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The Hess Collection

The Hess Collection was founded by Swiss entrepreneur Donald Hess, who first purchased vineyards on Mount Veeder in 1978. The winery is best known for its flagship Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, and single vineyard designates from our estate vineyards in Napa Valley. A leader in sustainable and organic practices, The Hess Collection adheres to founder Donald Hess’ philosophy: “Nurture the land; return what you take.”

Located in the historic stone winery originally constructed in 1903 by Colonel Theodore Gier, the winery first opened to the public in 1989. It since has earned international recognition for its wine, culinary and visitor programs, and provides free public access to Donald Hess’ extensive private contemporary Art Museum.

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Hours of Operation
Hours of Operation
  • Hours of Operation 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tours & Tastings
  • Food & Wine Pairing Call for details and reservations
  • Other Tasting Options
  • Tastings - Open Regular Hours
  • Tours - By Appointment
  • Wine Blending
Winery Amenities
  • Art Displayed
  • Family-Run
  • Gardens
  • Historic Buildings
  • Off the Beaten Path
  • Romantic
  • Scenic Views
  • Sustainably Farmed
  • Tasting Room Size Small
  • Unique Architecture
Wine List
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Late Harvest
  • Malbec
  • Petite Sirah
  • Pinot Grigio/Gris
  • Pinot Noir
  • Rhone Varietals
  • Rosé
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel

Taming the Lion, Wine Blending Experience

Valid:  December 13, 2018 - January 31, 2020

The Hess Experience Tour & Lunch

Valid:  February 23, 2017 - October 31, 2019

Facility Info

Daily at 2:00pm, $85 per person.
Advanced reservations required.

A guided tour of The Hess Collection Art Museum, featuring works from Donald Hess’ private collection, and pairing of three current release wines expertly matched with three exquisite creations from The Hess Collection’s Executive Chef, Chad Hendrickson.


Daily at 11:30am and 3:00pm, $65 per person
Advanced reservations required.

Begin with a guided tour of The Hess Collection, followed by a current release wine presentation paired with Artisan cheeses served with seasonal fruits and nuts selected by Hess Executive Chef Chad Hendrickson. Please allow 90 minutes for this tour and tasting experience.


Daily at 3:30pm, $65 per person.
Advanced reservations required.

Following a guided tour of the Hess Collection, indulge in a current release wine tasting of four wines paired with artisan truffles developed and handcrafted by Kollar Chocolate. This is a unique, educational experience. Please allow 90 minutes for this tour and tasting experience.


Daily at 10:15 am, $30 per person.
Advanced reservations required.

A guided 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 11:30am and 2:30pm, $40 per person.
Advanced reservations required.

Following a brief tour with your dedicated host, delight in a guided tasting of special wines not found on our public tasting menu.


Our Current Release Tastings are offered on a walk-in basis, which is subject to availability, or you are welcome to reserve a spot at our standing tasting bar, daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm, $20 per person. Choose four wines to enjoy from our wine tasting menu, many of which are winery exclusive.


Daily from 11:00am to 3:30pm, $27+ per person.
Offered Seasonally (Currently Closed for re-planting)

Underneath vines of wisteria, surrounded by contemporary sculptures and beautifully landscaped gardens, experience a glass of a specially selected current release wine with our Provisions Plate of specialty nuts, fruit, and noshes. Executive Chef Chad Hendrickson individually pairs the unique flavors and textures in our wines with complementary flavor combinations in these offerings.


Tuesday – Thursday at 10:30am, $50 per person.
Offered Seasonally Currently Closed

Begin your experience with a guided 90-minute vineyard walk through the historic Mont La Salle vineyard, exploring a range of Napa Green sustainable practices. Starting with the organically farmed Brother Timothy old vine cabernet block planted in 1936 through more recent blocks. Explore different trellising practices, spacing and viticulture approaches to mountain farming before returning to the winery to enjoy a tasting of current releases. This is a moderate hike; good hiking boots or appropriate footwear is strongly recommended, as is sun protection.


Four Annual Shipments of Three Red Wines

Receive Three, Six or Twelve bottles of carefully selected Red Wines offered at 20% off the retail price four times a year, in Feb, May, Sept. and Nov.



Four Annual Shipments of Two Red and One White Wine

Receive Three, Six, or Twelve bottles of carefully selected wines, offered at 20% off the retail price four times a year, in Feb, May, Sept. and Nov.



Request a Yearly Spring White Allocation

Take your membership to the next level and experience these rare white wines not sent out in the regular wine club, or available in the direct market.

Enjoy added benefits to your already existing club membership.

Review this year’s Top Collector selection and request your allocation today!



Request a yearly shipment of the very finest wines that the Hess Collection and Mount Veeder have to offer

Once a year in March, receive 2, 4, 6, or 12 bottles of a single varietal selected from our finest red wines, including our Reserve Red Wines and our Icon Lion.

Enjoy enhanced membership benefits beyond your already existing club membership, including an extra 5% off retail prices, access to library wines and large formats, and more.