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A dynamic & continuing experiment in Pritchard Hill terroir

A Vineyard Revealed

OVID Napa Valley is a singular, dynamic and continuous experiment in terroir, nestled at an elevation of 1,500 feet on a secluded mountaintop in the western reaches of Pritchard Hill. Here, iron-rich volcanic soils, abundant sunshine and chaparral flora alchemize to reveal focused, long-lived wines that celebrate their source.

Change Is the Only Constant

Drawing our name from the Roman poet Ovid, whose seminal work Metamorphoses is a poetic retelling of the Greek myths, our path celebrates the themes of transformation and change. From a classical perspective, Ovid’s epic poem is also steeped in tradition and keeps perfect meter, reminding us that poetry is also the product of discipline, rigor and observation.

Vineyard worker

Estate & Experiment: A Novel Approach

Our four estate wines are sourced from our organically farmed fifteen acre vineyard, planted in one-acre blocks with rootstock and clonal combinations of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah. Each year, we also release a small selection of Experiment wines – never to be made again – yet foundational to understanding the soul and ethos of our estate wines.

Winemaker Austin Peterson

The Farmer’s Hand

The son of a winemaker and a native of Sonoma County, OVID winemaker Austin Peterson started in 2006 as enologist under the instruction of Andy Erickson. Austin has served as winemaker since 2010, embracing a tension between classical and cutting-edge methods. Today, he continues to push our wines to new heights and critical acclaim, knowing we have only scratched the surface of this remarkable place.

Closeup of cabernet grapes

Family of Silver Oak

In 2017, OVID founders Mark Nelson and Dana Johnson began planning the winery’s next chapter together with Silver Oak proprietor David Duncan and OVID managing partner Jack Bittner. Since then, we have worked to preserve the original je ne sais quoi of OVID, while also sharing resources from the Duncan family of wine brands, which share a deep commitment to sustainability, technology and quality.

OVID winery on Pritchard Hill

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Wood box of OVID Syrah