The Hess Collection
Donald Hess established his first Mount Veeder vineyard in 1978, the beginning of The Hess Collection Winery in the Napa Valley. He founded the winery with the steadfast belief that quality and goodness are the best business practices. The Hess Collection now owns more than 1,034 acres of prime California vineyards, including 704 in the Napa Valley.
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The Hess Collection uses sustainable, environmentally-sound practices with the axiom, “Nurture the land, and return what you take.” That philosophy brings with it a dedication to delivering wines that speak to their natural origins. “The Romans believed that good grapes are grown on the hills,” says Hess. “I saw that the soils on Mount Veeder were deep, volcanic, rocky soils. These are the very best conditions for growing berries that are smaller and more concentrated which leads to a structured, powerfuland complex wine.”
The wines cultivated at The Hess Collection demonstrate the distinctive qualities of the individual vineyards, including the unique qualities of high altitude grapes.