Dedicated to becoming a great winemaker, Julien garnered winemaking positions at some of Bordeaux’s most noble wineries, including Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte.
In 2003, Julien had the opportunity to intern in the US and he embraced it to the fullest. He returned to his family’s winery in Provence helping them re-work operations, logistics, and engineering, as the estate was growing fast.
He moved to Napa in 2006, working with Philippe Melka as his director of winemaking for eight years before launching his own projects, which include Fayard Winemaking and Covert Estate in Coombsville.
Now with more than two decades of winemaking expertise, Julien Fayard is one of Napa Valley’s most respected winemakers, producing California varietals with French finesse. He believes in producing wines with an identity, exploiting what makes each one unique. Julien’s wines are a pure expression of their terroir, highlighting the specificities and characteristics of the fruit, vineyard management, soil and climate. He has a track record of building brands both in terms of quality and market presence.
Julien earned his Master in Agri-Business from ESA France and his Master in Winemaking from Toulouse France. In 2011, he received his MBA from UC Davis. Today, Julien lives in Napa with his three children Emeline, Kian and Maelle. He continues to surf weekly.
Selections available include:
Classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Martinez Vineyard Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Sleeping Lady Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir and Just Pink Rose.