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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
  • Blending Seminar
  • Dinner
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • General Tasting
  • Large Groups (8 - 12)
  • Lunch
  • Private Tasting
  • 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
Cindy F. Member Since 6/28/2018
Elevated Tasting on 7/15/18 2:30 PM

Everything was wonderful--we were a group of women celebrating an upcoming wedding and Cindy (our host) was so welcoming and friendly. We felt special and celebrated, with our short winery tour and tasting in the cool barrel room. Loved all the wines, and wish we could have had more time to linger in the art gallery and gardens! Overall great experience.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Mike J. Member Since 7/7/2018
Wine Tasting on 7/09/18 10:00 AM

The wine was great and exceeded my expectations. The service was very good and our host was knowledgeable and friendly. The facility was a bit cold and uncomfortable. It would have been nice to have bar stools to sit on as an hour+ long tasting is a long time on your feet.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Phillip D. Member Since 7/14/2018
Wine Tasting on 7/14/18 3:00 PM

Great hospitality, wine, and art.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Joyce and Ralph B. Member Since 7/7/2018
Vine to Table Excursion and Luncheon on 7/09/18 11:00 AM

We had the most wonderful ATV & Culinary pairing hosted by Austin Bowen! He was delightful; warm and informative yet gracious and professional. His passion for his work at Hess shone through brightly & was infectious! The wines were unique and delicious and perfectly paired with the food! What a special day!! We cannot wait to return and share this experience with clients & friends alike!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Ashley V. Member Since 5/22/2018
Tour, Wine & Chocolate Indulgence on 6/21/18 3:30 PM

When we first arrived, we thought the vineyard was very modern. After learning about the history of the Hess Collection, my husband and I found common ground and fell in love with the story and the wines of the Hess Collection. The chocolate and wine tasting was fun and delicious! the chocolates were so beautiful and tasty! they should do a tour on how they make their chocolates!!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Anne B. Member Since 6/26/2018
Wine Tasting on 6/30/18 3:30 PM

The winery and grounds are beautiful. It is a lovely place to do a tasting then buy some wine to enjoy in the garden. The staff were very helpful and courteous. The museum is quite interesting and different. It was a lovely spot to spend some time on a glorious summer day.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Dane K. Member Since 8/6/2017
Vine to Table Excursion and Luncheon on 7/03/18 11:00 AM

Sue was great!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Derik B. Member Since 7/1/2018
Elevated Tasting on 7/02/18 11:30 AM

The hostess, Sandy, was extremely knowledgeable, the views were amazing, the staff was exceptionally friendly and the history of the winery itself was intriguing. The wines that Hess produces are the best that I have ever had, and I would HIGHLY recommend that every winer lover makes this their first stop when in Napa!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Bronwyn L. Member Since 5/26/2018
Museum Walk on 6/29/18 10:15 AM

Excellent, all-around. We had a nice tour of the contemporary art, then enjoyed our individual picks to taste from the wine list. It's a beautiful place, with welcoming and professional staff. Highly recommended mix of wine and art. Would definitely visit again. Took my new appreciation for Hess wines with me and plan to indulge as a wine club member.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Amanda C. Member Since 5/17/2018
Elevated Tasting on 5/18/18 2:30 PM

My husband and I had a great experience. We enjoyed the tour and the wine tasting experience we were provided with. Everyone we encountered at the winery was great and we don't have anything negative to say. We wished we spent more time and will definitely come back again!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Stephen G. Member Since 5/16/2018
Tour Of The Palate on 6/28/18 2:00 PM

I entertained clients and will be back with friends and family. The Tour of the Palate was incredible. Chef Chad's meal and wine pairing was simply the best! The Hess Collection is truly a Jewel in Napa.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Liliana L. Member Since 4/12/2018
Wine Tasting on 6/28/18 11:30 AM

A beautiful day, the garden and pond looked great. The gallery peaceful, interesting, sometimes challenging. The tasting informative, relaxing, delicious. The shop tempting. Love the barrel wood serving trays. It does not gett much better than that. A visit to Hess is much more than a “wine tasting trip to Napa”. Its an experience for all the senses.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
CarolAnn G. Member Since 11/8/2013
Wine Tasting on 6/23/18 10:00 AM

We had a 10 a.m. appointment and the staff wasn't ready and told us to wait in the courtyard. When no one came out to get us at 10:15 we went inside and they couldn't find our reservation. The staff would talk when we were standing at the bar and not acknowledge us. The person serving us was knowledgeable and friendly but others were not. I wouldn't recommend for winery to my friends.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 3/5
Peter N. Member Since 6/22/2018
Wine Tasting on 6/24/18 12:00 PM

We have been members of the wine club for about 15 years and have enjoyed it from day one. We always feel welcome, and we get the BEST service. After our visit on Sunday we talked about how welcoming the Hess Collection is to us. We feel as if we are part of the family. This Sunday, we met Cindy for the first time, and she was very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. Great experience!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Robert F. Member Since 11/13/2015
Wine Tasting on 6/24/18 2:00 PM

Beautiful atmosphere, the wines were fantastic and the server (wish I could remember her name) was absolutely wonderful.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Dolores T. Member Since 1/24/2013
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 6/23/18 11:30 AM

This was a pleasant experience. We did the cheese and wine pairing it was worth every penny. The wines were delicious as was the cheese and Steve was very knowledgeable about the Hess company and wines. Thank you!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Taryn L. Member Since 10/15/2014
Elevated Tasting on 6/14/18 11:30 AM

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful private tour and tasting with Austin; the tour was informative and personable. We enjoyed walking the grounds and learning about the roots of the winery. The tasting was held in the barrel room, which was intimate and beautiful. We tasting outstanding wines and enjoyed learning about each one.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lori R. Member Since 11/8/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 6/23/18 2:00 PM

The Tour of the Palate tasting was wonderful. Beautiful wines and the food pairing was spectacular. Our guide was great, providing just the right amount of information.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Zane C. Member Since 5/11/2018
Tour, Wine & Chocolate Indulgence on 6/18/18 3:30 PM

The chocolate and wine pairing were good. The staff was excellent and took care of all of our needs.

Overall Score 4/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
mario n. Member Since 6/2/2018
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 6/10/18 3:00 PM

After visiting the Hess winery- Colome, in Argentina this was a let down. The art museum was of course world class but the 'wine tour' was not You walk to the edge of a tiny vineyard near the building shown a cheesy video of the business without any input from Donald Hess have a peek into a cellar and wine tasting- which was good. The guide was a part timer not in the industry so no help really.

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 3/5
Hospitality 2/5
Ambiance 2/5
Lauran H. Member Since 9/26/2014
Elevated Tasting on 6/11/18 11:30 AM

Sue B led our group of 4 on a perfect tour of the property, the revised video about the history and geography of Hess Collection, and amazing tasting of some very special wines. Our guests were very impressed with the variety of wines available and friendly staff.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Kelly S. Member Since 6/6/2018
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 6/08/18 11:30 AM

Sam was great. It was nice to experience the winery with a small group of people. The art collection was beautiful, as well.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Missy S. Member Since 9/25/2017
Wine Tasting on 6/07/18 4:00 PM

Very rude. Seemed like they only wanted to hurry us out. Even when we were buying wine. Will not return

Overall Score 2/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 1/5
Ambiance 2/5
Donald H. Member Since 6/6/2018
Museum Walk on 6/06/18 10:15 AM

Michael's guided tour of the art exhibits was exceptional; could not believe the exceptional range of art

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Eric U. Member Since 5/28/2018
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 6/01/18 3:00 PM

Truly wonderful place with exceptional staff and exquisite wine!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nancy B. Member Since 3/26/2016
Elevated Tasting on 6/03/18 2:30 PM

Hess rolled out the red carpet for the Elevated tasting we booked on my birthday. We were enthusiastically greeted at reception, then met our friendly host, Steve. He gave us a short tour then we proceeded to the barrel room for our personalize tasting of four of their best wines. We visited the main tasting room after and then the art gallery - fabulous experience all around! Highly recommend!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Lauran H. Member Since 9/26/2014
Elevated Tasting on 6/02/18 11:30 AM

Michael was an outstanding tour guide and host. His choices of wines were amazing!! We plan to request him for future Elevated Tastings!!??????

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Dario G. Member Since 5/21/2018
Wine Tasting on 6/02/18 3:30 PM

Unique settings and different from the other wineries. Loved the art gallery. The reception and the wine host were very friendly.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jim G. Member Since 5/7/2018
Wine Tasting on 5/08/18 10:00 AM

A short, pretty ride to the west of Napa, beautiful grounds and buildings, great wine, world-class art on three floors in a remarkable museum setting, exceptional staff, and even a barrel room that adds to the view with the angels’ share— a little jaunt to Hess Winery is an incredibly rich treat and a must-do in the Napa Valley.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Jay P. Member Since 5/25/2018
Wine Tasting on 5/26/18 2:00 PM

Amazing experience at one of our favorite wineries. Thank you so much for your time, suggestions and assistance in shipping, etc. We will recommend this to everyone!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Sharon D. Member Since 3/7/2013
Wine Tasting on 5/25/18 10:30 AM

I do tours in Napa, so I usually don't get to experience the tastings, etc. We had Steve as our host/guide and he was great! The friends I brought were equally happy with our event. We bought 6 (I think) bottles between us. Thank you.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 4/5
Sarah H. Member Since 5/15/2018
Elevated Tasting on 5/24/18 11:30 AM

Elevated tasting led by Nancy - she was hospitable, knowledgeable and created an overall enjoyable experience for us.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Denise F. Member Since 4/10/2018
Museum Walk on 5/07/18 10:15 AM

We enjoyed a wonderful tour of the art collection and then had a tasting of wines. We loved our visit and look forward to our wines arriving!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Dee H. Member Since 6/3/2016
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 5/19/18 11:30 AM

Very inviting and I felt like I was in an art gallery

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Norman B. Member Since 5/19/2018
Wine Tasting on 5/19/18 11:00 AM

Outstanding wines with great atmosphere - art is an extra bonus!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Michael F. Member Since 4/22/2018
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 5/19/18 3:00 PM

This elegant winery is a delightful setting to view the vineyard, the art collection and to taste wines. We visited 25 years ago, during the formative years of the winery, and again just recently. The way things have evolved is wonderful, I would suggest a visit to anybody who is serious about wine and setting. I suggest a tour with Steve, who was a delight to spend an afternoon with.

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Brian K. Member Since 2/12/2018
Wine Tasting on 5/19/18 3:00 PM

The winery/garden area has a great feel. Art exhibits are nice. The tasting room is high energy in activity/noise. Our tasting professional was hands off not providing any info on the winery or the wines. They were accommodating when we shifted tasting plans. The cost for the tastes is VERY expensive for 4 tastes of essentially, run of the mill Cab. No single vineyard. Would not go back.

Overall Score 3/5
First Impression 4/5
Hospitality 3/5
Ambiance 3/5
David E. Member Since 5/17/2018
Wine Tasting on 5/17/18 3:30 PM

Delightful ambiance, outstanding art, and very friendly hosts

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
David K. Member Since 3/19/2018
The Hess Experience, Tour and Luncheon on 5/17/18 11:00 AM

Totally wonderful experience. We took a tour plus lunch. Exceptional!

Overall Score 5/5
First Impression 5/5
Hospitality 5/5
Ambiance 5/5
Nicole P. Member Since 5/14/2018
Wine Tasting on 5/14/18 4:30 PM

Really great vibe and wine! Only bummer is we were the last tasting and were unable to buy more glasses of wine that we enjoyed when we were done

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