The Hess Collection on Mount Veeder in Napa offers daily tasting, tours and free admission to the Hess Art Collection, a world-class contemporary art museum. Tasting room & art museum open daily 10am-530pm, winery and vineyard tours 1030am-330pm. Unique food & wine pairing experiences, reserve online at www.hesscollection.com 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. A deep, rocky mix of ancient seabed and volcanic soils provides 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 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 that captures "two passions under one roof." The first Hess Collection vintage was 1983. 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.
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