Last month while most of us were working out the final details of our Memorial Day barbecue menus (and in this writer’s case, lamenting a distinct lack of dry-aged New York Strip lighting up my life as well as my grill), Hyde de Villaine (HdV) purchased a 33.5 acre parcel in California’s Napa Valley.
Hyde de Villaine is a partnership between the Hyde Family of Napa Valley and the de Villaine Family of Burgundy, France. If those names sound familiar, it’s because they ought to: The Hyde family owns the celebrated Hyde Vineyard in Carneros, while the de Villaine family heads A&P de Villaine and co-directs Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
Comprising 24 acres of vineyard, a winery, and a residence, the newly-purchased location has been home to HdV since 2003. HdV General Manager James Eyer had this to say about the acquisition and HdV’s and what it means to the venture’s tradition of family ownership:
“This purchase by the owners of Hyde de Villaine reconfirms their commitment to the Napa Valley. It communicates to our stakeholders, clients and community that we are here for the long-term. At a time when the wine industry is experiencing historic consolidation, the Hyde and de Villaine families are planting more roots in this community and committing to staying a small, authentic and family-owned winery.”
As far as what the not-too-distant future holds for this partnership, HdV will retrofit its existing crush pad to meet current Napa county standards and also intends to replant sections of the vineyard that need it, over the next several years. This replanting will bring some Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Chardonnay grapes into the fold, along with a modest amount of Sauvignon Blanc. It will carry out this plan while continuing to focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as it produces single vineyard wines in the Burgundian style, sourced from Hyde Vineyard.