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 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.