As the first of the Hess Family Estates wineries, The Hess Collection Winery was founded by Donald Hess over a quarter century ago. True to his vision of what a New World wine should be, Mr. Hess established his winery on the volcanic slopes of Mount Veeder in the Napa Valley and defined a whole new approach to winemaking. Along with its mountain vineyards, the winery has won acclaim for its other estate vineyards in the northeast and southern ends of the Napa Valley and has been recognized for its successful relationships with family-owned growers who represent some of the finest appellations in California.
Wine, art and vineyards create a singular identity for The Hess Collection Winery; the synthesis of these elements show founder Donald Hess' dedication to producing those things that enrich life. Hess established his first Mount Veeder vineyard in 1978, the beginning of The Hess Collection Winery in the Napa Valley. He founded the winery with the steadfast belief that quality and goodness are the best business practices. The Hess Collection now owns more than 1,034 acres of prime California vineyards, including 704 acres in the Napa Valley.
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. The Hess Collection Winery was among the first wineries to receive certification from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA).
The Hess Collection Winery produces three tiers of wines and has distinguished itself as a premium producer of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.