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The Hess Art Collection

Founder Donald Hess’s art collection began when he purchased a painting as décor for his new home. Years later, a friend studied the painting and informed him that he owned a Picasso. This twist of fate gave Donald his first indication that he might have an eye for art curation. Donald Hess formally began collecting art in 1966, and for him, collecting art was a personal endeavor. He was driven by a passion for connecting with living artists and developing a close dialogue with each artist to better understand what drives them to create.

As is evident by the caliber of the art gallery, the Hess-Persson family collects art with an uncanny ability to identify lesser known artists who often go on to become well-known and highly-respected in their disciplines. Once he connected with an artist, Donald was committed to each artist throughout their career.

When you visit the winery on Mount Veeder, you have the opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the impressive Hess Art Collection, followed by a tasting of our equally impressive estate-exclusive wines.

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Walk the Collection with our Director of Art

Want to see the Hess art collection in person? Enjoy an opportunity to tour The Hess Collection Contemporary Art Museum with our Director of Art, Robert Ceballos, while he shares stories of the art, artist, and Donald Hess’ relationship with the artist.

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Artist Spotlight

The work of Andy Goldsworthy is featured prominently in the art collection at Hess Persson Estates. Learn more about Goldsworthy’s work featured in our museum gallery.

New Addition

Super Wall Flower by the late Alan Rath, a new addition our Museum which, as with much of Rath’s work, addresses the intersection of the natural and technological worlds.

Tour Of The Palate

Our Tour of the Palate includes a personal guided tour of the museum, followed by a tasting of limited-production, estate wines expertly paired with an exquisite three-course tasting menu from our Executive Chef, Chad Hendrickson.


We encourage responsible enjoyment of our wines. You must be 21 or older to visit this website. For wine purchases, your age will also be verified at checkout. Please drink responsibly.