Julien Fayard, Winemaker
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 Laffite. In Napa Valley, he’s worked alongside renowned winemaker Philippe Melka. Julien has come to be a Napa Valley veteran after more than a decade of working with some of the most highly acclaimed and sought after wines from the Napa Valley.
His philosophy is to produce wines with an identity 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. Wine style is an elegant combined expression of the fruit, soil, vines and climate. Julien is an entrepreneur with an acute business savvy of the wine industry. He earned his Master in Agriculture from ESA France and his MBA from top ranking U.C. Davis University in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Julien believes in the intimate relationship between the winemaker and the wines and provides hands on focused quality control at each step to preserve that bond.