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Hess Collection

California, the most populous state of the United States, located on the Pacific coast of North America is bordered by Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. California's landscape is as diverse as its people. From foggy coastlines to dry endless deserts, lush green mountains to rolling hills of vineyards. A morning of snow boarding in the mountains and then ocean kayaking at sunset, this glorious Golden State offers it all.
Donald Hess leased the winery buildings from the Christian Brothers in 1986. The Hess collection Winery opened to the public in June of 1989, following a two year renovation of the facility, which includes 13,000 square feet of Mr. Hess’ personal contemporary art collection. In 1992, Mr. Hess leased 125 acres of vineyard from the Brothers. Currently about 65 acres have been replanted including 20 acres planted 4 feet into 4 feet.
The Hess Collection winery houses a multinational collection of art that represents a portion of artwork acquired over the past forty five years. The exhibition brings together an encompassing display of vivid, powerful and thought provoking works produced by American, European, African and Asian artist since 1960.
Their winemaking team takes pride in hand-crafting wines that reflect the uniqueness and quality of the land that supports the vines. Veeder Expressions Wine Club offers wine collectors a range of wines that will contribute quality, diversity and excellence to the cellar. Members have first access to their very special and limited production, Small Block Wine Series, available only at the winery through their club. They are also first to receive new releases of their Mount Veeder and Vineyard Designate Series wines. Their winemaking team takes pride in hand-crafting wines that reflect the uniqueness and quality of the land that supports the vine.
The Hess collection Winery helps develop the Wine Institute’s Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices, a landmark code of best management practices promoting social responsibility and environmental stewardship. Wine and 13th Annual Restaurant Poll names Hess wines in 5 categories including top restaurant wine, most popular wine.
There are many wonderful famous as well as some not so well known areas in California Wine Country that are just right for an enjoyable day of wine tasting. It’s always best to get off the beaten track and find the other gold that still exists and enjoy the beautiful scenery along these wine trails in this beautiful State.

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