About the Hess Collection: “The Hess Collection vineyards represent the diverse growing conditions seen in the Napa Valley. We grow grapes in both cool climates and hot. Our sites are gently sloped along the bay to steep in the mountains. History has taught us what is best for our vines, and we learn how to better tend to our vineyards with each passing vintage. This has allowed us to develop site specific viticulture programs for each of our ranches. Success lies in farming to allow each block to reach its potential. Get that right and you have something very special on your hands each harvest.” – Sander Scheer, Viticulturist
About Sustainability: The Hess Collection is among the first seventeen wineries to be certified through the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) by third party verification. Established by the Wine Institute and California Association of Winegrape Growers, CSWA requires adherence to a “process of continuous improvement” in the adaptation and implementation of sustainable winegrowing practices. The goals of the new certification program are to enhance transparency, advance the entire California wine industry towards best practices in environmental stewardship, conservation of natural resources and socially equitable business practices.
Hess Allomi Vineyard: The site is named in honor of the original Spanish land grant to which the native Patwin people lent their name—Rancho Locoallomia. This area also was home to one of the first wheat mills in California, which earned it the nickname “Breadbasket of the Pacific,” and also gave rise to a small whiskey industry.
The Allomi Vineyard is located on the eastern base of Howell Mountain in one of the more remote areas of Napa County. The combination of a long, warm growing season and well-drained soils creates optimal ripening conditions.
Acreage: 210 acres
Varietals Planted: Cabernet Sauvignon (150 acres), Sauvignon Blanc (27 acres), Petite Sirah (24 acres), Petit Verdot (4 acres)
Dave Guffy, the winemaker for the Hess Collection has been winemaker at Hess Collection for over ten years. He has become known as a farmer’s farmer, whose eyes light up as he talks about strolling through the vineyards and in the dirt [terrior] is where his heart lies. He’s in charge of the vast of amount of re-investment dollars which Hess spends on vineyard development and replanting older vines that aren’t producing much anymore. Some people … more