Winery & Vineyard

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.

Single Vineyard

Producing some of the most coveted grapes in Napa Valley, Hyde Vineyards 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.

Vineyard

HdV Wines are sourced exclusively from Hyde Vineyards. Originally purchased by the Hyde Family over twenty-five years ago, Larry Hyde has gained national recognition for his viticultural talents growing grapes for some of the best single vineyard wines in the country. Hyde Vineyard was recently honored at the White House when, for the first time ever, several different wines from a single vineyard were featured over the course of a dinner.

Winemaking

It is through a strict adherence to the most rigorous French philosophies of viticulture and vinification that we believe this can be achieved. By choosing only the best vines from very small acreages, we manage the yields with greater precision to produce limited quantities of intense distinguishable wines.


Interactive Map

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
5.5x7
# 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
5.5x7
# 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
5.5x7
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
5.5x7
# Rows
20
Total # of vines
3,040
Acres
2.67
Hectares
1.08
Row direction
Northeast–Southwest

5

Syrah Noir Syrah

Block
5
Plantation date
1994
Clone/Selection
Syrah-Noir
Rootstock
3309-C
Trelising System
VSP
Pruning
Cordon
Density vines/acres
990
Spacing
5.5x8
# 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
6x11
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
6x11
# 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
6x11
# 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

Terroir

Covering sedimentary terraces, Hyde Vineyards 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. It is this condition of moderate stress that encourages the vines to maximize their potential.

The temperature moderating winds of the Carneros region are key in that they allow for prolonged growing seasons of pleasant Springs and long cool Falls. This extended growing season is vital to the completion of phenolic maturation that brings both intensity and balance to the wines.

Farming

At Hyde Vineyards, our vines are tended to minimize compaction of the soils so that we are able to encourage a healthy microbial ecosystem and a naturally balanced substructure for the vine...indeed, the very root of our wines.

Sustainably farmed, our vines flourish under a naturally balanced environment that allows a certain amount of vine disease to occur. Though seemingly counter-intuitive, the great growths of France have long understood that a certain amount of disease is not only natural but provides assistance in naturally 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.

Clones (selections)

Multiple selections of each varietal are grown for each of the HdV wines to extract the many layers of complexity that are available from the terroir of Hyde Vineyards. With four different selections of Chardonnay and Syrah, three selections of Merlot and one selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, we endeavor to bring every nuance of the vineyard into the wines.


Winery

The HdV winery building in Napa, CA.

HdV Winery

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

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 tanks allows HdV the flexibility to express the distinctive characteristics of each block.

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