Azur Wines was founded by winemaker Julien Fayard with his first release in 2009. Julien was born in Saint Etienne in France and has a well-rounded diverse background in wine making. He met his wife Élan in the Loire Valley; she was studying wine and the French language at the time. After they married, they moved to the Napa Valley in 2006 – Élan to be closer to her family and for Julien it was an opportunity to make wine outside of France.
Julien 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. Julian 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.