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“Very pretty setting but a bit touristy” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum

The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum
4411 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA
707 255 1144
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Napa
Type: Art Museums, Wineries, Museums
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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.
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“Very pretty setting but a bit touristy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is one of the bigger, splashier wineries in the Napa region, but it's worth a visit just because of the unique setting high up in the mountains west of the valley. We did a tour and got to do our tasting in the barrel room, which was very cool, but I was a little disappointed that they didn't pour more of their limited-release stuff...of the 5 wines we tasted, I believe all but one is widely available in supermarkets and major restaurant chains.

Visited March 2013
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“Art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

A fabulous collection, We were surprised at the extensive collection of modern art and really enjoyed the experience.

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“First stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Great introduction tour for our trip and was by luck we ran across it. Great tour guide and tour. Beautiful winery and nice art. Loved the history as well regarding the Christian Brothers.

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“Remarkable world-class museum of moderrn art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

I visited the wine tasting room and the art museum with an artist friend on Saturday 3/30. The buildings and grounds are dramatic and beautiful, raising expectations. Inside the Visitors Center is the tasting room, a lovely retail shop, and the museum. The tasting room is nicely done, but not exceptional. The museum, on the other hand, is remarkable.

On two floors you walk thru what appears to be a stunning, world-class museum with serious, high-priced modern art. The work is displayed as well as - or better - than you would find anywhere. Each piece has ample wall space or floor space for the sculpture. Interestingly, the museum has quite a few spaces with multiple pieces by the same artist. Clearly the collection represents the taste of a very serious patron of the arts.

Having said that, do not expect to see much art that you may find "approachable." The art is often jarring and challenges your interpretation. Whether you like the art or not, you won't be disappointed by the splendid presentation (enhanced by an audio tour).

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“Marvelous Art Gallery & Winery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

It a must see visit to anyone who loves exceptional wine and beyond exceptional art. Founder Donald Hess' collection is truly world class with works by Stella, Motherwell, Francis Bacon and many,many more beautifully layered out over the 3-story chai.
The wines are not to be missed with notable Cabernet-based offerings, Classic Chardonnays as well as a bevy of worldwide wines in the Hess domain- Colome, Lehmann, Glen Carlou, etc. The staff and wine personnel are well educated, helpful and add to the superior experience. I've visited at least six times over the years and will return again. Be sure to see the exceptional movie that they created; beautifully filmed and educational and join a docent=led tour if possible.

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