Hyde de Villaine Returns to Wilson Daniels Portfolio
ST. HELENA, CA (May 21, 2013) – Wilson Daniels announces its renewed partnership with Hyde de Villaine (HdV). The Napa Valley winery, established in 2000, is a joint venture between Hyde vineyard manager Larry Hyde and director of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Aubert de Villaine. Wilson Daniels is currently launching in top US markets Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay and Belle Cousine, a Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend from the Carneros district in California.
Aubert de Villaine, married to Larry Hyde’s cousin Pamela, co-created the project between the Hyde and de Villaine families centered on making wines that define and illuminate the terroir of Hyde Vineyard. The families’ extensive winemaking histories span four centuries where old world traditions coalesce with new world innovation.
Charles (AJ) Fairbanks, a cousin to the Hyde family and nephew to Aubert and Pamela, was called upon to join the family trade in 2006; as president he oversees all aspects of the winery operations. Winemaker Stéphane Vivier has worked closely with Aubert and Larry since 2002 to implement the strictest viticultural and vinification techniques of France to the fruit of Hyde Vineyard.
“Our belief in Jack Daniels, along with his role and relationship with Aubert de Villaine, is instrumental in our decision to return to Wilson Daniels,” AJ states. “We’ve learned that small wineries require an ally; Jack is in touch with how the wine industry is evolving, what is more, Wilson Daniels shares and reflects our philosophy.”
Hyde de Villaine 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.