Rutherford grower Ted Hall of Long Meadow Ranch has been named the 2017 Napa Valley Grower of the Year.
Hall will be honored for his contributions to the Napa Valley wine industry and community on May 12 at Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ 42nd annual dinner. Award criteria are a strong commitment to sustainable practices, recognized leadership in agricultural preservation, dedicated community focus, contributions to the Napa Valley community and active promotion of Napa’s reputation for the highest-quality vineyards.
Hall has been president and CEO of Long Meadow Ranch since 1989, where he and his team have developed a diversified agricultural program. They produce grapes, wine, olives, olive oil, beef, lamb, eggs, fruits and vegetables. Much of what they produce is served at Hall’s St. Helena farm-to-table restaurant, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, and at the Long Meadow Ranch Winery.
“Ted’s contributions to the Napa Valley have been crucial to the continued success of agriculture in the Napa Valley,” said Garrett Buckland, president of the nonprofit trade group Napa Valley Grapegrowers. “The Long Meadow Ranch motto of ‘excellence through responsible farming’ is evident in every aspect of his personal and professional life. He inspires others by example and his dedication to agricultural and environmental preservation are unparalleled.”
Hall has long been active in the preservation of Napa Valley vineyards and shows no signs of letting up. He currently serves on the Napa Valley Grapegrowers board of directors and is an active member of its Industry Issues Committee.
Last year, Hall chaired the Napa County Agriculture Protection Advisory Committee, or APAC, which met for over nine months to discuss the future of agriculture in Napa Valley and policies to ensure its continued success. Hall assumed that post with decades of proven commitment to organic viticulture and diversified, sustainable farming principles.
The trade group noted that Hall is deeply committed to agricultural preservation and as such, has donated multiple conservation easements of land in Napa County.
Involvement in the wine and agricultural industries and community service in Napa County has been a constant in Hall’s career, the association said. He currently chairs the St. Helena School District Agricultural Education Committee and is a member of Napa Valley Vintners’ Community Industry Issues Committee. He has served on the advisory board of the Land Trust of Napa County and is a former member of the Napa County Local Food Council.
Hall also served on the board of visitors and fellows at the University of California, Davis, Department of Viticulture and Enology.
Hall was born in Beaver Falls, Penn., and lived on a small family farm in nearby Potter Township. He attended Princeton University and completed his studies with a graduate degree from Stanford University (MBA). He later served in the Unites States Marine Corps. Throughout his life, he has been a musician and still plays the jazz trombone and the piano regularly.
Hall is known for his dedication, solid judgment, attention to detail, insights, and true love of the land.
Nominations for the Grower of the Year come from the nearly 700 Napa Valley Grapegrowers members. The recipient is chosen by a special Selection Committee made up of past presidents and current committee members.
About the Napa Valley Grapegrowers:
NVG is a non-profit trade organization that has played a vital role in strengthening Napa Valley’s reputation as a world-class viticultural region for over four decades. Its mission is to preserve and promote Napa Valley’s world-class vineyards. NVG represents over 690 Napa County grape growers and associated businesses.