What tastes better then wine? Answer: Wine that comes from a vineyard who has received certification from the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Gold Certification from the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Wow, that’s got to be good wine!

I must confess I have not tried any wine from this particular vineyard but I sure would like to. I’m writing about this because I think it’s important to recognize those that go above and beyond in order to provide a good quality product that is healthier for the consumer and the environment (and I like wine).

HALL Wines is owned by Craig and Kathryn Hall who own more than five hundred acres of classic Bordeaux varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. As winegrowers, the Halls have a strong respect for the environment and a commitment to cutting-edge vineyard technology. To prove their respect and commitment they adhere to strict standards in order to maintain soil fertility and crop nutrition which does not use chemical fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, or herbicides. To date 355 acres owned by the Hall’s have been certified organic. The last of the estate vineyards will receive organic certification this August.

The Hall’s use bio-diesel in their farming equipment and fish-friendly farming techniques in order to keep their carbon footprint to a minimum. Not only do they use organic farming techniques but their HALL St. Helena vineyard maintains one acre of solar panels on its roof and uses 100% recycled water throughout it processes.

The Hall’s have worked hard to earn their certification with LEED and the CCOF. To gain certification with the Leadership in Energy and Design, they have to show LEED how well their business performs across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. They are a state of the art winery with an emphasis on good wine and a healthy environment.

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