The Fab 4, as we call them, are our three founders: Don Van Laeken, Kelly Trevethan, Mark Schratz as well as our Winemaker/Partner, Jean Hoefliger. This group of unassuming romantics believes in paying homage to the pioneers who had the vision, planted the vines, and grew the napa valley lifestyle. They can often be found at our estate engaging with our guests, telling a joke or two and sharing great wine!
Jean Hoefliger is an artisan inherently driven to push the envelope, continually challenging the cognizance of not only winemaking but life in general. With an insatiable appetite for art, philosophy, and a good discussion, Jean thrives when his creativity and passion are left unbound by conventional thinking. For Jean, the core of winemaking lies in embracing challenges while relishing his unique craft. He relentlessly pursues winemaking excellence, fully aware that perfection remains an elusive goal. His experiences breathe life into his winemaking, deeply rooted in his Bordeaux background and now unfettered on the Napa Valley frontier. This convergence makes AXR an exquisite fusion of wine’s rich history and a promising future.