Hess Family Wine Estates

Our Founders

A common theme runs through the uncommon wineries
in the portfolio of Hess Family Wine Estates.

An unparalleled passion and curiosity combines with a pioneering spirit that stretches over five generations of the Hess family since 1844, and on into the next generation of family leadership appointed by Founder Donald Hess.

Each of the family’s wineries – in California, Argentina, and South Africa – produce outstanding, highly acclaimed wines that stand alongside the very best. Quiet leadership in sustainable practices dates back more than 30 years when Donald Hess first came to the rugged hillsides of Mount Veeder in Napa Valley, and directed that Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards be crafted while winegrowers respect and nurture the land by “returning what we take.”

Today, Hess Family Wine Estates is recognized as one of the premier family-owned and family-led companies in the world of wine.

Hess Wines

MOUNT VEEDER — NAPA VALLEY — CALIFORNIA

As the first of the Hess Family Wine Estates wineries, Hess Wines is now releasing its 30th Mount Veeder vintage from vineyards first planted in 1978. True to his vision of what a New World wine should be, Donald 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, Hess Wines has won acclaim for its other estate vineyards in Pope Valley and near the Carneros growing region of the Napa Valley and has long-standing partnerships on the North Coast with family-focused growers who share Donald Hess’s vision of sustainability and quality.

Hess Wines offers three distinct tiers of wines from Mount Veeder, from Napa Valley, and Hess Select, which sources fruit from the North and Central Coasts of California. Hess Wines has distinguished itself as a premium producer of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Colomé

CALCHAQUI VALLEY — ARGENTINA

Remote, rugged, with vineyards reaching up to 10,206 feet, Colomé boasts some of the highest vineyards in the world. Founded in 1831in the northern province of Salta, it is the oldest continually producing winery in Argentina. The region’s signature grape varieties, Malbec and Torrontés, flourish here in their sustainably farmed vineyards. Along with award-winning wines, Colomé’s boutique hotel and renowned cuisine offers the utmost in excellence. It also features the world’s only museum solely dedicated to James Turrell, the renowned light and space artist – a natural fit for the landscape.

Amalaya

NORTHERN CALCHAQUI VALLEY — ARGENTINA

Amalaya means “hope for a miracle” in Argentina’s indigenous dialect, reflective of the difficult nature of the land on which the Amalaya winery was founded. The wines are an exquisite representation of the unique weather and desert conditions in northwest Argentina’s Cafayate Valley located about 200 miles from the border of Bolivia. High elevation grape-growing allows for ripe, concentrated fruit expression with brighter acidity and extraordinary balance. Each expression from Amalaya is a cuvée – an assemblage of Argentina’s signature varietals with a core of Malbec for our red wines and Torrontés for our whites.

Artezin

CALIFORNIA NORTH COAST

Artezin’s family-owned and sustainably farmed vineyards focus on California’s original heirloom varietals, including signature wines from Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. For more than a decade, winemaker Randle Johnson has handcrafted these wines to emphasize pure varietal character. Every bottle highlights the inherent uniqueness of the wine’s terroir in the rugged North Coast, with a focus on Mendocino.  Randle pursues the true “zinny zin” character lost in many of the high alcohol, overripe expressions on today’s market.

MacPhail Family Wines

CALIFORNIA, SONOMA COAST, AND MENDOCINO’S ANDERSON VALLEY

Although MacPhail Family Wines launched in 2002, James MacPhail’s family roots trace back to the 1880s in Marin and Sonoma County. MacPhail’s winemaking begins with deep respect for the land and a curiosity for cool climate appellations. True to form, MacPhail Family Wines put heart and soul into every bottle sourced from the Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley. Committed to small lots, traditional techniques and minimal intervention, MacPhail allows California’s terroir to shine through. With long-term grower relationships and access to rare and sought after parcels, MacPhail Family Wine’s offerings present stunning wines.

Glen Carlou

PAARL VALLEY — SOUTH AFRICA

Glen Carlou is a cherished champion of South Africa’s wine quality. The winery’s pioneering spirit resonated with Donald Hess, who shares the same energetic outlook on life. Made from some of South Africa’s oldest Chardonnay vines, Glen Carlou Chardonnay is the #1 premium South African Chardonnay in the U.S. Underscoring their commitment to stewardship, the winery earned sustainability certifications for their vineyards and winery. Just as the acclaimed wines reflect the distinctive terroir of the region, so the winery’s contemporary art museum includes a special focus on South African and African art.