objects throughout. On a beautiful day (like the one we had this weekend), they combine for a real memorable experience.

Hall Wines, 401 St. Helena Hwy. South, St. Helena, Calif. Reservations for tours recommended. Website

Brick Bergfeld building provides a historic look to Hall Wines. The space can also be rented for private events.

Brick Bergfeld building provides a historic look to Hall Wines. The space can also be rented for private events.

This art installation of vines huts really made me think of Dr. Seuss

This art installation of vines huts really made me think of Dr. Seuss

Lovely burgundy trimmed barrels from France

Lovely burgundy trimmed barrels from France

Trying a young cabernet straight out of the barrel.

Trying a young cabernet straight out of the barrel.

The Bergfeld building is reflected off the new modern visitors center.

The Bergfeld building is reflected off the new modern visitors center.

The selection of cheese and nuts were pitched perfect pairing for the wines we tasted.

The selection of cheese and nuts were pitched perfect pairing for the wines we tasted.

Pouring some reds. My favorite was a merlot.

Pouring some reds. My favorite was a merlot.

The main tasting room with 180 degree view of the vineyard

The main tasting room with 180 degree view of the vineyard

My friends enjoying some wine and the view. It doesn't get any better than this.

My friends enjoying some wine and the view. It doesn’t get any better than this.

 

One Response to Exploring the New Tasting Room at Hall Wines in Napa Valley

  1. Carolyn Jung says:

    Great pics! I love those red “bubbles” art, too.