He grew up in Paris, studying Biology and Advertising. His relation to wine is visceral as in France it is part of everyday life from an early age. After years of traveling and dreaming of learning a craft to share with others, Fabien Castel joined The Ojai Vineyard in 2001. Fabien has grown into all aspects of the business and today is the General Manager.
We met Leah Coles when she opened her wine store (Paradise Wines in Ventura) before going on to become a wine representative until we asked her to join us and sell ours. She was so good that we asked her to join our team, representing us across the nation as our Wholesale Director. She is disarmingly kind, relentless in the pursuit of her goals and always with service in mind.
Mikaela joined us after years of working in fine dining, honing her skills as a sommelier. In addition to managing our Tasting Room and training our staff, she’s a terrific hand on the crushpad when needed. When she’s off the clock, she loves hanging at the beach with her family, friends, and her dog Otis (who you might meet when you come in).