The Hydes had planned for 2016 to be the inaugural crush for the winery, but rain caused significant construction delays.
Gere died before the winery was completed, and the Hydes have some of his original drawings framed and hanging in the tasting room in memoriam.
Caption: The winery can produce 12,000 cases of wine per year, and the Hydes may lease some space to custom-crush clients in coming vintages.
Well after Hyde Vineyards had become an established farming operation with dozens of high-end winery clients producing vineyard-designate wines and a waiting list of other premium wineries hoping to do the same, founder Larry Hyde purchased another property in the Carneros appellation of Napa County.
On the north side of Highway 12, which runs from Napa to Sonoma, Hyde Vineyards included more than 150 acres of vines that Hyde had established in 1979; on the south side of the highway was a parcel of about 30 acres he had purchased in 2005.
Duncan's skills will not only contribute to the continuing strong performance of the Woodward and Falconer pubs but will benefit the Hydes business as a whole.
Hydes managing director Chris Hopkins said: "This exciting acquisition represents a positive strategic move for the business.
John Radcliffe, relationship director at RBS said "We are pleased to extend our financial support to assist Hydes in making this strategic acquisition to both strengthen and broaden the quality of its estate.
For winemakers like Hobbs, Hyde returned the favor.
Hyde and family have replaced nearly half the vineyard since they began.
Hyde Vineyards is about two-thirds Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but a cool climate with growing parameters reminiscent of Burgundy did not discourage Hyde and Hobbs from also growing an assortment of grapes that thrive in warmer regions.
Hyde planted and Hobbs tended several blocks of a cool-climate clone.