OVID. Napa Valley


  • "Ovid keeps raising the bar with this drop-dead gorgeous set of new releases. Owners Dana Johnson and Mark Nelson have spared no expense in their pursuit to make world-class wines. These new releases are a testament to their unwavering commitment to quality. This year I also tasted two of the ‘Experiment’ series wines, which bear creative names inspired by Dana Johnson’s background in Library Sciences. The talented Austin Peterson makes the wines, Andy Erickson consults and David Abreu manages the vineyards, but what really counts is what is in the bottle. The results so far from this young property have been nothing less than stellar." (Wine Advocate)
  • “This operation has elicited considerable acclaim, given the talent involved. First of all is the terroir, a stunning location high on Pritchard Hill, a neighborhood filled with Napa superstars, such as Colgin, Bryant Family, Continuum, David Arthur, and Del Dotto. Add to that the level of talent – winemaker Andy Erickson, consultant Michel Rolland, viticulturalist David Abreu – and the result is essentially a think-tank of world-class quality. Yields are tiny (15 acres in vine), and the emphasis here is on putting together a blend with a high dosage of Cabernet Franc in the final assemblage. What is so striking about these three cuvees is their opulence, silkiness, purity, and burgeoning complexity. I had heard terrific things about Ovid, and this trio lived up to my lofty expectations.” (Robert Parker)

Basic Info

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) was a Roman poet who lived from 43 BC to 17 AD. His most famous work, Metamorphoses, is a poetic narrative of the Greek myths, celebrating the themes of transformation and change. ¶ Transforming our estate-grown grapes to Ovid wine, we take meticulous care in every step, blending classical and modern methods in farming and winemaking. Planted in 2000, our organically farmed and CCOF-certified 15 acre vineyard is divided into one acre blocks, each with a different rootstock and clone combination of Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. ¶ The winery itself is classically proportioned and built of timeless materials - wood, stone and concrete, interleaved with modern windows, hatches and skylights - and powered by solar energy. Our gravity-flow winemaking process uses traditional and modern methods, including a combination of built-in-place concrete fermenters, all with heating and cooling controls. ¶ We aim to embody our classical theme in all that we do. We value long-lasting relationships and sustainable methods of farming and winemaking, all with the goal of creating a wine estate that will outlast us.

North Coast
Sub region:
Napa Valley
Year founded:
Mark Nelson, Dana Johnson, Janet Pagano
Andy Erickson, Austin Peterson