The Lion has been the emblem of the Hess Family in every generation. It has come to symbolize the bold and persevering nature of founder Donald Hess and our winery home on Mount Veeder. On Mount Veeder, our vineyards reflect our founder’s vision of winemaking and grape-growing working in harmony to reveal the best expressions of mountain fruit. Donald Hess recognized early on the unique attributes of rugged vineyards planted in sparse soils at high altitude, revealing Mount Veeder’s distinctive personality. The Lion Tamer White Blend highlights the unique white varieties we grow in our estate vineyards.
At a Glance
Taste + Style
“This inaugural vintage of our winery-only blend is a beautiful combination of Pinot Gris, Albariño and Viognier. The wine is bright and fresh with aromas of apricot, honeycomb and delicate jasmine lifting from the glass. On the palate, The Lion Tamer White Blend is wonderfully viscous, yet refreshing with notes of tropical fruits and lemon zest, and it offers a lovely acidity that lingers on the persistent finish.” – Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking
Vineyard + Production
Though just 30 miles long and a few miles wide, Napa Valley is home to diverse microclimates and soils uniquely suited to wine grape growing. It is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world and for our Napa Valley wines we look to our estate vineyards and select growers throughout the valley to source the very best wine grapes. The Hess Collection wines are family owned, sustainably farmed and dedicated to reflecting a true sense of place. Our wines are recognizable for their elegant, rich and complex flavors and a tradition of excellence.