HALL Winery

Kathryn Hall’s distinguished career has taken her to prominence in international affairs, but she has always had a passion for the wine business and today devotes a good deal of her time to her Napa Valley winery and wine education. She is the proprietor of HALL winery, which has facilities in St. Helena and Rutherford, and she has been involved in the California wine industry since her family first purchased a vineyard in Mendocino County 30 years ago.

Kathryn Hall is best known as the former United States Ambassador to Austria during the Clinton administration. Although she left the political world in an official capacity in 2001, she remains an active fundraiser and campaigner for national and local Democratic candidates, and she keeps a close eye on the world of American politics and foreign affairs.

Two years before leaving on her diplomatic mission to Austria, Kathryn and her husband Craig Hall purchased a prime vineyard in the hills above Rutherford in the Napa Valley. The Halls made 1,000 cases of high-end Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sacrashe Vineyard each year, beginning in 1996, but Kathryn Hall’s term as ambassador put the launch of their wine on hold.

The Kathryn Hall Vineyards label was introduced when Kathryn Hall returned from Austria, and the Cabernet Sauvignon met with rave reviews from U.S. critics. But Kathryn and Craig had a bigger vision for their wine business and began acquiring specially selected vineyards in the Napa Valley and Sonoma County. In 2003 they acquired the old Napa Valley Cooperative Winery in St. Helena and renamed the facility and their wines HALL. Today, the HALL wines are nationally distributed, and the Halls have two winemaking facilities for HALL wines in the Napa Valley, the St. Helena winery and a brand new high-tech, small lot winery at their Sacrashe Vineyard in Rutherford.

Kathryn Hall is currently on the board of the Napa Emergency Women’s Services and is active in the Land Trust of Napa County, for which she has hosted fundraisers at her home in Rutherford. She is a member of Wine, Women & Shoes, an educational group targeting young women, and she recently participated in the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ Women in Winegrowing Calendar project.






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