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
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.
Christopher Hyde joined the Hyde Vineyards team as viticulturist in 2009 after studying Agricultural Business and Viticulture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. Having worked an internship in sales at Wilson Daniels in 2007, he worked at Merryvale Vineyards in 2010 as a viticulturist and cellar worker.
In 2012, Christopher assumed the role of General Manager at Hyde Vineyards and Director of Viticulture at Hyde de Villaine Winery, where he continues to work closely with his father Larry.
In November 2015, Christopher received his MBA in the second graduating class from Sonoma State University’s Wine-Business intensive Master’s program.
In his free time, Christopher enjoys cooking, music, mountain biking, skiing.
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 followed by work in Switzerland, New Zealand, and the Sonoma Coast.
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.
Guillaume joined HdV in the summer of 2013 as a harvest intern. In early 2015 he was promoted to Associate Winemaker under the supervision of Head Winemaker Stephane Vivier. Guillaume works closely with Larry Hyde in the vineyard and Aubert de Villaine on matters involving winemaking.
Born and raised in Bordeaux and Toulouse, France, Guillaume graduated with a master’s degree in Agricultural engineering, then pursued a degree in winemaking and viticulture from the University of Bordeaux, while working for ultra-premium wineries in the Sonoma Coast and the Bordeaux region. His passion for wine was first initiated at a young age by his grandfather, who worked as a Cooper with many of the first growth Chateaux’s of Bordeaux.
Guillaume strongly believes in terroir-driven winemaking, which emphasizes the many qualities of Hyde Vineyard, with minimal manipulation in the cellar.
R. E. (Rick) Hyde, Co-Founder and President of HdV Wines, continues a tradition in agriculture as the seventh generation of one of the oldest farming families in California. With wine-making roots that date to the early 1800’s, Rick has spent the last twenty years involved in the development and management of different vineyard and winery projects.
Rick resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Rachel, and young daughters, Caroline and Colette.