St. Helena, Calif.
When Ovid Software founder Mark Nelson established his similarly named winery in 2000, he relied on two classic business tactics to build buzz for the first vintage: investing a big chunk of money ($22 million) and assembling an A-list team. Nelson, who sold the original Ovid in 1998 for $200 million, now runs a private equity fund called Mithras Capital.
Ovid Napa Valley's inaugural vintage, a 2005 cabernet blend ($175) slated for an October release, is already a hit: The winery has sold out the 400 cases it produced (even the mailing list is full).
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