Visit Napa Valley
Visit Napa Valley

The Hess Collection

High atop Mount Veeder, we welcome you to Napa Valley. Whether you wish to enjoy beautifully crafted wine and food pairing from our culinary team, learn to blend wine , stroll through the Hess Family's awe-inspiring private art collection or take in the stunning panoramic mountain vineyard views aboard our high performance ATV- we have an experience tailored for you.

A pioneer by nature, our winery founder Donald Hess was determined to defy convention and pursue wine making at elevation. In 1978, he established The Hess Collection Winery in a historic 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. Considered by ARTnews Magazine to be one of the top 200 in the world.

Passion, dedication and perseverance have been the guiding principles that have made The Hess Collection a world class brand and destination. As fifth generation Hess family, we continue to define the spirit behind the wines. We proudly continue Donald's legacy on tradition and his commitment to craft-world renown wines.

Book any of our Elevated Experiences!

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 - Walk-in
  • 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 11:00 am, $165 per person (Plus Tax and 20% Service Fee)
Advanced reservations required.
Begin your experience with a guided tour through our historic Mount Veeder Visitor Center and Contemporary Art Museum. After which the Hess Collection Executive Chef Chad Hendrickson will present you with a farm-to-table three-course luncheon featuring menu items from the winery’s culinary gardens, paired with Hess Collection Napa Valley wines from estate vineyards on Mount Veeder. Lunch will be served in our private dining room with sweeping views of our Veeder Hills vineyards.

Daily at 6:00 pm, $215 per person (Plus Tax and 20% Service Fee)
10 person minimum.
Advanced reservations required.
Contact Events for more information.
Your dining experience begins with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by a docent led tour through our historic Mount Veeder Visitor Center and Contemporary Art Museum. Hess Collection Executive Chef, Chad Hendrickson, will present you with a three-course dinner featuring seasonal, locally sourced, and produce from our organic culinary gardens. Dinner is paired with Hess Collection Napa Valley and Icon wines from estate vineyards on Mount Veeder.

Daily at 2:00 pm, $95 per person (Plus Tax and 20% Service Fee)
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 11:30 am and 3:00 pm
$75 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 3:30 pm, $75 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 in-house by our Pastry Chef, Linda Rodriguez. This is a unique and educational experience. Please allow 90 minutes for this tour and tasting experience.

Daily at 10:30 am
$165 per person.
Advanced reservations required.
Wake up your senses and experiment with three varietals, learn their influence in winemaking and the art of blending . Then compare your blend with our signature Lion Tamer Red Blend. We welcome you to play winemaker for a day and take home your own custom blend.

Daily at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
$45 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.

The Hess Collection Collectors Club allows you to experience our winery on an elevated level.

Each year, our winemaking team hand picks an array of wines that showcase the diversity and exceptional quality The Hess Collection has to offer. These wines are the foundation for The Hess Collectors Club. Membership also includes hand-crafted recipes, and VIP access to our Visitors Center and The Hess Collection Art Museum.

Hess Winemaker Dave Guffy, believes great wine begins in the vineyard, working each vineyard block to absolutely maximize flavors. Learn more about The Hess Collection wines and winemaking from Dave’s winemaker notes, included in each club shipment.

Chad Hendrickson, executive chef, utilizes local organically and sustainably grown products to create fresh seasonal recipes to pair with The Hess Collection wines. He pairs unique flavors and textures in each wine with complementary flavor combinations in the dishes he creates. Expertly pair your wines with one of Chad’s original recipes, also included in each club shipment.

Donald Hess began collecting art in 1966. Today, The Hess Collection houses less than a quarter of a collection that is shown in museums worldwide. His collecting style is a personal endeavor driven by passion rather than monetary investment or current trends. He develops a close dialogue with an artist to better understand what drives him or her to create and he carefully limits his focus as a collector to 20 living artists whose work he faithfully supports long term. As is evident by the caliber of the collection, he collects with the uncanny ability to acquire works by lesser known artists who often go on to become well known and respected in their disciplines. His typical commitment to an artist spans decades and various stages of his career.