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Patz & Hall Winery

Sonoma Coast AVA

Celebrating 30 years of producing single-vineyard Pinot Noir

Started almost thirty years ago in Napa Valley, Patz & Hall is the product of four talented friends, each with a passion for wine and a desire to make the best vineyard-designated wines possible. Donald Patz was the national marketing manager at Flora Springs Winery when he and his wife Heather approached friends James Hall and Anne Moses with the idea of creating their own label - they named it ‘Project X.’ James Hall was the winemaker at Honig Cellars and a former co-worker of Donald’s at Flora Springs, while Anne Moses brought years of experience to the table, serving as the enologist for Far Niente and Spring Mountain wineries.

Together, the four friends made the most of their varied wine industry experiences and turned Patz & Hall into one of California’s most highly regarded wineries. Patz & Hall was built on a classic Burgundian model, focusing on small lot, barrel-by-barrel winemaking of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with fruit sourced from some of the region’s smallest, and most desirable vineyard sites. The first release came in 1988 with 400 cases of single-vineyard Chardonnay. Patz & Hall made an immediate impression on the consuming public and earned critical acclaim from a number of the nation’s wine press publications. The winery had quickly established itself as one to watch.

Little has changed in today’s updated version of Patz & Hall - the business has steadily grown and stabilized to around 30,000 cases and the portfolio now includes some fifteen different wines: seven Pinot Noirs and eight Chardonnays, each with a specific focus and distinctive flavor profile. The company has also remained true to its original founding philosophy of producing rich, complex wines from low-yielding, cool climate vineyards located in a number of appellations throughout California. Patz & Hall wines are all made at the winery’s state-of-the-art facility, which was designed exclusively for producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The winery opened its doors in 2007. The four founding members still share duties at the winery as well. While James Hall is responsible for winemaking, Donald Patz oversees the national sales and marketing functions, and Anne Moses serves as the company’s president, handles sales in all-important California, and doubles as an enologist. Heather Patz handles all office chores as well as the ever-present compliance issues that always follow wineries. Their exceptional teamwork has certainly helped with the winery’s success.

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James Hall - Winemaker

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For more than twenty years, founder and winemaker James Hall has guided the Patz & Hall winemaking program, instilling it with his own boldness, imagination, and trademark perfectionism. Combining his belief in great viticulture, traditional winemaking practices, and the use of innovative techniques, James has earned a reputation for crafting dramatic benchmark Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs that balance vibrant power with vineyard-inspired depth and sophistication.

James developed an early appreciation for fine wine during family travels to Europe in the late 1960s. While studying liberal arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz, James met Anne Moses, and together the two began exploring their shared interest in wine. James went on to study winemaking at UC Davis and after spending years in the industry developing his expertise, opened Patz & Hall Winery in 1988 with his three partners.

A master of his craft and a widely respected veteran winemaker, James has created an acclaimed portfolio of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that has helped turn Patz & Hall Winery into one of California’s most celebrated artisan wineries.