HdV is a venture between the Hyde Family of Napa Valley and the de Villaine Family of Burgundy. The families, related by marriage, share long histories in French and Californian winemaking. In HdV, we have brought together our knowledge and experience for the purpose of creating single vineyard wines from the slopes of Hyde Vineyards.
Aubert de Villaine Director
Aubert de Villaine
Aubert de Villaine, married to the Hyde’s cousin Pamela F. de Villaine, is one of Burgundies most recognized individuals. As the proprietor of his own wine, A. & P. de Villaine, and as co-director of DRC, Aubert has spent his years carefully studying every nuance that might enhance his viticultural and enological practices.
Born and raised deep in the rich traditions of Frances greatest winemaking techniques, Aubert brings to the partnership the foundation upon which the venture basis its theories and practices. Though tradition and history may run heavily in his veins, his uncompromising desire to experiment and learn has brought him to the Napa Valley to work with his cousins.
James Eyer General Manager
James Eyer joined the HdV team in the fall of 2014. Locally raised and educated, James brings 15 years of food and beverage experience to HdV.
In 2005, James received his undergraduate degree from Pacific Union College in history. Eight years later, he earned his MBA from Sonoma State University with a focus in the wine business. With extensive experience in direct to consumer sales and marketing, James has a well-rounded understanding of the wine industry. Previous to HdV, James worked for Schweiger Vineyards for seven years.
James lives in his home town of St. Helena where he and his wife, Brittany, have two excitable dogs and a new son, Danny.
Laurence (Larry) W. Hyde Vineyard Manager
Laurence (Larry) W. Hyde
Born into one of the oldest farming families in California, Larry Hyde came to the Napa Valley over thirty years ago with a great love of wine and the soil. In 1977, Larry left his job as an apprentice at some of Napa’s finest wineries to purchase and transform the Carneros soils into what is now known as Hyde Vineyards.
With a family history in California wines dating back to the early 1800’s, Larry brings to the partnership not only a long and rich tradition of viticulture, but also the cooperative spirit and integrity of the Napa viticulturists. For many years now, all who claim his acquaintance have enjoyed his relentless desire to share and exchange information learned in his vineyards in order to advance the quality of wines throughout the valley.
Stéphane Vivier Head Winemaker
Joining our venture in 2002, Stéphane brings with him skills in vineyard management and winemaking from around the world. Born and raised in France, Stéphane’s skills were cultivated in the vineyards and cellars of Pommard, Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet and then expanded through his work in Switzerland, New Zealand and finally in the Sonoma Coast Appellation.
With a strong background in biochemistry and advanced degrees in enology and viticulture, Stéphane turns his focus toward the vineyards and the soils to develop his wines. Stéphane works closely with both Aubert and Larry to adapt and implement only the strictest viticultural and vinification techniques of France to the fruit of Hyde Vineyards.
R. E. (Rick) Hyde III Director/Financial Officer
R. E. (Rick) Hyde III
Born in 1968, Rick Hyde, nephew of Larry Hyde, grew up in Belvedere, Calif., a short drive from Carneros. He left Northern California in his early twenties and moved to New York City to explore the diversity of our country. After obtaining a bachelor of science in economics and psychology from St. Lawrence University (Canton, New York) in 1991, Rick returned to Northern California to pursue a career in farm management and real estate investments. More recently, he has spent a portion of his time overseeing family farming operations and coordinating the development of a vineyard in Sonoma County.
As a member of the next generation, Rick was chosen to oversee the development and management of the business affairs of the family partnership. Behind the scenes, Rick works closely with Aubert, Larry and Stéphane in coordinating the various aspects of the partnership. He resides in Hood River, Oregon, with his wife, Rachel, and young daughters, Caroline and Colette. Rick’s hobbies include fly-fishing, cooking and drawing, while his favorite sporting activities include skiing, windsurfing and backpacking.
Lawrence E Townsend III Winery Ambassador
Lawrence E Townsend III
Lawrence E Townsend III (aka Eddie) has worked in the beverage industry for many years. After visiting Sonoma in 2004 and experiencing a taste of what the wine country had to offer it was the beginning of a welcomed and dramatic change from his hometown of Baltimore.
Upon his arrival in Sonoma he began working for a small winery in Kenwood (VJB) that specialized in Italian varietals. Meanwhile, he initiated his journey towards the introductory level of the well-respected Court of Master Sommeliers guild. In his spare time, Lawrence studied for the Certified Level of the Court of Master Sommelier guild achieving the 2nd level of the Court of Master Sommeliers certification in Summer of 2010, and is currently pursuing the Advanced Level of the Court of MS.
His first experiences in wine production occurred under the direction of John Kelly, a twenty-five year winemaking veteran with a biochemistry background. Lawrence’s inaugural harvest lead to a position working as Tasting Room Manager/Assistant Winemaker for John’s winery, Westwood, located in Sonoma. Lawrence spent a total of three years at Westwood working with the grape varieties Pinot Noir and Syrah.
Due to his past experiences with the Court of MS, wine sales and production, we feel that he offers our guests an educational and memorable experience in our tasting room. We encourage you to come in and visit him during your next visit to Napa.