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Julien Fayard

Julien Fayard gained his knowledge and defined his core winemaking style from working at grand Chateaux in France such as Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte. In Napa Valley, he's worked alongside renowned winemaker Philippe Melka. He has come to be a Napa Valley veteran after many years of working with some of the most highly acclaimed and sought after wines from the Napa Valley.

His philosophy is to produce wines that express pure, terroir-driven specificities and characteristics. He believes that as a winemaker, one doesn't control the wine but rather wine style is the result of a combination of soil, climate and vineyard management.

Julien is an entrepreneur with an acute business savvy of the wine industry. He's is completing his MBA from top ranking Davis University in Entrepreneurship and Business. He brings a dynamic background of quality wine production, business management, winery development and infrastructure.

Élan Fayard

Élan Fayard has a wide-ranging international background that encompasses tourism, gastronomy, wine and journalism. Originally from the Bay Area, Élan found her way back to Northern California after living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon where her love of wine blossomed, followed then by living and study in the Loire Valley in France where she began a life long love affair with the French culture.

Her interest in wine and France led to additional studies in Bordeaux and to Provence where she and her husband lived and worked. Throughout her time in France and then back in the U.S. she has held public relations, sales and marketing positions with wineries in Napa and Russian River.

She currently works with wineries to assist with consumer sales and marketing as a consultant with her consulting business, Elan Fayard Consulting. She is dedicated to working closely with her husband to produce exceptional, terroir specific wines.

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