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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.

features Notable Features
  • Architectural Appeal
  • Art on Display
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Owned
  • Gardens
  • Ghost Winery
  • Historic Building
  • Scenic View
  • Special Events
  • Sustainable
tours and tastings 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 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 Visitors5 Star Average Rating
Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ana N. Member Since 9/9/2018
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 9/11/2018
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 9/10/2018
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 4/25/2018
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 9/9/2018
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 11/11/2017
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 7/18/2018
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 8/14/2018
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 9/9/2018
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
Robert F. Member Since 11/13/2015
Wine Tasting on 9/11/18 2:30 PM

I'm a member and I pick up my quarterly wine club selections so that I can visit this and other Napa wineries. On this visit we brought some out of town guests and they absolutely loved it...the wine...the art gallery...the grounds...and the drive up.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
George N. Member Since 4/24/2018
The Lions Release Dinner on 9/08/18 6:00 PM

Lion releas dinner.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Judy C. Member Since 2/23/2018
Wine Tasting on 9/01/18 10:00 AM

This is a fantastic winery with a wide range of wines and good values. We had a fantastic tasting with Steve who was able to discern wines best suiting all 3 of us. The ambiance of the tasting room, gallery, and gift shop is extremely nice and the grounds are lovely. This is my 2nd visit to Hess and it will definitely be on my list for my next visit to Napa.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Laura P. Member Since 8/2/2018
Tour, Wine & Chocolate Indulgence on 9/06/18 3:30 PM

Warm, knowledgeable, welcoming staff. Gustave was great! The truffles and wine pairing were amazing, and we really enjoyed quietly wondering through the very impressive art collection prior to the tasting. It was overall, a very enjoyable afternoon!!!

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 4/5
Kristen J. Member Since 10/17/2016
Wine Tasting on 9/06/18 4:30 PM

The drive and scenery of the winery is beautiful. Our primary reason for visiting the Hess Collection was the art gallery. Our wine consultant let us know that the 5:30 was a soft close and we were welcome to stay. Within minutes of starting the art gallery tour, the lady who greeted us told us we had to leave and it was a firm close time. She was rude and abrasive in tone. I would not go back.

Overall Score 1/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 2/5
Rakesh & Susan J. Member Since 9/4/2018
Tour, Wine & Chocolate Indulgence on 9/05/18 3:30 PM

Awesome, took my breath away and it was in many ways a spiritual experience. I need to spend more time the next time

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
James E. Member Since 8/12/2018
Wine Tasting on 9/02/18 10:00 AM

We really enjoyed our visit to the Hess Winery.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Elena L. Member Since 6/27/2018
Wine Tasting on 9/02/18 3:00 PM

We had the most amazing time at Hess! This was our second time, but this experience felt much more personal and the caliber of wines was terrific! I highly recommend the cab flight. It is also a great place to take out of town guests since the grounds and museum are so stunning.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lori S. Member Since 6/24/2018
Elevated Tasting on 9/01/18 11:30 AM

The experience was everything I had hoped it would be and it even exceeded my expectations. Our guide for the tasting was knowledgeable and made the tour fun. This is a must see!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jason W. Member Since 8/27/2018
The Hess Experience, Tour and Luncheon on 9/01/18 11:00 AM

Really great place to visit for art and wine. Lovely lunch as well.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
William M. Member Since 9/12/2016
Elevated Tasting on 8/29/18 11:30 AM

Gustavo gave us a wonderful elevated tasting. His knowledge was fantastic and the wines delicious. The whole experience was top notch. One of the few wineries where each pour is in a separate glass. Make sure you watch the movie to learn about the history of the owners and winery.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Benjamin M. Member Since 8/29/2018
Wine Tasting on 8/29/18 4:00 PM

A wonderful experience

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jeremy M. Member Since 8/24/2018
Wine Tasting on 8/26/18 12:00 PM

Great ambience, beautiful place. Staff was a bit pushy - would not leave us alone to enjoy the courtyard. Was repeatedly asked by staff members if I would like to purchase additional items. It felt as if they wanted me to leave immediately unless I continued to buy more.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 5/5
David J. Member Since 8/19/2018
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 8/27/18 3:00 PM

Sue was great on the wine/cheese pairing

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
David M. Member Since 8/22/2018
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 8/26/18 11:30 AM

Serene location. So much art on display. With one large room dedicated as a gallery. Decided on a wine and cheese tour. Our guide, Michael was very knowledgeable about the winery's history and explained its sustainability practices. The cheese pairing portion was the highlight. Michael selected the perfect cheese from local Bay Area creameries. Albarino and the Malbec were my favorites.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Scott S. Member Since 8/24/2018
Wine Tasting on 8/26/18 3:00 PM

Nice place, a little noisy in the tasting room.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 2/5
Karen S. Member Since 8/9/2018
Wine Tasting on 8/23/18 2:00 PM

We started with a great server who got really busy so another was brought in. Both were fun but we would have like a little more distribution of the wines. Overall we really did have a great time.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 4/5
Ambiance 5/5
Evgeniya C. Member Since 8/21/2018
Wine Tasting on 8/25/18 11:00 AM

Great experience and great wine! We even bought three bottles, something we rarely do.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Daniel D. Member Since 7/20/2018
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 8/25/18 3:00 PM

Cesar and team are the best! This winery not only has the best wines in the valley, their venue is the most beautiful and all of their employees are so friendly & helpful!!! Can't wait to come back and visit again!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
J.J. P. Member Since 8/1/2018
The Hess Experience, Tour and Luncheon on 8/25/18 11:00 AM

We had a very enjoyable tour, visit to the art collection, and a delicious lunch.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Caitlin S. Member Since 8/23/2018
Wine Tasting on 8/23/18 11:00 AM

We were referred to The Hess Collection Winery by our property manager in Browns Valley. Since it was only a 10 minute drive from where we were staying, we decided to go. We easily made a tasting appointment the same day and were blown away by how beautiful the winery was. During the tasting, we were given lots of information about the wine which was great!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mark H. Member Since 8/13/2018
Vine to Table Excursion and Luncheon on 8/21/18 11:00 AM

This is a very personalized experience. A once in a lifetime experience that pulls together the vineyard, the wines and the food. Our guide Sue was incredible and made us feel very much at home. We look forward to doing another excursion when we return to Napa.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Glenda K. Member Since 8/19/2018
Wine Tasting on 8/20/18 2:00 PM

We loved it and the person pouring the wine and speaking about the history, made the whole experience. The grounds were no other word but purely breathtaking. Was hoping to be in a wine tour when I booked reservations so that was a huge disappointment. Loved the Art Galley, my second time viewing and it was even better than the first time.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Eric B. Member Since 8/13/2018
Wine Tasting on 8/19/18 10:00 AM

Total class from moment one. Made to feel like part of the family. Tastings were great. Hostess great. Gallery great. Beautiful and class all the way around. With incredible wine. This visit was the perfect visit to kick off two days of winery visits in Napa.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael H. Member Since 7/21/2016
Wine Tasting on 8/19/18 2:30 PM

Fabulous wines. Friendly and helpful staff.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
John M. Member Since 2/2/2014
Elevated Tasting on 8/17/18 2:30 PM

Nice wine in a beautiful setting surrounded by outstanding art. Sam led our tour and he was knowledgeable and engaging. We especially liked the Mount Veeder Cabernet and the Lion Cabernet. We also enjoyed the Sauvignon Blanc and the Chardonnay.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kat D. Member Since 6/1/2018
Wine Tasting on 8/18/18 2:00 PM

We visited this winery because we heard the property was beautiful and we wanted something off the beaten path. We enjoyed the art gallery but we really liked the patio area.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Reinhart W. Member Since 6/7/2018
Tour, Wine & Chocolate Indulgence on 8/17/18 3:30 PM

We did the wine and chocolate indulgence. The wines were great and the pairings with the chocolates took the taste to another level. Our tour guide Gave us a great tour explaining the history of the winery and walking us through the vinyard and the property. Very informative and also a lot of fun. I would highly recommend the wine and chocolate indulgence at the Hess Collection Winery.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Tracy L. Member Since 8/18/2018
Wine Tasting on 8/18/18 1:00 PM

We had an excellent experience at The Hess Collection. The reception staff was kind and welcoming, and the tasting room attendants were so nice and open with us. This was not our typical Napa winery experience - The Hess is laid back, friendly, knowledgeable and first-class all around. The art collection is truly special. We'll recommend it to our friends, for sure.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jaclynn V. Member Since 8/14/2018
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 8/16/18 3:00 PM

The tour is not to be missed and Sue (our guide) was great! They were able to accommodate a dietary restriction with is always appreciated. Would absolutely recommend.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Maya R. Member Since 8/16/2018
Wine Tasting on 8/16/18 2:00 PM

We came to the Hess Collection Winery to view the artwork, which was very good. Unfortunately my spouse—who recently had knee surgery—didn’t get to see it because the facility, while accessible, did not have wheelchairs for guests. We did share a wine tasting and the staff made sure to get him a seat so he didn’t have to stand while tasting. We appreciated the beauty of the facility.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
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