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Paul Franson

Paul Franson

Hyde de Villaine has bought the winery and vineyard in Napa that have been its rented home since 2003.

It bought the 33.5-acre parcel at the corner of Silverado Trail and Trancas Street in May.

The property contains 24 acres of vineyard, a 3,750-square-foot winery and a residence.

Hyde de Villaine plans to retrofit the existing crush pad to meet current Napa county standards and to replant parts of the vineyard over the next several years.

The replanting will include the addition of cabernet sauvignon, syrah, chardonnay and a small amount of sauvignon blanc but the winery will continue to focus on pinot noir and chardonnay from Hyde Vineyard.

General Manager James Eyer said, “We have no plans on changing. Fully 95 percent of our fruit will continue to come from Hyde Vineyard; we are merely taking advantage of an outstanding opportunity.”

Hyde de Villaine is a partnership between the Hyde family, owners of famed Hyde Vineyard in Carneros, and the de Villaine family, owners of A&P de Villaine and co-director of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Burgundy.

Hyde de Villaine was established in 2000 with a focus on Burgundian winemaking philosophies and exclusively sourcing fruit from Hyde Vineyard.

Hyde Vineyards adds winery

In related news, Larry Hyde’s wine brand Hyde & Sons is building a new winery on Los Carneros Road near Sonoma Highway.

The building sits on one of the famed Hyde vineyards in Carneros. Hyde owns about 200 acres in a number of sites in Carneros. He sells most of his famous grapes to renowned producers, but does make about 1,200 cases under the Hyde name.

The new winery will allow him and his son and managing partner Chris to offer tastes and sell the wines, a boon for them as well as a welcome addition in Carneros, which has few wineries to show off its excellent wines.

Most Carneros grapes go to wineries outside the region.

The permit is for 12,600 cases, 10 times current production, and the building is far larger than needed. They expect to conduct custom crushing there, too.

About half of Hyde’s production is pinot noir, but they also make chardonnay, merlot and viognier.

The cool area is rightly known for its chard and pinot, but it hits the sweet spot for elegant merlot, syrah and viognier, too, as other esteemed Carneros growers like Truchard and Hudson have found.

The Hydes hope to crush this harvest, though the wet early winter delayed construction.

This effort is distinct from HdV, the joint venture between Hyde and his brother in law, Aubert de Villaine of famed Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Burgundy (See above).

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Acacia reborn as Liana Estates

The Peju family from Peju Province Winery bought the former Acacia winery and vineyards (not the brand or inventory) from Diageo and will reopen it as Liana Estates.

The name has been used on some Peju wines. It’s a contraction of the first names of sisters Lisa and Ariana Peju.

As it’s in Carneros, it will naturally make chardonnay and pinot noir wines. Peju focuses on Bordeaux varieties.

Abdullah Vural is president of both Liana Estates and Peju Province Winery.

Huneeus family sells Veramonte in Chile

The Huneeus family of Napa Valley, which owns Quintessa Vineyards here and recently sold the Prisoner wine brand, has sold its controlling interest in Veramonte winery in Chile to González Byass from Jerez, Spain.

The winery’s brands are Neyen, Primus, Ritual and Veramonte, and are distributed in 37 countries in the premium Chilean category.

Veramonte is made up of two winemaking facilities and 600 hectares of vineyards spread across some of Chile’s most renowned wine producing areas, such as the coastal Casablanca Valley and Colchagua Valley, as well as the Apalta Valley.

The Huneeus family will keep more than 6.750 acres of land in the Casablanca Valley, including significant vineyard holdings.

Organic Winegrowing Conference

Napa Valley Grapegrowers will hold it 2016 Organic Winegrowing Conference at Grgich Hills Estate Yountville Victorian at 7059 Washington St. on Thursday, July 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the Napa Valley Grapegrowers website or contact the NVG office at info@napagrowers.org or 944-8311.

Wines & Vines Packaging Conference

The third annual Wines & Vines Packaging Conference will be held on Aug. 17 at Lincoln Theater in Yountville.

It features experts in wine packaging, bottling and practices to talk about new wine packaging. It will include a trade show of suppliers, speed dates with designers and the package design contest.

Get details at www.wvpack.com.

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Contact Paul Franson at paul@paulfranson.com.

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