Hess Collection Winery
The property has a long history that is almost as old as the wine region itself. Colonel Thomas Gier originally built the winery. He was a well known Bay Area businessman and was a strong advocate of building the Caldecott Tunnel. But Gier ran into financial problems when the stock market crashed in 1929. He was forced to sell his property to the Christian Brothers after this disaster.
The Christian Brothers made wine and brandy on the premises for many years. Brother Timothy was the most famous winemaker of this era. One of his apprentices, Justin Meyer, went on to found Silver Oak Winery.
In the late 1980s, Hess brought his large contemporary art collection to his winery. It is open to the public for viewing. Hess was instrumental in gaining AVA status for Mount Veeder in 1987. He is best known for producing Cabernet Sauvignon.