Halleck Vineyard partners with singer Josh Groban to promote school art programs in California and across the nation
Perched on a hillside in west Sebastopol off Burnside Road, the Halleck Estate Vineyard sits on one acre of land. Owner Ross Halleck planted the estate vineyard in 1993 with, as he said, “no clue what he was doing.” The first harvest came in 1999. The estate’s grapes, combined with grapes from a three-acre farm vineyard on the edge of the Laguna of Santa Rosa, make up Halleck Vineyard’s award-winning wine.
Halleck, who says the winery’s mission is “to build community through wine,” is turning those words into action, by supporting the arts, both locally and across the country.
“Promoting art is a critical part of life,” he said. “Art is the closest thing we have to manifest this connection we have with each other and forces beyond ourselves.”
Before his wine days, Halleck spent time as a brand strategist in Silicon Valley. As a supporter of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Halleck offered his services to help the center transition after a new executive director took over. He has been helping SCA “on sort of undercover consulting for quite some time,” he said. “I donate where I see a need.”
As a father of three sons who are artists, Halleck is particularly concerned with the disappearance of art programs from the nation’s schools, and recently he found a way to help in an unexpected way.
More than a year ago, Halleck received a phone call from multi-platinum singer- songwriter, Josh Groban. It turned out that Groban was a fan of Halleck’s wine and wanted to partner with the winemaker to learn how to make great wine and to support youth arts programs.
Halleck agreed and soon Groban was out wine tasting in the hills of Sebastopol.
Together Halleck and Groban produced the 2015 “Find Your Light” Pinot Noir, with proceeds benefiting the singer’s Find Your Light Foundation.
Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to experience a quality arts education. The organization has contributed to seven schools in California and many more across the U.S.
All of the profits from the sale of 2015 Find Your Light Pinot Noir go directly to the Find Your Light Foundation.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts and Find Your Light are just two beneficiaries of Halleck’s largesse. “Twenty-five percent of our gross sales go to organizations that are partnered with Halleck (Vineyard),” Halleck said.
For more information about Halleck Vineyard and the “Find Your Light” pinot noirs, visit www.halleck vineyard.com.