DSC08420, Hess Collection and Winery, Napa Valley, California, USA
The Hess Collection and Winery. Swiss millionaire Donald Hess displays a portion of his magnificent art collection at this renovated Christian Brothers Winery. The original stone structures built in 1903 were retained in the new facility, which also includes an audio-visual room, a 13,000-square-foot art gallery and an upscale store. While the wines are simple by Napa standards, they are both decent and affordable. The winery produces two varietals, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, under two different labels: The Hess Collection (produced from Napa grapes, $15-35) and the bargain label Hess Select, made with grapes from Monterey County. Tasting fee is $10, self-guided winery tours free.