The Hess Collection

The Hess Collection
4411 Redwood Rd.
Napa, CA  94558

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Open daily at 10 a.m.; Check website for seasonal hours

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What to Buy

’17 The Lioness
Crème brûlée, tropical notes, toasty oak, vanilla $65

’16 Small Block Malbec
Blackberries, dark fruit, touch of jam, peppery spice $60

’14 The Lion
Rich, ripe dark fruits, barrel spice $185

Special Notes

Culinary experiences, world-renowned art collection, private tours by appt., scenic views, sustainable farming practices


A treasure for lovers of wine and art alike, The Hess Collection provides a world of exploration with an excellent portfolio of wines, an exquisite contemporary art museum and a variety of unique guest experiences. Donald Hess first came to the Napa Valley in the early 1970s. Drawn to Mount Veeder’s high elevation, here he discovered vineyards with an ideal combination of soils and microclimates for yielding wine grapes of distinct character. Hess acquired his first land in 1978, and began making handcrafted, small-lot wines, marking the beginning of The Hess Collection. 

Today, The Hess Collection remains a family-owned winery led by the next  generation of the Hess Family — Tim and Sabrina Persson. The Hess Collection Visitor Center tops most Napa Valley must-visit lists for good reason. Housed in a stone building originally constructed in 1903, within the winery’s walls one discovers what is perhaps one of the most impressive private contemporary art collections in the world. 

For more than 40 years, Donald Hess has acquired paintings and sculptures that moved and inspired him, and these works are on display in a stunning two-story gallery. Admission is free, and guests can take an impromptu self-guided tour and see the art of renowned artists, including Frank Stella, Franz Gertsch and Francis Bacon. 


ATV Tour 

One of the most memorable experiences you will find in the Napa Valley, this tour is for those looking to step outside the tasting room. Adventure on a luxury ATV through the historic Mont LaSalle vineyard, take in the picturesque panoramic views and learn what makes farming on Mount Veeder unique. The tour concludes with an epicurean experience crafted by The Hess Collection executive chef Chad Hendrickson. Enjoy a farm-to-table luncheon featuring items from the estate culinary gardens, paired with wines from estate vineyards on Mount Veeder. 

Lions Head Blending Experience 

Play winemaker for a day and take home your own custom blend. Wake your senses and experiment with blending three varietals, then compare your blend with the signature Lion Tamer Red Blend. 

Tour of the Palate 

Revel in the thought-provoking and inspiring collection that is the Hess Contemporary Art Museum. Your guide will walk you through the galleries, which feature works from Donald Hess’ private collection. Immediately following, enjoy three current release wines expertly paired with three exquisite culinary creations from executive chef Chad Hendrickson. 

To Book These Experiences: 

Visit or call 707-320-2302. 


Tasting Room: Yes

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: Yes

Tours: Yes

Tours — By Appointment Only: Yes

Private Tours: Yes

VIP & Educational Experiences: Yes

Exceptional Views: Yes

Club Member Lounge: Yes

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: Yes

Gift Shop: Yes

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: Yes

Corp. Meetings: Yes

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: Yes

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: Yes

Sustainable Practices: Yes



Wine, Elevated - The Hess Collection Winery on Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

A beautiful short video explaining Donald Hess' 30 year vision of planting atop Mount Veeder at high elevation.

The Hess Collection Winery's Asian Pear with Skyhill Goat Cheese and Toasted Macadamia Nuts

An easy and delicious sweet snack that calls for a homemade goat cheese and honey mix, Asian pears, macadamia nuts, and The Hess Collection Mt. Veeder Chardonnay to polish it off.