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About The Hess Collection Winery

The Hess Collection Winery and Art Museum houses exceptional wines and world-class art. Reservations are recommended for wine tastings and we offer several exclusive experiences by appointment.

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Donald Hess established his first Mount Veeder vineyard in 1978, from the beginning recognizing that on these ridges and bench lands, the potential for great winegrowing was clear. Deep, rocky, volcanic soils provide a home for vineyard blocks producing small, concentrated fruit that reflects the challenges of growing grapes at higher altitudes in the coolest mountain growing region in Napa, best known for Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Hess Collection winery is part of a historic site where wine was first produced in the 1860's, in a native stone building hewn by masons in 1903. The original stone structure is now joined by The Hess Art Collection, a world-class showcase of contemporary art that captures "two passions under one roof."

The Hess Collection uses sustainable, environmentally-sound practices with the axiom, "Nurture the land, and return what you take." That philosophy brings with it a dedication to delivering wines that speak to their natural origins.

Notable Features

  • Architectural Appeal
  • Art on Display
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Owned
  • Gardens
  • Ghost Winery
  • Historic Building
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
  • Sustainable
Experiences

  • Dinner
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • General Tasting
  • Large Groups (8 - 12)
  • Lunch
  • Special Event
  • Special Tasting
  • Tour and Tasting
  • Vineyard Tours
  • Wine and Cheese
Varietals Offered

  • Albarino
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Carignane
  • Charbono
  • Chardonnay
  • Malbec
  • Muscat
  • Petite Sirah
  • Pinot Gris
  • Port Wine
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass VisitorsMy Parents
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Julia K. Member Since 10/8/2018My Parents
Vine to Table Excursion and Luncheon on 10/16/18 11:00 AM

Tour and Luncheon were amazing! Thanks to Sue for good guiding.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
William D. Member Since 9/25/2017My Boss
Tour, Wine & Chocolate Indulgence on 10/13/18 3:30 PM

Wonderful location. The wine/chocolate pairing was very enjoyable.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Pamela W. Member Since 10/13/2018My BFF
Wine Tasting on 10/14/18 2:00 PM

Loved the art gallery as Well as the wine tasting. Might suggest giving more info about what may be available to do. Can you see how the wine is made? View space where it is made? Visit the grounds?

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Dezheen Z. Member Since 9/5/2018My BFF
The Hess Experience, Tour and Luncheon on 10/16/18 11:00 AM

Such a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Fiorela- our hostess was everything. Thank you for th great experience!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kimberly H. Member Since 10/2/2017My Frenemy
Wine Tasting on 10/13/18 2:00 PM

I am a club member and understandably the winery was very busy - at the height of the season. It was hectic at the bar to be sure and the server kept changing so there was little consistent discussion with him. As a result the wine tasting was disjointed and our guests did not learn much about the Hess wines. As always, the more 1 X 1 time, the greater the sales. They did not buy - I did tho.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
Brooke l. Member Since 7/20/2018My BFF
Wine Tasting on 10/12/18 11:30 AM

It was amazing and everyone was so accommodating and hospitable

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Claudia M. Member Since 9/29/2018My BFF
The Hess Experience, Tour and Luncheon on 10/10/18 11:00 AM

Hess was a great winery to experience along with the incredible art collection shown on 2 floors of their infrastructure. Our food and wine pairing was excellent. The staff was extremely nice, worried for each detail of our experience and provided us a personalized service from start to end.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Dawn K. Member Since 8/31/2018My BFF
The Hess Experience, Tour and Luncheon on 10/08/18 11:00 AM

This was my first trip to NAPA celebrating birthdays for myself and my son. The Hess Experience, tour and luncheon by far was absolutely outstanding and set the bar very high for the other vineyards. Sue, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Hess winery and art gallery. Our luncheon with the wine and food pairing was phenomenal, thank you Sharon and Chef Chad

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Fannie S. Member Since 9/24/2018My BFF
Cheese in the Courtyard on 10/10/18 12:00 PM

The drive to Hess was amazing. Coupled with beautiful weather. The whole experience was fabulous. The cheese plate was delicious and surprising.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Martha D. Member Since 9/9/2018My Parents
Wine Tasting on 10/08/18 4:00 PM

Beautiful grounds and the art gallery was a lovely and unique part of the tasting experience.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
steve m. Member Since 10/5/2018Evil Stepmother
Wine Tasting on 10/07/18 11:00 AM

I was very disappointed overall as my greeting and mismanagement of my party prior to the tasting was embarrassing and unorganized. As we approached the front desk to check-in I was greeted with "I assume you don't have a reservation?" Second, after I confirmed I actually did have a reservation for six, we were made to wait over 20 min. while watching other parties escorted in. In total,no purch.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 1/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 3/5
Steve U. Member Since 7/25/2018My BFF
Wine Tasting on 10/03/18 10:30 AM

Very interesting. Well worth the drive

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Cara K. Member Since 9/19/2014My BFF
Elevated Tasting on 9/30/18 11:30 AM

I was really excited to share my love of Hess with my friends and they didn't disappoint. I've been a member for 6 years and i even learned some things. Gustavo, our host, was wonderful. Two of my friends are now members so now we can enjoy all of the Hess benefits together.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Maribeth W. Member Since 9/29/2018My BFF
Wine Tasting on 9/30/18 11:30 AM

We had a great visit to The Hess Winery. The Art Collection was fun to look at it. Wine was great. Our server was excellent - very knowledgeable. We would come back her again.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Rick J. Member Since 9/24/2018Evil Stepmother
Wine Tasting on 9/30/18 11:00 AM

I host was amazing very knowledgeable and the wines ,omg were over the top ,excellent

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Monica S. Member Since 9/20/2018My BFF
Wine Tasting on 9/22/18 1:00 PM

Our friend Chef Chad Hendrickson invited us to a wonderful tasting. He provided a little pastry treat, which was delicious. The reason for our visit is to introduce my 93 father from Columbia South Carolina and sister from San Diego to Hess Winery. Thank you for such a special day. Fondly, Monica Stoker

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kathleen H. Member Since 8/5/2018My BFF
Museum Walk on 9/22/18 10:15 AM

My husband and I had a wonderful tour of the art museum with a very personable and knowledgeable docent. We absolutely loved the landscaped setting of the winery and the wine was delicious!!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Joe G. Member Since 9/25/2018My Ex
Wine Tasting on 9/29/18 1:30 PM

When we arrived, we loved the ambiance and beauty of the facility, but it ended there. When we walked into the tasting room, it was loud and crowded. The host was nice but then disappeared and another host came up as if we had no value. We were so displeased, we paid our fee and left without even seeing the art exhibit.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jillian K. Member Since 9/24/2018Evil Stepmother
Cheese in the Courtyard on 9/29/18 1:00 PM

Do not visit this winery, staff was so stuffy and not willing to help. Also we showed up and nothing was set up or ready for us. It was a huge cluster to get seated and even understand what we booked.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 1/5
Maryann W. Member Since 9/14/2018My BFF
Wine Tasting on 9/29/18 12:30 PM

No other winery provides great wines with great art like Hess does.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ann J. Member Since 9/28/2018My BFF
Wine Tasting on 9/29/18 11:00 AM

We were several people sharing a wine tasting. No one had any problem with this, and in fact the staff went out of their way to accommodate us. We wound up buying several bottles of wine and a few other things. The impetus for our visit was the art collection--stunning as we remembered (glad to see the flaming typewriter is still there). The wine was an add-on.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Tatsuya K. Member Since 8/2/2018My BFF
Elevated Tasting on 9/29/18 11:30 AM

Awesome winery tour! All of my party really enjoyed it.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jim L. Member Since 9/7/2018My BFF
Wine Tasting on 9/28/18 10:30 AM

The ride, the wine, the grounds......all so very worth it!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lisa W. Member Since 9/20/2018My BFF
Wine Tasting on 9/28/18 12:30 PM

Your staff was second to none. Was gracious, friendly and knowledgeable. Was like chatting with a friend. That friendliness was rewarded with a wine subscription and additional orders shipped to us as well. Kindness and a quality product make for a good brand.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Rebecca R. Member Since 9/21/2018My BFF
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 9/25/18 11:30 AM

This was a fabulous personalized tour and tasting with our guide Cindy. Beautiful surroundings, very knowlegeable guide and amazing art. Unique experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Audrey H. Member Since 6/15/2018My BFF
The Hess Experience, Tour and Luncheon on 9/23/18 11:00 AM

The tour and tour guide was fantastic, the food was delicious and creative, the tasting at lunch was amazing. I had not been the Hess for 15 + years and it was amazing! Art collection is top notch!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ana G. Member Since 9/19/2018My Boss
Cheese in the Courtyard on 9/20/18 2:00 PM

The place is nice but it was not so clear that the cheese at courtyard does not include wine tasting, so we canceled it and just did the wine tasting. Service was nice, they let you walk the art collection wich is great but dont let you walk in the property, dont get to see vineyards like others.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Robert & Penney B. Member Since 9/23/2017My BFF
Wine Tasting on 9/22/18 1:00 PM

Great winery wonderful wine highly recommend

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Carol E. Member Since 9/11/2018My BFF
Wine Tasting on 9/22/18 10:30 AM

Gorgeous setting, friendly hospitality, nice range of wines available for tasting, decent deals to be had if you are interested in buying at the tasting room. The Hess Collection (art) was underwhelming -- go for the wine and the setting, not the art.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Brian and Lisa B. Member Since 5/29/2018My BFF
The Lions Release Dinner on 9/08/18 6:00 PM

This was a 'Lion Release Dinner', The Lion being their flagship Cab. The dinner itself rocked. Neither the wife nor I can eat lamb so the chef made a substitution that was spot on. We really appreciated that. Not only were Dave Guffy and the other winemakers and club staff present but so were Samantha and Tim from the Hess family. Every table got someone from the winery at their table. Great job!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Frankie D. Member Since 9/19/2018My BFF
Elevated Tasting on 9/19/18 11:30 AM

The Tasting was just what I wanted for my sister's first ever winery visit. Debbie was so hospitable, warm and informative. And it was great to learn the history if the winery since I am a club member. Lovely grounds, fabulous wines! Thank you! Frankie

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ana N. Member Since 9/9/2018My Parents
Tour Of The Palate on 9/19/18 2:00 PM

excellent wines

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Gordon L. Member Since 9/11/2018My Frenemy
The Hess Experience, Tour and Luncheon on 9/16/18 11:00 AM

Historic setting. Aftermath of earthquake dramatically on view in the damaged wine tank which is a work of nature’s art. Fantastic art museum. Wonderful lunch w excellent pairing of wines. Off the beaten path.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Monica A. Member Since 9/10/2018My Parents
Wine Tasting on 9/15/18 12:30 PM

Lovely

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Amber T. Member Since 4/25/2018My BFF
Wine Tasting on 9/15/18 3:30 PM

As always, Hess is beautiful. Emma, I think was her name, was told we were members but she didn't seem to hear. When we asked to taste something not on the tasting menu, she told us that is for members only. Right - we are members. I think Hess is a beautiful ooh ahh place to visit once. But more than once seems to drop a notch in the experience each time. Jan usually helps us & he's great.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Sandy F. Member Since 9/9/2018My BFF
Vineyard Excursion & Tasting on 9/14/18 3:00 PM

Our guide, Gustavo was very nice, easy going and informative. He made the excursion a "10"! The lady at the desk (sorry, didn't catch her name) was very helpful and got us water to drink since we arrived a little early for our tour.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Marcy L. Member Since 11/11/2017My BFF
Wine Tasting on 9/13/18 4:00 PM

I always love going to Hess. The wine is great and the staff is always friendly and knowledgable. It's like getting a little course on wine tasting. Plus the art gallery! They have 3 floors of some very interesting and beautiful pieces of art.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael L. Member Since 7/18/2018My BFF
Cheese in the Courtyard on 9/13/18 2:00 PM

Very friendly and beautiful location

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Peace K. Member Since 8/14/2018My BFF
Cheese in the Courtyard on 9/10/18 2:00 PM

enjoyed the art work. and the experience of wine tasting .

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Paola S. Member Since 9/9/2018My BFF
Cheese in the Courtyard on 9/10/18 11:00 AM

Was a great experience and the lady give us the tour was the best...She do everything to us feel like a home...Our wine tasting was very placent....

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5

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