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 and Argentina – 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


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 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.



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 Wines


MacPhail’s winemaking begins with deep respect for the land and a curiosity for cool climate appellations. True to form, MacPhail 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 Wine’s offerings present stunning wines.

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