Elan has a wide-ranging international background which encompasses oenology, gastronomy, tourism and journalism. Originally from the Bay Area, Elan followed her interest in wine which led to studies in Bordeaux and Provence, France.
In addition to producing premium wines for her labels Azur and Empreinte, Elan also operates her direct to consumer wine consulting business, Elan Fayard Consulting, and most recently founded Luminous Retreats, wellness retreats in Napa Valley, www.luminousretreats.com.
Elan settled in Napa Valley after stints in Willamette Valley, Oregon and France. She is the mother to three children and lives in a historic farmhouse she renovated in the Coombsville appellation. She is featured in the book Wine Country Women of Napa.