“In our PLAY we reveal what kind of PEOPLE we are.”
- PUBLIUS OVIDIUS NASO
OVID was established in 1998 by Mark Nelson and Dana Johnson, who bottled their inaugural vintage in 2005. The following year, Winemaker Austin Peterson began his career at OVID, having compiled an impressive resume that included winery positions in prestigious winegrowing regions around the world. Since then, Austin and his team have furthered their discovery of these unique Pritchard Hill soils and micro-climates in our estate wines, while also sourcing dynamic fruit from exciting California wine regions for our Experiment wines.
A NEW CHAPTER
In 2017, Mark and Dana, seeking a new chapter in their lives, entrusted old friends (and long-time customers) David Duncan and Jack Bittner as stewards of this special place on Pritchard Hill. Today, we continue their work in the same classic winemaking style familiar to our long-time customers, while also providing Austin and his team with new resources to continue their discovery of this serene and wonderful vineyard site.
Austin Peterson brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to his position as head winemaker at OVID. Peterson grew up in northern California, immersed in the culture and business of wine, as the son of a winemaker. While studying enology at UC Davis, Peterson financed his education by making and selling his own wine. He began working at OVID in 2006 as Enologist, having already compiled an impressive resume that included winery positions in Napa, Sonoma, Bordeaux, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Argentina.
Peterson’s love of travel has exposed him to a wide array of winemaking ideas, philosophies and techniques. In 2010, Austin Peterson was appointed to the position of Winemaker at OVID. His distinctive combination of innovative thinking and broad perspective is an essential component of OVID’s continual pursuit of winemaking excellence.
President and CEO of Silver Oak & Twomey since 2002, David R. Duncan is best known for leading the development of the world’s first two LEED Platinum wineries — Silver Oak’s Napa Valley and Alexander Valley wineries. As a Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) board member, David was Chairman of the NVV Board in 2015 and co-chaired Auction Napa Valley in 2014 — its highest-grossing year.
With the Duncan Family’s acquisition of OVID and Managing Partner Jack Bittner’s crafting, David continues the family’s commitment to sustainable wines of place and distinction.
Managing Partner, Ovid. Napa Valley
For more than 25 years, Jack Bittner has led domestic and international sales and marketing efforts, winemaking and operations across the Napa Valley. In his current role as Managing Partner of OVID, Jack oversees daily operations. Earlier in his career, Jack served as chairman of the Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association and president of Cliff Lede Vineyards.
Jack holds an MBA from UC Davis, sits on the board of Schramsberg, the Napa Valley Vintners and remains active in the Northern California Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization.