As proprietors of Araujo Estate and the Eisele Vineyard, the Araujos consider themselves stewards of this iconic property, responsible for protecting and reinforcing the integrity of its century-plus history. A fifth generation Californian, Bart’s family ties to ranching and years of business experience prepared him well for the task of developing and managing a world-class wine estate. Daphne’s formal training in landscape architecture influences all aspects of the estate, including the vineyard, winery, olive groves and organic gardens.
As Araujo’s Director of Winemaking, Françoise works closely with Winemaker Nigel Kinsman to produce wines that express the character of the Eisele Vineyard. Hired in 1993 by Tony Soter, Araujo’s initial consulting winegrower, Françoise, whose early experience included an apprenticeship at Château Haut-Brion and seven years at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, became Araujo’s winemaker in 1996. Her cumulative experience with the Eisele Vineyard and its wines is invaluable to the estate.
Araujo’s winemaker since 2010, Nigel was previously winemaker at Napa Valley’s Krupp Brothers having relocated from his native Australia in 2006. After earning his Oenology degree from the University of Adelaide, Nigel held positions at highly-regarded Australian wineries including Nepenthe, Mount Langi Ghiran, and Cullen Wines. He also spent the better part of two years in Tuscany at Tolaini Wines, where he first worked with consulting enologist Michel Rolland.
The esteemed French consulting enologist has been part of the Araujo team since 2000. From his home in Bordeaux, Michel oversees four wine estates of his own and also consults for some of the world’s top wineries. He visits Araujo three times a year, making recommendations in both the vineyard and cellar. Michel brings to Araujo Estate his highly experienced palate, abilities as a master blender and respect for terroir. “There are no great enologists,” he has said, “only good grapes.”
Caleb has been Vineyard Manager at Araujo since 2011. Raised on a 35-acre estate vineyard and winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, he studied Wine and Viticulture for four years at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He then spent the first five years of his career overseeing Ridge Vineyards’ organically farmed, world-renowned Monte Bello Estate before coming to Araujo. Caleb believes profoundly in the concept of terroir, and intuitively knows that every vineyard operation must be done on a timely basis throughout the growing year, ensuring the best possible outcome of each vintage.
A trained sommelier who joined Araujo as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2010, Jimmy oversees Araujo’s commercial distribution and ensures Araujo wines are represented by fine restaurants and retailers throughout North America. Prior to Araujo, he spent nearly seven years working for renowned chef Thomas Keller - most recently as Associate Beverage Director overseeing wine programs at all of Chef Keller’s outlets nationwide including Per Se, The French Laundry, Ad Hoc, and Bouchon. Jimmy also worked with Rocco DiSpirito in New York and Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans.
In his role as Vice President of Hospitality and Customer Relations, Burges hosts visitors to the Estate and directs hospitality events. He also manages all Araujo Estate wine accounts in the Napa Valley. Having joined Araujo in 2004, Burges brought his extensive experience in food and wine, following a two decade career in management at the famed Napa Valley destination restaurant, Tra Vigne. His depth of industry knowledge, commitment to customer service, and passion for the area’s wines are tremendous assets to Araujo Estate.
Jaime serves as Vice President of International Markets. After oenology studies in Bordeaux, London, Paris and California, Jaime went on to earn an MBA from INSEAD. Passionate about marketing, she teaches regularly at INSEEC Bordeaux and has also given classes at Sciences Politiques and HEC. She also heads Terravina, a Paris-based international wine strategy consultancy she founded in 2004, serving clients in Europe, Asia and the United States.