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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
  • 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
  • Chardonnay
  • Malbec
  • Mourvedre/Mataro
  • Muscat
  • Petite Sirah
  • Port Wine
  • Red Table Wine
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel
Average Score from CellarPass Visitors6 Star Average Rating
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Susan C. Member Since 4/10/2016
Wine Tasting on 4/24/16 1:00 PM

At first glance at the tasting menu was overwhelming , but Andrew was fabulous. I told him the type of wine I like and let him pick my selections. He chose some wonderful wines and was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. I loved that many of the wines were reasonably priced. The art collection was very interesting. Very extreme but fun to see. My favorite winery in Napa Valley!!!

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heather t. Member Since 4/24/2016
Wine Tasting on 4/24/16 11:00 AM

we last visited two years ago and 1) no reservation for tasting was needed 2) got to wander your courtyard and art freely this time: 1) reservation check in and 'escort' to tasting complete pompus WASTE of your $ 2) since your courtyard is under construction we couldn't buy a glass of wine to enjoy after our tasting? LAME when you visit SILVER OAK and feel more welcomed than at your winery? FAIL!

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Tom T. Member Since 4/18/2016
Wine Tasting on 4/23/16 2:00 PM

Great tasting room and art collection. Wine is just alright. Our Server does know about Hess' wine. It is just that we tasted very good wine beforehand (Silver Oaks).

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William H. Member Since 4/13/2016
Wine Tasting on 4/16/16 1:30 PM

Personal attention by our server, including extras and humor. Will return often.

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Brian T. Member Since 4/13/2016
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 4/21/16 11:30 AM

Very informative and educational, great job!

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Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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Kerry M. Member Since 3/23/2016
Elevated Tasting on 4/22/16 2:30 PM

We had a private tour and tasting with Orlando and it was wonderful. He was very informative and really made the experience fun for all in our group, even the non-drinkers.

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Joe B. Member Since 4/22/2016
Wine Tasting on 4/22/16 1:00 PM

Beautiful estate and we were welcomed the second we walked through the door! Really enjoyed the art work, the wine, and the grounds. It was our 1st tasting of our trip and we left we a great experience

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Mona S. Member Since 7/22/2014
Tour, Wine & Chocolate Experience on 4/21/16 3:30 PM

My favorite experience of our trip! We did a wine and chocolate tasting, our host was both knowledgable and engaging!

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Rose L. Member Since 3/5/2015
Elevated Tasting on 4/20/16 11:30 AM

The tasting was outside near blooming flowers. The fragrance from the garden was overwhelming. The entire tasting was not seated.

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Joan C. Member Since 5/29/2014
Museum Walk on 4/18/16 10:15 AM

I give it 5 stars across the board. I always enjoy taking my out of town company to Hess Collection Winery because it is always a wonderful experience. Last week I took family from Michigan and did the Museum Walk with Michael. He was so very knowledgeable. Last year I took my European sister and Roderick started our tour in the vineyard. Always fun and we get to drink great wines.

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Kevin and Autumn R. Member Since 4/15/2016
Wine Tasting on 4/17/16 11:00 AM

We came from IL and are club members. Had hoped to be treated a little better as members, but overall had a much less enjoyable experience than other winery's we visited. Was very disappointed.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 1 Star Rating 1/5
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Michelle G. Member Since 4/14/2016
Wine Tasting on 4/15/16 2:00 PM

The venue was nice and I regret that I did not get to look at the art as we were running late. The service was good and Kenzie (forgive me if I don't have his name exactly right) was great! Very social and engaging. Unfortunately, I did not care for most of the wines, though I did buy a bottle of the Orange Muscat, as I thought it would be a nice dessert wine to have on hand.

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Anabel R. Member Since 4/2/2016
Wine Tasting on 4/03/16 11:30 AM

I have been to theHess Collection Winery once before and the garden was stunning and quite memorable. However, during this visit, it was under construction, which is why I only gave 3 stars for first impression. However, the hospitality and the Hess Collection quickly reminded me why I decided to return. Overall, I was happy with my experience

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Marie B. Member Since 3/1/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 4/10/16 2:00 PM

This was one of the highlights of our trip. The trip up the hill was beautiful and tranquil. We enjoyed the art exhibit and private tour of the Hess gallery, but our private tasting and chef prepared pairings were by far the best! I wouldn't only recommend this to my boss, who is a wine sommelier, but to everyone who wants this celebrity experience. Be sure to purchase their peanut brittle!

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Kristen C. Member Since 2/6/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 4/04/16 2:00 PM

The Tour of the Palate is a decadent experience that introduces visitors to all of the unique attributes The Hess Collection offers. The food was excellent & paired well with the wine. We enjoyed having the meal presented to us by the winery's fantastic chef. The dining room is a serene space with beautiful views. Jan was an excellent host and tour guide of the art collection. Recommend it!

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Alexis K. Member Since 3/16/2016
Elevated Tasting on 4/02/16 2:30 PM

My friends and I really enjoyed it, tasting in the barrel room was especially nice

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Lauren M. Member Since 3/28/2016
Wine Tasting on 4/02/16 12:30 PM

We had a great experience at our tasting. We were a mother/daughter duo and we were treated with such great hospitality. We would definitely come back on our next visit to Napa/Sonoma.

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Pamela R. Member Since 3/8/2016
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 4/01/16 11:30 AM

Tour of vineyard wine and cheese pairing. Fun educational time

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Christine B. Member Since 3/30/2016
Elevated Small Bites Tasting on 3/31/16 1:00 PM

Hess set the bar very high for all standards. I had a wonderful guide, Cesar, who catered to the copious amount of questions I had. He was very knowledgeable, friendly, and made my visit so special. The wine was wonderful and paired well with the elevated bites. I would highly recommend Hess to future travelers to Napa.

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Gary F. Member Since 3/21/2016
Wine Tasting on 3/29/16 11:00 AM

Loved the art work. Wine was good but the art was the best part for me.

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