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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 Tours & Tastings
  • By Appointment Only
  • Food & Wine Pairing
  • Napa Neighbor Participant
  • Private Tastings
  • Reservation Required
  • Reservations Recommended
  • Vineyard Tours
  • Wine & Cheese Pairing
  • Wine & Chocolate Pairing
  • Wine Club
  • Wine Tasting
varietals Varietals Offered
  • Albarino
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Carignane
  • Charbono
  • Chardonnay
  • Malbec
  • Muscat
  • Petite Sirah
  • Pinot Gris
  • Port Wine
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel
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Michael G. Member Since 4/19/2017
The Hess Experience, Tour and Luncheon on 5/20/17 11:00 AM

We absolutely loved the art tour and lunch. Our host was informative and professional. The staff at the luncheon were wonderful as well; the lunch was superb and the wine pairings only enhanced the food selection. What a wonderful way to enjoy a such a special place! Cheers to the Hess Family for doing things right!

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Padma K. Member Since 11/10/2016
Wine Tasting on 5/20/17 3:30 PM

Really loved our time here! The person pouring for us was engaging and informative and we loved the high ceilings in the tasting room and the art gallery.

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Nathan A. Member Since 4/26/2017
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 5/13/17 3:00 PM

Austin is an awesome host. His knowledge and delivery of the history of the winery is superb. He easily vamped on questions from our small group, making the tour personal. ...excellent setting. We very much enjoyed the gallery and courtyard cheese and wine pairing. ....gotta say tho', that the front desk folks could do a much better job of remembering who guests are and why they're there!!

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Maria P. Member Since 5/2/2017
Tour Of The Palate on 5/13/17 2:00 PM

I took a group of six girlfriends who knew nothing about Hess for a Tour of the Palate. Orlando was our tour guide and he was a lot of fun and knowledgeable. Chef Chad took care of all our culinary expectations. My friends were so pleasantly surprised with the excellent wine, perfect food pairing, all the fantastic art displays, and the landscape and scenery. Thank you all at Hess Winery.

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Sandy R. Member Since 4/14/2017
Tour, Wine & Chocolate Indulgence on 5/09/17 3:30 PM

The chocolate and wine tasting was exellent. My husband and I got a private tour and tasting, the chocolate was incredible and we learned a lot about pairings. Highly recommended!!

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Kendra C. Member Since 5/6/2017
Wine Tasting on 5/06/17 1:30 PM

Sue and the entire staff were wonderful. The art, the Pinot and the location were the perfect way to impress Napa upon my out of town guests at the last minute.

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Bill W. Member Since 3/14/2016
Wine Tasting on 5/06/17 3:30 PM

Besides the fact that I personally did not care for any of these wines (all very chewy and monotone), I found the whole tasting process to be off-putting: very mechanical and impersonal. I felt like I was at the DMV and when my number was called I was permitted to proceed to the tasting room. Our "host" for the tasting was marginal and at the end they asked if I wanted to tip him!?! tip him????

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Amy F. Member Since 1/18/2017
Wine Tasting on 5/05/17 2:00 PM

They made the chocolate tasting happen for us and it was amazing, we loved everything.

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Katy P. Member Since 3/28/2017
Vine to Table Tour and Luncheon on 5/04/17 10:30 AM

Mike was a wonderful guide. Really knowledgeable. the luncheon was one of the best meals I've had. Hands down the pastry chef made the best dessert we've ever had. Really wonderful time and would love to come back!

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Carter B. Member Since 2/21/2017
Elevated Tasting on 4/28/17 2:30 PM

We had a great tour and tasting at Hess. It was our best winery of the weekend. Thank you for the great hospitality, attention to detail and history, and for making our group feel like we were getting special treatment. Keep doing what you are doing! Thanks.

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Eyal B. Member Since 5/3/2017
Wine Tasting on 5/03/17 4:00 PM

friendly and professional the art exhibition adds a lot

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James and Pamela C. Member Since 12/21/2015
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 4/28/17 3:00 PM

Beautiful grounds and delicious wine!

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stephanie c. Member Since 4/22/2017
Wine Tasting on 4/30/17 2:00 PM

I had a great time! Tasting room staff was helpful, friendly and very informative.

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Rich S. Member Since 4/24/2017
Vine to Table Tour and Luncheon on 4/30/17 10:30 AM

We all very much enjoyed the vibe to table tour. The views on the vineyard tour were beautiful, the food was amazing, and the wine pairings were perfect. Kenzie, our guide, was awesome. The tour was the highlight of our trip to Napa.

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Pat T. Member Since 2/21/2017
Wine Tasting on 4/29/17 3:00 PM

Not a pleasant tasting experience, but did love the art collection

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Kacey D. Member Since 4/20/2017
Wine Tasting on 4/22/17 2:30 PM

Beautiful scenery, unique experience due to the art collection. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Beautiful outdoor setting, too. Will come back.

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Jeff W. Member Since 4/21/2014
Wine Tasting on 4/22/17 11:00 AM

I have been a member since 2008 and always have enjoyed my experience at Hess.

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Karen S. Member Since 4/20/2017
Earth Day Walk-About Tour & Boxed Lunch on 4/22/17 11:00 AM

Michael made us feel welcome from start to finish. No question was a stupid question and he made answers perfectly understandable. Entire team on duty was friendly and appeared positive and happy.. We felt the love.

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Mara W. Member Since 1/18/2015
Wine Tasting on 4/21/17 2:00 PM

Everyone was very nice and approachable. Winery was beautiful!

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Dianne Z. Member Since 4/18/2017
Museum Walk on 4/21/17 10:15 AM

I was very impressed with the art tour. The leaders were very knowledgeable, they shared the most interesting backstories regarding Mr. Hess, the artists, and the art work, and the building and grounds were lovely (in spite of repair work that was going on).

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Briana C. Member Since 3/13/2012
Tour Of The Palate on 4/21/17 2:00 PM

Great wine! First time visiting and enjoyed it. I wish the tour of the grounds would have been longer or more informative, but maybe that was because we had a good pairing to do as well.

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Jennifer S. Member Since 4/19/2017
Wine Tasting on 4/19/17 2:00 PM

Although they were under some reconstruction everything was beautiful and clean. The staff was very friendly and the wine speaks for itself. We sent home a few bottles to keep the memories alive. We will definitely be back! They also gave some fantastic recommendations for other places to visit. It was greatly appreciated we had a lovely time discovering those places as well. Thanks!

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Margaret W. Member Since 4/7/2017
Wine Tasting on 4/08/17 12:30 PM

We all enjoyed the wine tasting experience - great server, he was very easy to talk to and informative about the wines and fun! Enjoyed the grounds and art.

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Rob H. Member Since 4/13/2017
Wine Tasting on 4/16/17 2:30 PM

Liked the art gallery

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Eric H. Member Since 4/5/2017
Wine Tasting on 4/15/17 11:30 AM

Awesome wines and atmosphere!

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Adam M. Member Since 9/9/2016
Wine Tasting on 4/15/17 12:00 PM

Hess continues to impress me more and more every visit. The wine is amazing and has no competition in the Pinot Noir sector as far as I'm concerned. And the staff is personable, inviting, and informative every visit.

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Ashleigh F. Member Since 3/28/2017
Wine Tasting on 4/08/17 12:30 PM

Amazing! Beautiful surroundings and garden. All the people were friendly and Hannah made our tasting experience fantastic.

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Julia F. Member Since 3/28/2017
Wine Tasting on 4/13/17 3:30 PM

Everything was amazing. The winery is super sweet and the tasting room super cozy. Staff was friendly and told us everything we needed to know about each wine. The store is also full of sweet gifts.

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Margaret p. Member Since 4/3/2017
Wine Tasting on 4/08/17 1:30 PM

I have been to Hess at least 6 times and this past visit unfortunately was not the best. Upon arrival, the greeting was a little unorganized. Our tasting was usual and nothing special. Unfortunately since building is under construction, one of the galleries closed, we couldn't take advantage of the facility to the fullest. I'll probably come back when construction is over. Thanks

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Christine P. Member Since 4/2/2017
Wine Tasting on 4/06/17 10:30 AM

Amazing atmosphere and wine

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Lynn D. Member Since 3/24/2017
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 4/02/17 11:30 AM

Great presentation and scenery. The Art work was interesting. Wine pairing with cheeses was elegant and a surprise. A diverse experience which kept it very interesting

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Haley B. Member Since 3/31/2017
Wine Tasting on 4/01/17 3:00 PM

We had such a lovely time. A beautiful property and top notch staff. Cindy was wonderful - super personable and educated us on some of the most delicious wine we've ever had the pleasure of tasting.

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Mike R. Member Since 3/27/2017
Wine Tasting on 3/31/17 11:00 AM

Great experience and outstanding wine

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Dawn W. Member Since 8/21/2016
Wine Tasting on 3/25/17 4:00 PM

Host was very busy and did little more than pour the wine and walk away. We were looking for more information about each wines.

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Dave P. Member Since 3/16/2017
Wine Tasting on 3/25/17 10:00 AM

Tasting rep was great and she was knowlegabke about your wines and the industry as a whole. Keep up the great work, love your Mt. Veeder Cab, Chardonnay, and really love your Block 19 blend...buy them all the time...nice tasting choices as well...Muscat solid and lively and refreshing...beautiful tasting room and amazing museum...we will definitely be back in near future. Thank you for everything

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Judy Y. Member Since 7/25/2015
Tour Of The Palate on 3/24/17 2:00 PM

The staff is always friendly, over the phone and in person. The winery is beautiful and I really enjoyed the Tour of the Palate, the food was delicious!

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Steve D. Member Since 6/29/2014
Wine Tasting on 3/24/17 2:00 PM

Beautiful property. Great wines. Just need to be less stingy with the bread sticks.

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Leo E. Member Since 3/12/2017
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 3/23/17 3:00 PM

Wine and cheese pairing. The second floor was under construction, which contained many of the artworks. Was not impressed with the other artwork. The cheese pairing went well, but some of the wines were young. We tasted a few of their reserve wines which were wonderful. After purchasing over $200 of wine they still charged full tasting cost!

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Amy M. Member Since 3/4/2017
Wine Tasting on 3/23/17 12:30 PM

My husband and I had a wonderful visit. We enjoyed the art and the wines, and our server was great. We will go back!

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Monty B. Member Since 8/21/2016
Wine Tasting on 3/15/17 4:00 PM

Tasting host was wonderful as was the wine. Favorite stop of the day.

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