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A Lifelong Passion for Art & Wine
Minutes from the restaurants and boutiques of downtown Napa, a winding, wooded country road leads to this iconic winery, where you'll find fine vintages to taste, gardens to stroll, and something utterly unexpected: an art collection 50 years in the making, including works by Robert Rauschenberg, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Motherwell, Andy Goldsworthy, Frank Stella and other titans of modern and contemporary art.
Housed in a century-old stone building, three floors of airy, light-filled galleries hold more than 100 works—paintings, photographs, drawings, prints, sculptures and even video installations—representing roughly a quarter of the collection assembled by Swiss-born vintner Donald Hess since 1966. The rest are on display in museums around the world.
Unlike conventional museum holdings, this private collection reflects a singular vision and personal passion; Hess only acquires works that move him deeply, from artists with whom he has forged a relationship. He focuses on no more than 20 artists at a time, collecting works from each over the span of several years – creating, in a sense, a mini retrospective of each artist.
Even the surrounding garden, created by renowned landscape architect Peter Walker and planted by ornamental grass and planted meadow guru John Greenlee, is a work of art.
Enjoy the art at your own pace, guided by audio tours you can listen to online or download from iTunes (search: The Hess Collection). Unique food &wine pairings, called Tour of the Palate, are available, as well as wine and chocolate experiences and artisan cheese tastings paired with special Small Block Series Wines. Reserve online or by calling (707) 255-1144.
GALLERY HOURS: Daily, 10:00A - 5:30P
ENTRY FEE: FREE