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“Lovely setting, great collection”

The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum
Ranked #5 of 190 things to do in Napa
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Harrogate, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Lovely setting, great collection”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

We wanted to visit Hess because of its location, so different to many of the other wineries in Napa. The drive was lovely and the winery itself is attractive with beautiful, peaceful grounds. We found the tasting room staff helpful and there are well thought out exhibits about the different growing conditions, which I found useful. I have to say though that the highlight for me was the Hess Collection of Modern Art, the quality and quantity of which far exceeded my expectations. Even if you don't drink wine, the entrance fee is well worth it for this collection and this winery was one of the surprise standouts of our trip.

Visited March 2013
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Worth the drive out to the winery.”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Suggested by the front desk staff and our hotel. The drive to reach the winery is about 10 miles on twisty, windy roads.
Good selection of wines on offer. Reasonable tasting prices.
Art gallery is a bit too modern for my taste but the wife enjoyed it.

Visited February 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very pretty setting but a bit touristy”
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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Reviewed April 3, 2013

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

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“First stop”
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.

Visited March 2013
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