As the 6th generation farmer of his family’s Napa Valley ranch, Matt Hardin has a natural appreciation of the exceptional place that is the Napa Valley. Matt manages his full-time work as vineyard manager and partner in Barbour Vineyards with his commitment to managing the family ranch. In his time with Barbour Vineyards, Matt has farmed some of the most renowned vineyards in Napa including Hundred Acre, Herb Lamb and Checkerboard.
Matt graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a major in Agricultural Science & Communications and a double minor in Wine & Viticulture and Agricultural Business. After moving back to the Napa Valley, he joined Barbour Vineyards and was named partner in just 3 ½ years.
In 2013, Matt married Alicia Regusci and in 2016 they welcomed their first son, John Wallace. In Janurary of 2018 they welcomed another son, William James. Together, they reside on the Hardin family’s Wallace Ranch where they run a herd of organic cattle and grow wine grapes used to produce some of the valley’s best known brands.
Julien Fayard gained his knowledge and defined his core winemaking style from working at Grand Chateaux in France including Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte. In Napa Valley, he's worked alongside renowned winemaker Philippe Melka, and his current projects also include Azur, Purlieu and Taplin.
Julien is an entrepreneur with an acute business savvy of the wine industry and is completing his MBA from top-ranked UC-Davis University in Entrepreneurship and Business. He brings a dynamic background of quality wine production, business management, winery development and infrastructure.
His philosophy is to produce wines that express pure, terroir-driven characteristics, and 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.