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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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Hospitality 5 Star Hospitality Rating 5/5
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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.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
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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!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
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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.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 4 Star Rating 4/5
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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.

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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.

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
First Impression 4 Star Rating 4/5
Hospitality 2 Star Rating 2/5
Ambiance 4 Star Rating 4/5
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!

Overall Score 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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.

Overall Score 4 Star Rating 4/5
First Impression 5 Star Rating 5/5
Hospitality 5 Star Rating 5/5
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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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William L. Member Since 12/29/2014
Wine Tasting on 7/04/16 2:30 PM

Great experience, as usual.

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Chaz C. Member Since 6/28/2016
Wine Tasting on 7/02/16 11:00 AM

Brought our group of ten to taste and view the collection. Had a wonderful time.

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Caroline T. Member Since 6/22/2016
Wine Tasting on 6/29/16 11:00 AM

Loved the wine and the art collection!

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Daniel S. Member Since 1/7/2014
Wine Tasting on 7/01/16 3:00 PM

The total experience was absolutely horrible!!!

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Brenda A. Member Since 6/26/2016
Elevated Tasting on 6/27/16 11:30 AM

Elevated tour was very nice. Relaxed.

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Jay M. Member Since 6/23/2016
Wine Tasting on 6/24/16 3:00 PM

Our Wine tender was barely hospitable. 3pm and wanted to be somewhere els3

Overall Score 3 Star Rating 3/5
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rahime h. Member Since 6/23/2016
Wine Tasting on 6/24/16 4:00 PM

We drove from SF, it was a pleasantly hot day in comparison to SF. We were greeted instantly and we're able to move to an earlier reserved tome, however, we opted for the self guided art gallery tour. We had the chance of sampling 4 wines, I tried the Rose, pinot noir, a petite sirah, and finished with cabernet. I actually bought the muscat. The experience was well worth the cost $20.

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Joan J. Member Since 6/7/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 6/22/16 2:00 PM

Food and pairing were outstanding. Museum is fabulous

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