A top choice for art lovers, here wine is served in a ground-floor tasting room, with an expertly curated selection of modern art collected by Swiss owner Donald Hess (who regularly loans his works to top museums) displayed in a spacious two-level gallery. Hess grants his support to 20 living artists at a time, saying he’ll reassess when they either die or become “well established.” (Among his picks: both Robert Motherwell and Francis Bacon—it’s fair to say the guy’s got an eye.) The art is arresting, the front garden is picture-perfect, and the drive up winding roads to get here is fun, too. Spring through fall, if you feel like splurging you can reserve a spot on a 3-hour “vine to table tour and lunch,” which includes an exclusive tour of the vineyards and winemaking practices and a three-course, wine-paired lunch.
Napa Valley› Attraction
The Hess Collection
4411 Redwood Rd., Napa
Our Rating Hours Visitor center and gallery 10am–5:30pm; winery and vineyard tours 10:30am–3:30pm. Phone 707/255-1144 Prices Tours and tasting $30–$60 per person; tours with wine and food tastings $65–$175 Web site The Hess Collection
Map4411 Redwood Rd., Napa Napa Valley
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