About

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.


People

Aubert de Villaine
Director

Aubert de Villaine

Director

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.

Charles (AJ) Fairbanks
President

Charles (AJ) Fairbanks

President

A cousin to the Hyde family and nephew to Aubert and Pamela de Villaine, Charles "AJ" Fairbanks came aboard in January of 2006. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, AJ ventured to the Deep South in 1995 to attend Tulane University in New Orleans acquiring a degree in Marketing from the AB Freeman School of Business.

After five years in the advertising/marketing industry, he was called upon to take part in the family trade. AJ takes a central role in coordinating and managing all aspects of HdV's business affairs.

Laurence (Larry) W. Hyde
Vineyard Manager

Laurence (Larry) W. Hyde

Vineyard Manager

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
Winemaker

Stéphane Vivier

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

Director/Financial Officer

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

Winery Ambassador

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.


A Legacy of
Farming & Winemaking

HdV is a family venture between Hyde Vineyards of Napa Valley and Aubert & Pamela de Villaine of Burgundy, France.

Aubert de Villaine, married to the Hyde's cousin Pamela F. de Villaine, is one of Burgundies most recognized individuals. Born and raised in the rich traditions of France's greatest winemaking techniques, Aubert brings to the partnership the foundation upon which the venture bases its theories and practices.

Larry Hyde came to the Napa Valley over thirty years ago with a great love of wine and the soil.

In 1979, 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. Twenty-five years later, Hyde Vineyards has become renown for the unique expression of its Carneros terroir.

Joining our venture in 2002, our winemaker, Stéphane Vivier, 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 New Zealand and the Sonoma Coast Appellation.

HdV is bottled under the coat of arms of the historic de la Guerra family from which Pamela de Villaine and the Hydes descend. The De la Guerra Family is one of the oldest winemaking families in California and traces its winemaking history back to a gold medal received at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Fair.

The partnership feels that this coat of arms symbolizes the sense of tradition, family, and winemaking history that the new venture embodies in its philosophy.