Julien Fayard is the new winemaker of his family’s namesake boutique brand, Krupp Brothers, the Napa company announced Thursday.

After moving to Napa in 2006, Fayard began working alongside Philippe Melka as director of Winemaking at Atelier Melka. After five years, he set out to establish his own brand and consulting business and has since established Purlieu, Le Pich, Azur and Empreinte.

The Krupp family made news in 2017 by selling 600-acre Stage Coach Vineyard in the Napa Valley to industry giant E&J Gallo. Soon after, the Krupp Brothers Winery purchased the small Kitchak Cellars property which includes a 20 acre estate and a 10 acre vineyard.

Jan Krupp, M.D., an internist turned vintner, stated Thursday, “Julien shares our vision for Krupp Brothers, including exceptional attention-to-detail and a philosophy that the process begins in the vineyard. Through each stage – from the vineyard to the winery to the blending bench – he meticulously crafts world-class wines. We could not be happier to have him on board.”