The Hess Collection

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.

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May 4, 2017 - August 31, 2017

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View the Art at your own pace or through our MUSEUM WALK, a docent led tour of The Hess Collection Art Museum, featuring works from Donald Hess’ private collection with an optional complimentary tasting of current release wines in the tasting room immediately following.

Daily at 10:15 am, $35 per person.
Advanced reservations required.

GALLERY HOURS: Daily, 10:00A - 5:30P