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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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DUE TO NAPA FIRES AND FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR GUESTS AND EMPLOYEES, THE HESS COLLECTION WINERY, TASTING ROOM AND MUSEUM CONTINUE TO BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.


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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Malita S. Member Since 11/16/2017
Elevated Tasting on 11/17/17 2:30 PM

My husband & I absolutely loved our Elevated Wine Tasting for our 20th Anniversary! The Tour, Wine, Art, Historic & beautiful Mountain location created a truly unparalleled experience! It was by far the best, most unique Winery tour & tasting we've ever had. The Elevated Wines & our Tour Guide, Kinsie, & all the staff were outstanding, so we joined the Wine Club & bought all the Wines we tasted!!!

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Kelly and Karen K. Member Since 1/26/2014
The Hess Experience, Tour and Luncheon on 11/13/17 11:00 AM

Words can't describe our visit with you, in short, nothing compares to the experience we had!!! It was absolutely the best ever!! By the way we are bringing in 3 more Hess wines to add to our great list, and that says it all!!!

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Judy S. Member Since 2/20/2017
Wine Tasting on 11/11/17 12:30 PM

Jan is always great!

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James A. Member Since 11/9/2017
Wine Tasting on 11/11/17 1:00 PM

We're members at Hess & invited 2 friends to the winery for a Saturday afternoon tasting. We love the modern art collection, but our guests not so much. They do love wine tho! Between the 4 of us, we leisurely sampled quite a few wines & settled on some favorites. Our pourer was very pleasant, but sort of kept her distance, which was fine in this case, since we had our own conversations going.

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Stephen B. Member Since 11/6/2017
Wine Tasting on 11/10/17 3:00 PM

Wonderful from start to finish. Knowledgeable staff, and outstanding wines. We very impressed with a few of the vintages. Really stood out in our trip.

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Kristen S. Member Since 11/6/2017
Wine Tasting on 11/07/17 3:00 PM

Staff was so incredibly accommodating and helpful. The tasting room and grounds were immaculate . Need more time to explore. Thanks!

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Tim K. Member Since 11/2/2017
Wine Tasting on 11/02/17 11:00 AM

very knowledgeable, went above and beyond. Offered 1 or 2 extra wines, and no pressure to join the wine club.

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Donna D. Member Since 4/18/2017
Museum Walk on 11/01/17 10:15 AM

Roderick was waiting for us @ the gate & gave a great, insightful tour of the gallery

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John B. Member Since 10/6/2017
Wine Tasting on 10/10/17 4:00 PM

We were there at the time of the NAPA fires and unfortunately the winery was closed. It would have been nice to have received a notice that the winery was unavailable.

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Katie N. Member Since 9/29/2017
Wine Tasting on 10/08/17 11:00 AM

A bit of an awkward start. It's not clear through which door you're supposed to enter, and we tried to enter the exit...and were promptly told the correct way to enter. It was a bit off-putting. Grounds are beautiful, and the art is very cool. Ladies working reception were cordial. We were a bit early, but they were able to accommodate us which we very much appreciated. Great wines!

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Gretchen B. Member Since 10/6/2017
Elevated Tasting on 10/06/17 2:30 PM

Cindy was amazing. She was friendly and welcoming and knowledgeable. 10/10 would come again!

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Sally M. Member Since 9/21/2016
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 10/06/17 3:00 PM

I loved everything about our tour and wine and cheese pairing tasting. I think my friends enjoyed it as much as I did. Austin did a great job with us.

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Leigh Y. Member Since 9/28/2017
Wine Tasting on 9/30/17 4:00 PM

I enjoyed seeing this winery because we really like Hess wines! We also really enjoyed going to a winery that was more 'off the beaten path'. The grounds are beautiful! The tasting offered several options to chose from which we liked! The gentleman helping was very busy working with others and didn't tell us much without us asking, but he was nice!

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Richard D. Member Since 9/28/2017
Museum Walk on 9/29/17 10:15 AM

The art collection tour guy was excellent. His love of modern art and ability to evite interest in the works and describe the wines made for a memorable experience.

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Jeanine T. Member Since 9/19/2017
Tour Of The Palate on 9/30/17 2:00 PM

Very informative. The food, wine and art were spectacular.

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Catherine B. Member Since 7/21/2017
Tour Of The Palate on 9/30/17 2:00 PM

We had a wonderful time. Our concierge, Sandy was fantastic as she guided us through the art exhibits and the food pairing. She was well informed and an excellent table companion. The food was fabulous and wine superb. We would definitely come back. Our group said it was the best experience they've had at a winery.

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Jim S. Member Since 9/23/2017
Wine Tasting on 9/30/17 10:00 AM

The grounds and winery were beautiful with wonderful ambiance. We chose the tasting at the wine bar and had a wonderful time. Our wine steward was very knowledgeable and personable which made the experience even that much better. The cabernets served were fantastic. Definitely a tasting not to be missed.

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Marguerite A. Member Since 7/27/2017
The Hess Experience, Tour and Luncheon on 9/26/17 11:00 AM

From the moment I walked into the courtyard, I was impressed with the maintenance of the grounds and the buildings. Impeccable. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the art gallery. Fascinating. The food, wines and service were excellent.

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Laura O. Member Since 9/25/2017
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 9/27/17 11:30 AM

Went to wine and cheese pairing at Hess. Great experience.

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Denise K. Member Since 9/16/2017
Wine Tasting on 9/25/17 2:00 PM

We were warmly greeted by the friendly staff upon arriving. Prior to our tasting, they were able to organize a delicious cheese board for us. The tasting was presented by a knowledgeable and charming woman. Following, we enjoyed the art collection. Couldn't have had a more pleasant experience!

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Lindsay G. Member Since 9/23/2017
Wine Tasting on 9/23/17 12:00 PM

Michael is the man! Very good host. Ask for him.

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Meg K. Member Since 9/21/2017
Wine Tasting on 9/22/17 4:00 PM

Was rushed through tasting. After being there for 10 min we were told we couldn't sit at the table because it would take us too long to do the tasting and there were other people waiting. The person guiding the tasting was in engaging and seemed disinterested. The person checking us out didn't bother to ask how things were. Wine was unimpressive.

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Janis K. Member Since 9/1/2017
Wine Tasting on 9/23/17 10:00 AM

The greeters at the front door was very friendly and helpful! The tasting room crew server was nice and friendly....and knowledgeable.

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Claudia W. Member Since 6/21/2017
Tour Of The Palate on 9/20/17 2:00 PM

Our hostess was excellent. Our tour through the gallery was thorough without dragging. The wines and the food pairing were incredible... I'd like that recipe for the duck! WOW! It was an elegant yet comfortable setting and event. Thank you for sharing your wines with us.

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Apryl H. Member Since 8/8/2015
Wine Tasting on 9/23/17 10:30 AM

We always have an excellent time at Hess. Gustavo has helped us two or three times and now we always ask for him when we visit. He is extremely knowledgeable on the wines and friendly.

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David W. Member Since 9/5/2017
Wine Tasting on 9/22/17 4:00 PM

Not happy with this experience. The wine tasting was so rushed, the server was too busy cleaning & stacking glasses to work with us. Only when I was leaving did the lady at the front desk tell me about the rich history of the building and site. I didn't care for Hess wines. The wines had little to no nose, extremely dry without any tastes of grapes. Pours were very small & overpriced. Very noisy.

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Maureen J. Member Since 8/27/2017
Wine Tasting on 9/12/17 10:30 AM

The grounds here are truly beautiful. Our tasting was part outside and part in the cave with the wine barrels.

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Melissa C. Member Since 9/17/2017
Wine Tasting on 9/18/17 3:30 PM

Woman who conducted the wine tasting was a bit condescending.

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Vicki N. Member Since 9/6/2017
Wine Tasting on 9/20/17 10:30 AM

Loved the mountain scenery, buildings, art, the short video. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The tasting room was excellent. Very happy with my choice.

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John H. Member Since 8/6/2017
Vine to Table Tour and Luncheon on 9/17/17 10:30 AM

Great atmosphere and very well informed guide. Love the vine to table experience

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Takashi N. Member Since 7/10/2016
Wine Tasting on 9/16/17 3:00 PM

We have a reservation but had to wait for half hours. We killed the time to walk around the museum, it was curious. Tasting was almost good, we could find our favorite.

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Patrick M. Member Since 7/12/2017
Tour Of The Palate on 9/16/17 2:00 PM

Sue, the host - could not have been more knowledgeable, personable, passionate and professional. She made the tour truly memorable. The facility, grounds and people are tremendous and I highly recommend a visit often to everyone I know. The food pairing with selected wines along with the amazing information provided by your chef was off the charts, fantastic. I hope to buy more wine & visit again

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Merrin T. Member Since 8/8/2017
Wine Tasting on 9/16/17 3:30 PM

Loved the service, wine, ambiance and garden!

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Tony P. Member Since 9/12/2017
Wine Tasting on 9/13/17 10:00 AM

Fantastic private tour by Jan. Beautiful grounds.

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Lesley W. Member Since 7/21/2017
Wine Tasting on 9/12/17 1:30 PM

It was cold and impersonal,although the grounds and gallery were beautiful and very much enjoyed. It was a quiet Tuesday, and the woman who was with us for our tasting seemed distracted, disinterested and not very forthcoming with info on wines etc. We visited many wineries on our trip. We're disappointed from our experience at Hess.

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Robert A. Member Since 7/30/2017
Vine to Table Tour and Luncheon on 9/12/17 10:30 AM

Exceptional visit. David did an amazing explaining the process of winemaking and was very congenial throughout our visit.

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Frank Y. Member Since 8/16/2017
Tour Of The Palate on 9/10/17 2:00 PM

Quality of food paired with wine was excellent

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Sheila H. Member Since 8/20/2017
Wine Tasting on 9/05/17 2:30 PM

We selected Hess based on our knowing the winemaker Randall as well as wanting to see the art collection. We also made an advanced reservation for the tasting, expecting something more personal than standing at the bar along with others being served by our pourer. This was not the case however. She tried to be more attentive but was required to handle several other groups. I did not expect this

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Linda M. Member Since 8/2/2017
Tour, Wine & Chocolate Indulgence on 9/03/17 3:30 PM

The art collection is wonderful. Pairing the wines with chocolate was inspired. The chocolate was as good or better than any I have tasted in Europe or South America.

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Paige D. Member Since 8/9/2017
Wine Tasting on 9/02/17 10:30 AM

Wonderful - great reception, great tasting experience, wish we'd skipped our next tasting and stayed longer!

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