With some of the best and most expressive land, Hess Collection stands on the top of Mount Veeder. You enter the property alongside a fishpond that is surrounded by their garden space. The tasting room is in the original distillery, and you are surrounded by the same limestone that the mountain is made from. You taste through your choice of wine flight that represents the diversity and uniqueness of the Hess Collection. You can take a tour of the art collection curated by Donald Hess. The art that Mr. Hess chooses to represent produces a range of emotion in its viewers. You cannot simply stroll through the gallery without something catching your eye and causing you to think of the origin of the piece. The art is all very modern, and it all conveys the elegance and thought-provoking intention of Donald himself. Just like the wine that Hess produces, the art is complex, modern, invigorating, and elevated.
In 1986, Donald Hess approached the Christian Brothers and established a long-term lease to occupy and operate the property and its facility. He renovated the original building that was built by Theodore Geir, which now houses the barrel chai and the personal art gallery of Donald Hess.
in 1993, Mount Veeder was established as an official AVA in the Napa Valley. It is the only hillside AVA that adjoins the Carneros Region, which promotes the cooling influence from the San Pablo Bay. Mount Veeder is known for their long growing season and their rugged mountainous terrain. It is safe to say that this might be the hardest, and yet most beneficial place to grow grapes in the Napa Valley. The fruit takes on the most beautiful aromatics that include blackberry, herbal, floral, and brambley characteristics, with a moderate to bold tannin structure that can age well. The white wines tend to be minerally and luscious with citrus, stone fruit, and herbal aromas. There is an excellent texture to the white wines coming off of Mount Veeder.
There is no better example of the greatness of Mount Veeder wines than the wines at the Hess Collection. Between the history, the land, and the unique characteristics that are represented in a single glass, Hess Collection really does elevate the experience of tasting a Napa Valley wine.