Accendo is all about people, places, and careful attention to detail.
Bart and Daphne Araujo are Napa Valley legends. For almost 25 years as proprietors of Araujo Estate Wines they stewarded one of the greatest sites for Cabernet Sauvignon in the world - the Eisele Vineyard. The wines they produced there are among the best in Napa's history. I was fortunate to work with them for three and a half years as Araujo's Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
In 2013, Bart and Daphne decided to sell the famed Estate and pursue new adventures. I am thrilled to be working with them again (this time as a photographer) documenting their new project - Accendo Cellars. At Accendo, working alongside their family and an all-star team, they source grapes from some of the finest vineyard sites and terroirs in Napa Valley, crafting a wine that will surely become a new Napa icon.
Photography for Accendo took place over a year during 2015, with a focus on documenting the terroir and process throughout the four seasons.