LARRY HYDE - HYDE VINEYARDS
In 1980, one year after Larry purchased Hyde Vineyards, Larry met his wife, Beta, in Burgundy, where they had been working harvest in Aubert and Pamela DeVillaine’s estate vineyards. Beta, originally from Poland, came to California a few years later. Larry and Beta have two sons, Peter and Christopher who grew up in the vineyard, which was their playground and home, experimenting with homemade wine and working in the fields, which they continue to do to this day.
In 2000, Larry Hyde co-founded HdV Winery, a partnership with Aubert de Villaine. Aubert, who married Larry’s cousin, Pamela F. de Villaine, and on who’s vineyard Larry met Beta, is one of Burgundy’s most recognized individuals who was born and raised in the traditions of France’s greatest winemaking techniques. HdV Winery resides in the northern part of Napa, just minutes away from Hyde Vineyards.
In 2009, Larry and his sons founded Larry Hyde and Sons winery, which currently produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but in the near future will add Merlot and Zinfandel to the portfolio along with a home on Hyde Vineyards with a brand new winery that is currently in construction.
Today, Hyde Vineyards has grown to nearly 200 acres and works with over 30 wineries in the valley. Larry still manages the vineyards with the help of his two sons, and serves as a director on the Napa Valley Grape growers, Issues Committee and GWISS committee.
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