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The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum

4411 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA
707 255 1144
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Napa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Wineries
Owner description: Donald Hess established his first Mount Veeder vineyard in 1978, from the beginning recognizing that on these ridges and benchlands, the potential for... more » Owner description: Donald Hess established his first Mount Veeder vineyard in 1978, from the beginning recognizing that on these ridges and benchlands, 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. The Hess Collection winery is part of a historic site where wine was first produced in the 1860’s, in a native stone build 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. Wine tasting & tours daily. Culinary experiences include pairings with small plates, artisan cheese and chocolates. « less
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108 reviews 108 reviews
25 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We visited on a gloriously sunny day, and had a tour with another two people, so it felt like a private tour. There's a relatively interesting video, then a brief tour of some vines from different decades. The modern/abstract art collection is cool - quirky and interesting. The main building is magnificent, and the history of the place is fascinating.... More

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Very nice tasting. Outside under an arbor. We were shown the pink sand -- wine that spilled from the earthquake. Don't miss seeing the art displays. Especially the gas typewriter !!!

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Orange
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to Hess. The staff was very knowledgeable and willing to share their history of the winery and vineyards. The art museum is interesting, but a little on the dark side in my opinion. Wish I could find someone to pay me for three painted ladders or toast rocks in a kiln and call it art.... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Lovely wine tour and tasting! Got to try the different types of grapes and learned a bit about the process of making wine. Tried 5 wines at the tasting and ended up taking home a few bottles. Love the cuvee!

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Champaign, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Platypus Tours set up a great tour at this winery for our group. Mike Small contacted the winery and they provided a tour guide who discussed the history, showed the vineyard and provided a very nice tasting. The building is beautiful and the personnel very nice.

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Forget the wine, although I am partial to several Hess varieties. The free contemporary art gallery will blow your socks off unless you are both a curmudgeon and a Philistine! I don't know how Mr. Hess selects his art, but each piece in the three-story gallery is so imaginative that you will marvel at the creativity even if you don't... More

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Great tour and wine tasting. Even though there was damage to the grounds from the recent earthquake, you really couldn't tell. Excellent winery to visit.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We came here by accident as we were trying to go to another place. Hess winery has a section where there are a lot of art collections. The wine selection is also good. Staff were helpful and friendly.

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alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This was a beautiful stop!! We got to do our tastings in the garden and the view was almost breathtaking. They also offered a free tour and informational session in the afternoon which was invaluable. If you only stop at one vineyard in Napa make it Hess!

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Rhein
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

with one word...simply perfect...this is a must! love the museum, love the wine, love the tasting! although it seems to be off the normal wine main street, it is definitely worth the visit!

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