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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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Terri S. Member Since 2/12/2017
Small Bites Pairing on 2/19/17 1:30 PM

Had a great thanks one. The art gallery is fantastic

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Abby C. Member Since 2/15/2017
Wine Tasting on 2/15/17 10:30 AM

Exceptional service, gorgeous grounds, great wine & art combo make for an experience to live over again!

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Christopher F. Member Since 10/19/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 2/04/17 2:00 PM

My group did the tour of the palate and had an amazing experience. Our guide was Sue and she was a gem. Your team did a great job of accommodating our group.

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Mike S. Member Since 10/23/2013
Wine Tasting on 2/03/17 3:00 PM

Wonderful hospitality and art display.

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Brooke F. Member Since 12/5/2016
Museum Walk on 1/30/17 10:15 AM

The museum was lovely but wish we could have had wine during the tour

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dietlind l. Member Since 1/22/2017
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 1/29/17 11:30 AM

Our guide was great - very knowledgable, funny and interesting. We viewed the landscape and got a brief history of the vineyard before tasting cheese and wines together. Very fun.

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Helen B. Member Since 1/27/2017
Wine Tasting on 1/28/17 12:30 PM

My friend and I did a wine tasting, then wandered around the small but cool art gallery and the garden. There's a nice little man-made pond (though this doesn't seem like an accurate description), and a few tables outside. It was nice; good wines, and nice wine descriptions from those who poured for us. All the workers were friendly.

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Jan A. Member Since 1/4/2017
Tour Of The Palate on 1/28/17 2:00 PM

The art collection is stellar and the Tour of the Palate was well thought out and beautifully executed. Everyone on the staff at Hess was friendly, helpful and quite knowledgeable.

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Mark S. Member Since 1/21/2017
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 1/29/17 11:30 AM

Went for a wine/cheese tasting. Tour with Sommelier was excellent. I wasn't looking forward to a "wine tour" (been on plenty of those and I know how wine is made!), but the knowledge imparted about the vines and soil was totally new and very interesting. Kenzie was an awesome guide.

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David S. Member Since 10/21/2012
Wine Tasting on 1/23/17 1:00 PM

The Hess Collection focuses on Mt. Veeder varietals and uses a lot of malbec, which I don't care for.

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Wulf L. Member Since 12/28/2016
Wine Tasting on 12/29/16 1:30 PM

Very impressed by the art collection. The tasting room staff were very helpful and courteous.

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Tracy R. Member Since 12/7/2016
Wine Tasting on 12/28/16 1:00 PM

We reserved a tasting - arrive around 10 minutes late and told that we would need to wait. This was fine - we went upstairs to view the art while waiting. Modern art. Not fans. I didn't realize it was all modern art - my bad. Once called, tasting was ok. Expensive wines - they were good, but nothing to make it stand out. Overall, it was ok experience, but wouldn't recommend.

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Perry & Lisa K. Member Since 12/29/2016
Wine Tasting on 12/30/16 1:00 PM

excellent experience, had guests in town they loved it

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Fumi D. Member Since 12/30/2016
Museum Walk on 12/30/16 10:15 AM

Nice art collection and delicious wine, tour was great.

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Frida R. Member Since 12/19/2016
Elevated Tasting on 12/26/16 2:30 PM

Great visit of the vineyard and insights about the history of the winery. Very interactive tasting with Reed in the barrel room! We ended with a tour of the art collection which was fabulous!

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Dana S. Member Since 11/27/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 12/27/16 2:00 PM

This was a perfect three generation event! Both parents and twenty-something children loved the art, the fabulous food and the wine. A great experience from the moment we entered the garden to the very last moment.

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Meghana G. Member Since 12/26/2016
Wine Tasting on 12/26/16 2:30 PM

When we arrived, we were greeted promptly and escorted to the tasting room. Our server was awesome. He chatted with us quite a bit and told us a lot about the wines we were tasting and just overall about wine. He knew his stuff. There was a small table in the tasting room where our kids could hang out. Overall a very good experience! Will visit again.

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Yanelis T. Member Since 12/26/2016
Museum Walk on 12/26/16 10:15 AM

It was informative. The collection itself was not that impressive compared to a museum and it would have been nice to have more of an inside look or information about the winery itself. The guide was super friendly and engaging. We love him.

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Erin C. Member Since 12/19/2016
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 12/22/16 3:00 PM

We really enjoyed our visit here for the tour + wine and cheese tasting. Our guide was knowledgeable and interesting, and we found the food pairing delicious and the sit-down tasting room delightful. We'd never been up in the mountains here before, so it was also a treat to enjoy the secluded winery grounds and learn about the special growing techniques and conditions.

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anuja s. Member Since 11/30/2016
Tour Of The Palate on 12/17/16 2:00 PM

The experience was great including the food and wine pairing. The trip was for my dad's 70th birthday and we loved that the chef came out to serve us and answer our questions about food preparation. And most importantly, for making us delicious cookies to celebrate his birthday. Lastly, our guide Ceaser was very hospitable and engaging.

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Klaus G. Member Since 12/16/2016
Wine Tasting on 12/18/16 2:00 PM

All in all we had are very good experience at your winery. The wine tasting was outstanding and provided by a person, I believe her name was Jan, with good knowledge. She was friendly and outgoing. We always like to see the art collection when we are there with a nice combination of new and old pieces.

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Eric P. Member Since 10/22/2012
Museum Walk on 12/05/16 10:15 AM

Really enjoyed the collection and the history behind both the winery and the art. Having the guided tour was terrific. Wine tasting was of course also a great end to the tour.

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Megan S. Member Since 11/23/2016
Museum Walk on 12/10/16 10:15 AM

Loved the gallery and learning the history of different items.

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Ashley C. Member Since 12/11/2015
Elevated Tasting on 12/10/16 11:30 AM

very nice. was raining - so it wasn't their typical tour. cellar was cold.

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Jeannie C. Member Since 11/26/2016
Wine Tasting on 12/03/16 4:00 PM

It was worth the drive up the hilly road! Buildings and gardens are a beautiful welcome. We were there in late autumn so the surrounding trees were in full autumn colors. The reception desk was very helpful. I choose this winery for the art gallery and was not disappointed, not all the art was my taste but enjoyed it anyways. The tasting was great, enjoyed the wine took 4 bottles home with us.

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Tugrul U. Member Since 12/2/2016
Wine Tasting on 12/04/16 1:30 PM

This was our first experience in Napa valley, Hess was recommended to us by a friend and we just loved it. We bought 3 bottle of wines and brought back home.

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Melissa M. Member Since 10/31/2015
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 12/05/16 3:00 PM

The building and the museum are beautiful, the wines were great, and the staff was so hospitable, especially considering I was there on my own. I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

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Anita T. Member Since 11/29/2016
Elevated Tasting on 12/05/16 2:30 PM

Our host was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and clearly very passionate about the winery, the history and the wine. Would definitely come back when in the area!

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patrick H. Member Since 12/4/2016
Tour, Wine & Chocolate Indulgence on 12/04/16 3:30 PM

The chocolate/wine tasting tour was nice except for two things. 1) They kinda make you tip the staff. You pay after the tour and they make you pick a tip amount while the staff is watching. 2) The "MV Cabernet Sauvignon 2012" was listed $65 in the menu, but in our receipt it was silently bumped up to $70. What's worse, the same wine is only $55 at wine.com. Takeaway: only fools buy at a winery.

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Lindsay W. Member Since 11/15/2016
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 12/04/16 3:00 PM

Private tasting with cheese pairing was an unforgettable experience.

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Pierre C. Member Since 4/27/2016
Wine Tasting on 12/04/16 10:00 AM

It was wonderful. The property is very refined and the staff is extremely professional and knowledgeable about wine. The art exhibition is a must and shows that they have good taste.

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John R. Member Since 10/12/2016
Wine Tasting on 10/12/16 11:30 AM

very pleasant tasting and gift shop experience, also enjoyed the grounds and the art center

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Kerry R. Member Since 9/29/2016
Wine Tasting on 9/29/16 3:00 PM

We are big abstract art fans so the art collection was amazing. Wines were good but not great.

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Joseph K. Member Since 11/24/2016
Wine Tasting on 11/26/16 10:30 AM

From the beautiful walk into the building, to the warm welcome of the reception desk staff, to the lovely tasting experience provided by Jan, The Hess Collection Winery was definitely more than I bargained for. Had a wonderful experience with my significant other! Definitely would visit next time I come to Napa.

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GARY O. Member Since 4/10/2013
Tour Of The Palate on 11/25/16 2:00 PM

Truly a wonderful experience. Host guided tour of amazing museum, followed by a delicious tasting of Hess wines and chef prepared small bites (3 selections). You're seated in a great private room to enjoy sips and bites. Wines paired with beautifully prepared and delicious foods, each described by the chef. A very unique and special experience!!!

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malinda m. Member Since 11/24/2016
Wine Tasting on 11/25/16 12:30 PM

A nice drive getting there-very welcoming

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Felecia M. Member Since 10/6/2016
Museum Walk on 11/19/16 10:15 AM

Each time I have visited The Hess Collection Winery, I have enjoyed my time there. The staff has always been very pleasant and knowledgeable. The wine is delicious and the museum is a interesting added benefit of the visit.

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Johanna B. Member Since 6/14/2015
Wine Tasting on 11/20/16 2:30 PM

love the entire atmosphere like the quite and peaceful setting in the mountains and away from the tourist traffic. The art collection alone is worthwhile the visit, just amazing! My sister visiting from Germany was very impressed too. Not to diminish the wine, to me the wine feels almost just like a bonus/ icing on the cake.

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Dick A. Member Since 10/21/2016
Tour, Wine & Cheese Pairing on 11/17/16 11:30 AM

We had the wine and cheese pairing and it was fantastic. We learned about wine and the pairings were first rate

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Jennifer O. Member Since 11/17/2014
Wine Tasting on 11/13/16 4:00 PM

Very generous, knowledgeable wine expert worked with us and provided us with more than just the designated four pours, allowing us to taste more of the wines we were interested in! She also waived one of our tasting fees and showed us some other recommended wineries to visit. Gallery was a really unique twist on the tasting experience!

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