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A brief history

At Rubia Wines, we work with friends and growers who share our viticultural philosophy and passion, who care as much about the vitality of the land as the quality of the grapes they grow. And whose interest, like ours, is in producing wines expressive of terroir.

The diversity and intricacy of Napa Valley and the surrounding area continue to amaze us, as does the unparalleled quality of its wines. Our aim is to capture that diversity, that intriguing, layered complexity that represents this valley and its terroirs at their very finest.

We embrace what makes us different — our people, process and this moment in time. Vintners Joe and Margaret Valenzuela and winemaker Julien Fayard represent the next generation of excellence in Napa Valley wines.
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Established in 2017

190 Camino Oruga
United States, California

Meet The Team

  • Julien Fayard

    Julien has lived in Napa Valley since 2006, when he and his wife agreed to settle down by “meeting halfway” — between his home in France… and hers in Sonoma. In France, Julien worked in both Provence and Bordeaux, where he defined his core winemaking style at the exalted first growth Château Lafitte-Rothschild (he even lived in Lafitte’s grand château for a period) as well as at Smith Haut Lafitte.

    There, Julien says he learned his attention to detail and how to not excessively intervene in the winery: “If you put in the hard work in the vineyard, you have to trust and have patience; then, on its own, the wine will become all that it is capable of.”

    Here in Napa, Julien worked at Quintessa before joining Atelier Melka, where he spent five years as the Director of Winemaking. It was here, working with a variety of clients including Lail Vineyards, Gemstone, Dalla Valle, and more that Julien further developed his winemaking style — while also gaining an intimate understanding of the valley’s vineyards and establishing strong relationships with its many passionate, quality-dedicated growers.

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