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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 Visitors5 Star Average Rating
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Elizabeth M. Member Since 8/16/2016
Wine Tasting on 8/26/16 11:30 AM

Fell in love with the wine - joined their wine club. But more importantly Mike did a fantastic job of making us feel welcome and explaining the various wines we tasted. The art gallery was an added benefit!

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Roger H. Member Since 8/15/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 8/24/16 2:00 PM

Was amazed by the art collection. Rod (our private tour guide) described the history of the acquisition of various pieces - so fascinating. Then the wine and food - fabulous!! Chef Hendrickson's dishes paired well with the wines. Clearly satisfied the two palates of art and wines.

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Robert and Claudia I. Member Since 8/19/2016
Museum Walk on 8/25/16 10:15 AM

We enjoyed our art tour and wine tasting last week. The guide was very interesting and even engaged a group of not very educated art tourist. Should I run right out and buy a $25 million piece of art or another bottle of Hess wine??? Maybe the Hess beverage while I think about the Hess Collection. Your winery is a very peaceful and special place. We will return!!

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Ruth R. Member Since 8/21/2016
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 8/26/16 11:30 AM

We look forward to our shipment arriving!

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Gail M. Member Since 4/4/2013
Wine Tasting on 8/25/16 11:00 AM

It was really wonderful. it took me twenty years to get there! But I will return again quite soon! The wine and grounds are fabulous. The art was interesting and the personnel superb!!

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Trish h. Member Since 6/25/2015
Wine Tasting on 8/21/16 2:30 PM

Great wine tasting experience for my friends from Virginia. Staff very cordial and welcoming. thanks!

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Marcy L. Member Since 7/23/2016
Wine Tasting on 8/21/16 1:00 PM

As soon as you pull into the parking lot you see beautiful surroundings. Everyone is very friendly and knowledgable. The wine is great! Kenzie and Austin poured for us. They have helped us before. Both are great at their jobs and are good company while tasting. They love to educate people on the wines.

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Jessica D. Member Since 8/5/2016
Elevated Tasting on 8/19/16 11:30 AM

Beautiful property. Enjoyed the tour, especially the tasting with cheese pairings in the barrel room. Also enjoyed looking at the art.

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Ezio D. Member Since 8/16/2016
Wine Tasting on 8/19/16 3:00 PM

Very welcoming, great team at Hess who were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Wonderful location which is off the beat and track.

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Phil G. Member Since 8/3/2016
Wine Tasting on 8/16/16 11:30 AM

The wines were interesting, the tasting room a pleasure and the art gallery was surprising in its quality. And overall great experience, worth the drive!

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Robert M. Member Since 8/3/2016
Wine Tasting on 8/15/16 1:00 PM

Beautiful winery, excellent wines and intetesting modern art collection.

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Brian M. Member Since 5/6/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 8/12/16 2:00 PM

From Ashley Cox honoring an out of date Certificate, to Michael leading us through a fabulous Tasting and Pairing, the afternoon could not have gone better!!! We bough a tremendous amount of wine, so will be thinking about Hess Collection for quite some time to come!! Additional kudos to the Chef and Food Server (both of who's names escape me presently)!

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Greg S. Member Since 8/11/2016
Wine Tasting on 8/13/16 3:30 PM

The vinery has a beautiful decor and a wonderful art collection. However, that's where the positive experience ends. The tasting room is standing room only. There is no food pairings and not even snacks (they gave us some breadsticks when we asked). The sommelier (or rather the bartender) was pouring all wines that we were tasting into the same glass and didn't even offer us water.

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Kimberly W. Member Since 8/3/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 8/13/16 2:00 PM

We enjoyed a host-led tour of the art gallery then we were escorted to a private dining room. In the dining room we we were treated to a stunning 3-course tasting of delicious chef-prepared food paired with Hess wines. We were not expecting the high level food and personalized attention.

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maria r. Member Since 7/27/2016
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 8/07/16 3:00 PM

Wine and cheese tasting was phenomenal the movie was great and the staff was very knowledgeable and friendly

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William R. Member Since 7/9/2016
Elevated Tasting on 8/07/16 2:30 PM

Art collection is great, and was the highlight. The elevated tasting was a little underwhelming, and the Hess tasting guide was not particularly good.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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Sandra H. Member Since 7/23/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 8/07/16 2:00 PM

Elegant, lovely people, great food, great art. And out-of-this-world wine. An amazing experience. We loved it.

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Carrie Y. Member Since 7/29/2016
Wine Tasting on 8/06/16 11:30 AM

Beautiful location and easy to find. The wine was excellent and we joined the wine club. The tasting was adequate. The gal was very new and enthusiastic which was fine for us but wouldn't be for more discerning patrons.

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Kelsey S. Member Since 7/26/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 8/02/16 2:00 PM

Our experience was amazing. The food pairing and art tour was a highlight to our Napa trip.

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Elaine P. Member Since 6/28/2016
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 7/26/16 11:30 AM

It is a Beautiful property and we had a very informative guide. The Food and pairing we had was delicious. We have already recommended it to fr Ends who will be in Napa in October !

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Kristi C. Member Since 7/11/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 7/31/16 2:00 PM

We had a fantastic tour of the gallery and a beautiful pairing of food and wine!

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Paula W. Member Since 7/15/2016
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 7/30/16 3:00 PM

A beautiful location with a beautiful reception and a wonderful tour. The wines were very good and the pairings were terrific.

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Nigel C. Member Since 7/25/2016
Museum Walk on 7/30/16 10:15 AM

Excellent tour off art collection. Wine tasting very extensive & professional

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Jeff M. Member Since 2/11/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 7/29/16 2:00 PM

Absolutely wonderful

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Jan C. Member Since 9/23/2014
Wine Tasting on 7/29/16 4:00 PM

Wonderful wines at a beautiful facility.

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Marcy L. Member Since 7/23/2016
Wine Tasting on 7/24/16 1:00 PM

The estate is beautiful. The art gallery is interesting. Everyone who helped us was pleasant and knowledgeable. The wine was great!

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Jag S. Member Since 7/20/2016
Wine Tasting on 7/23/16 11:30 AM

My friends and I had a wonderful time at this facility. Would recommend it to anyone and looking forward to visiting it again.

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Renita G. Member Since 7/22/2016
Wine Tasting on 7/23/16 11:00 AM

Beautiful art gallery and winery we enjoyed every minute

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Kelly S. Member Since 7/19/2016
Wine Tasting on 7/20/16 11:00 AM

Great wine, location, arts, helpful, and very knowledgable about wine.

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Cynthia D. Member Since 6/30/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 7/16/16 2:00 PM

Everything was outstanding! From the tour of the very impressive art collection, to the food and wine pairings and the knowledge and friendliness of your staff...excellent! We felt so pampered and spoiled by the attention. Loved it!

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wallace a. Member Since 1/18/2012
Wine Tasting on 7/15/16 12:00 PM

TASTING ROOM HAS THE FEEL OF AN ARMORY FROM A EUROPEAN CASTLE. TASTING ROOM STAFF WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND OFFERED UP OTHER RTASTING AND DINING SUGGESTIONS. WINE WAS SLIGHTLY BETTER THAN EXPECTED.

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Brittany K. Member Since 7/15/2016
Wine Tasting on 7/15/16 4:00 PM

Workers were a little stuffy at first and a bit stale. We switched our wine server halfway through and that made a big improvement.

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Marci K. Member Since 6/17/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 7/11/16 2:00 PM

Had a delightful time in the tasting room with the guy (forget his name from so. Africa. Then we did the food and wine experience. It was ok, not great. I wouldn't do it again. I was expecting more food for $65. it was odd that the the rep from Hess sat with us. If it was a chef or sommelier, then I would understand. awkward. Loved the complex, the grounds and the art. Enjoyed the wines too.

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Suzie C. Member Since 6/4/2016
Garden Service on 7/02/16 12:30 PM

We were disappointed with our visit. We made reservations for a tasting in the garden. This winery is out of the way. Once we arrived we were sent to the garden and told to we could order a glass off the menu.

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Jim H. Member Since 7/3/2016
Wine Tasting on 7/08/16 11:30 AM

We chose to visit The Hess Collection Winery because of the reviews in the NY Times and to see the art collection. The tasting was very nice and the employees very knowledgeable about the wines and winery history.

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Kelly S. Member Since 7/7/2016
Wine Tasting on 7/08/16 2:00 PM

Wine was fine. Service not very good. Seemed to be more interested in pouring wine to the older group of individuals next to us than to bother with any sort of conversation or description of the wine on our side.

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Kevin B. Member Since 5/19/2016
Wine Tasting on 7/07/16 12:30 PM

Unable to score on the stars above, but wanted to give 5 stars to reach question. Hess is always the first stop when we take visitors wine tasting in Napa Valley. Nice to be greeted and oriented. The new video is great and, of course the wine and art are superb!

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Lama M. Member Since 6/28/2016
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 7/07/16 11:30 AM

it was a great tour, the history of the place is amazing, the wines were great, our tour guide was Sam and he did a terrific job

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Todd S. Member Since 5/22/2016
Vineyard Tour on 7/05/16 10:30 AM

Beautiful setting, intriguing artwork, interesting tour of grounds, amicable guide through all.

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Denise C. Member Since 6/6/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 7/05/16 2:00 PM

Amazing ,informative and delicious tour.Highly recommend to art lovers and food lovers alike!

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