THE HESS COLLECTION
Donald Hess became interested in mountain winegrowing during a business trip to the Napa Valley in the mid‐1970’s. With further research, he found that Mount Veeder mountain vineyards had the ideal combination of soils and microclimates to produce grapes of distinctive character and flavor. This venture became The Hess Collection where the appreciation for unique mountain and valley fruit is expressed through artfully crafted wines.
BEHIND THE LABEL
Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking, describes what is behind each wine in the collection, our commitment to sustainability, and how each glass of wine provides an elevated experience.
WINES FROM DISTINCT REGIONS
The wines from each distinct region express the flavor characteristics of the region they were grown in.
For 40+ years, The Hess Collection has been producing complex, elegant wines from its estates on Mt. Veeder & in Napa Valley. The winery & vineyards are founded in extremes & thrive on the rugged terrain from which the winemakers craft luxury wines.
Mount Veeder is distinguished in Napa for having the highest elevation, coolest growing season and geographically diverse soils among its valleys and slopes. The Hess Collection Mount Veeder wines are known for complexity, structure and surprising elegance.
The Lions Head Collection is inspired by the desire for expression and connection. These wines aim to entice the palate and the mind. This modern and sophisticated collection of wines is carefully curated, leveraging contemporary wine making technology and blending practices to showcase the optimal expression of the most distinctive growing regions in Napa and beyond.
The Small Block Series searches out specific blocks of vines from Mount Veeder, Napa Valley and other unique vineyards throughout Northern California to produce uniquely flavored fruit deserving special attention.
Built around the needs of restaurants, the Hess Collection Shirtail Creek Vineyard Chardonnay and Shirtail Ranches Cabernet Sauvignon are carefully crafted to complement a diversity of cuisines and are equally at ease as an apertif or at the bar.