WALT Wines

Sonoma wine tasting room of HALL St. Helena sister property serves Pinot Noirs from Oregon to California’s Central Coast.

The indoor and outdoor spaces at a Tudor-style 1930s residence just north of Sonoma Plaza provide relaxed settings for tasting the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs of WALT Wines, sister winery to HALL St. Helena. Tall canary palms shade part of the property, and a double-trunked redwood tree anchors the inviting backyard. Kathryn Hall, who owns WALT Wines with her husband, financier Craig Hall, counts among her happiest childhood memories the time she spent at the Mendocino County vineyard of her grape-growing parents, Dolores and Bob Walt, for whom she named the winery.

WALT’s Kathryn Hall named the winery for her parents, Dolores and Bob Walt, who grew grapes in Mendocino County.

Minimalist Strategies

Head winemaker Alison Frichtl Hollister oversees the WALT Pinot Noirs, whose grapes come from as far north as Oregon’s Willamette Valley and as far south as the Santa Rita Hills of California’s Central Coast – “1,000 Miles of Pinot,” as the winery bills it. Two Sonoma County subappellations, the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley, and the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County, are also represented. The goal is for each wine to express its vineyard, vintage, and varietal authentically instead of the winemaker imposing a style on it by aggressive oak aging or other techniques.

Focusing on Nuances

Regardless of the source, all wines receive similar treatment during fermentation and aging. Because the regimen  is so consistent, tastings focus on the nuances of the soils and climates—the terroir, as wine folk call it—of the various vineyard locales. 

The Root 101 tasting showcases WALT’s single-vineyard Pinot Noirs.

Chardonnay, Pinot, and Chocolate

All visits to WALT require a reservation. One tasting focuses on current-release Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, another pairs the single-vineyard Pinots with gourmet bites, and a third involves artisanal chocolates. 

Why go: relaxed setting; “1,000 Miles of Pinots”; Root 101 tasting.  


WALT Wines appears in Sonoma Pinot Noir Day Trip.


380 1st. St. W, Sonoma 95476

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This story originally appeared online in 2017; it was most recently updated in 2023

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