Our team is fundamental to our overall success.
At Rubia Wines, we are privileged and grateful to be working with an exceptional team in the vineyards and winery. The collective knowledge and experience of Barbour Vineyard Management, Winemakers Julien Fayard and Camialle Gaio, and Consultant Elan Fayard, are instrumental to our success.
Joe and Margaret Valenzuela began spending time in Napa Valley years ago, eventually settling in Yountville. Through their longtime friends Vance and Kelly Rose, they entered the winemaking world in 2013 with their first vintage of Rubia Sauvignon blanc. Margaret studied at UC Davis, Joe worked a harvest internship, and they met Julien Fayard who agreed to join the Rubia team. Today, they are proud to share their Northern California wines with you, your friends and family.
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.