Winery & Vineyard

Hyde de Villaine 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. At Hyde de Villaine, we bring together our knowledge and experience for the purpose of creating single vineyard wines from Napa and Sonoma.


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Explore Hyde Vineyard

1

Creekside Syrah

Block
1
Plantation date
2006
Clone/Selection
Grange
Rootstock
3309-C
Trelising System
VSP
Pruning
Cordon
Density vines/acres
1130
Spacing
5.5×7
# Rows
13
Total # of vines
825
Acres
0.73
Hectares
0.30
Row direction
Northeast–Southwest

2

Farside Cabernet Sauvignon

Block
2
Plantation date
2006
Clone/Selection
Dominus
Rootstock
3309-C
Trelising System
VSP
Pruning
Cordon
Density vines/acres
1130
Spacing
5.5×7
# Rows
16
Total # of vines
2,440
Acres
2.16
Hectares
0.87
Row direction
East–West

3

New Calera Chardonnay

Block
3
Plantation date
2010
Clone/Selection
Calera
Rootstock
101-14
Trelising System
VSP
Pruning
Guyot
Density vines/acres
1130
Spacing
5.5×7
Acres
3.89
Hectares
0.6069
Row direction
Northeast–Southwest

4

Wente Chardonnay

Block
4
Plantation date
1992, 1994, 1999
Clone/Selection
Wente
Rootstock
3309-C
Trelising System
VSP
Pruning
Guyot
Density vines/acres
1130
Spacing
5.5×7
# Rows
20
Total # of vines
3,040
Acres
2.67
Hectares
1.08
Row direction
Northeast–Southwest

5

Syrah Noir

Block
5
Plantation date
1994
Clone/Selection
Syrah-Noir
Rootstock
3309-C
Trelising System
VSP
Pruning
Cordon
Density vines/acres
990
Spacing
5.5×8
# Rows
4
Total # of vines
227
Acres
0.46
Hectares
0.18
Row direction
North–South

6

Old Merlot Niebaum

Block
6
Plantation date
1989
Clone/Selection
Niebaum
Rootstock
3309-C
Trelising System
Split Canopy
Pruning
Cordon
Spacing
660
# Rows
6×11
Total # of vines
1,346
Acres
2.04
Hectares
0.83
Row direction
East–West

7

New Calera Chardonnay

Block
7
Plantation date
1989
Clone/Selection
Calera
Rootstock
St Georges
Trelising System
VSP
Pruning
Guyot
Density vines/acres
660
Spacing
6×11
# Rows
34
Total # of vines
2,567
Acres
3.89
Hectares
1.57
Row direction
East–West

8

Old Wente Chardonnay

Block
8
Plantation date
1979
Clone/Selection
Wente
Rootstock
AXR
Trelising System
VSP
Pruning
Double Guyot
Density vines/acres
660
Spacing
6×11
# Rows
16
Total # of vines
2674
Acres
2.95
Hectares
1.61
Row direction
East–West

9

Heirloom Pinot Noir

Block
9
Plantation date
2011
Clone/Selection
Various heirloom
Rootstock
3309-C
Trelising System
VSP
Pruning
Guyot
Density vines/acres
1130
Spacing
5.5
# Rows
21
Total # of vines
3,876
Acres
3.43
Hectares
1.39
Row direction
Northeast–Southwest

Vineyard

Producing some of the most coveted grapes in Napa Valley, Hyde Vineyard has gained distinction for its single vineyard wines. Extending this single vineyard approach, we endeavor to bring transparency to the unique expression of the Hyde Vineyards’ terroir.

Van der Kamp Vineyards is a small family owned and managed vineyard high above the Sonoma Valley. This unique location on the hillside of Sonoma Mountain creates Pinot Noir grapes of exceptional quality and personality. In 2012 we were able to partner with the Van der Kamp family to create our inaugural Pinot Noir.

Winemaking

We believe that the best and most respectful winemaking is done prior to harvest in the vineyard. Our winemaking team spend countless hours working year-round with the vines to ensure that only the best quality fruit arrives at the winery. Once harvested, our team become caretakers of the wine, never adhering to a style or recipe, but reacting to the characteristics of each vintage and block to ensure the true expression of the vineyard sings through the wines.

Terroir

Covering sedimentary terraces, Hyde Vineyard is blessed with shallow loamy soils and ancient streambeds that work in conjunction with the cool Carneros climate and gentle winds to create moderate hydric stress within the vines. The condition of moderate stress encourages the vines to maximize their potential. The temperature moderating winds off the Pacific Ocean which are channeled through the Petaluma Gap are key in allowing for prolonged growing seasons. This extended growing season is vital to the completion of phenolic maturation, bringing both intensity and balance to the wines.

Farming

At Hyde Vineyard, our vines tended to have minimal soil compaction, resulting in a healthy microbial ecosystem and a naturally balanced substructure for the vines. Sustainably farmed, our vines flourish under a naturally balanced environment that allows a certain amount of vine disease to occur. Though seemingly counterintuitive, the great growths of France have long understood that a certain amount of disease is not only natural, but provides assistance in stressing the vine into producing its finest wines. By avoiding chemical fertilizers and herbicides, a condition of biodiversity in the soil allows the vines to naturally repel most disease through the presence of beneficial organisms and bacteria.


Winery

The HdV winery building in Napa, CA

HdV Winery

Located minutes north of downtown Napa and nestled beside the Napa River, the Hyde de Villaine winery was built in 2003. The winery was designed and developed to accommodate every aspect of HdV’s winemaking philosophy of minimal intervention.

HdV strongly believes in the gentlest handling of the grapes and minimal intervention in order to let the wines develop the characteristics that are true to the vineyard terroir.

The fruit goes through meticulous sorting: on the vine, at the picking bin and at the winery on a state-of-the-art sorting table. HdV’s equipment is custom designed to maximize the use of gravity and minimize the exposure to mechanical pumping. The juice is taken to an assortment of tanks from stainless steel to wooden vats or oak barrels. The ability to utilize multiple tank types allows Hyde de Villaine the flexibility to express the distinctive characteristics of each block.

Every barrel or vat is then followed by Guillaume personally until it is time to make the final blend. Only the finest barrels of wine make it to the bottle.