We are the Lhommeaus:
the husband and wife team behind L’Envolée Wines
Winemaking brought us together during the 2017 harvest season in New Zealand. Now, we devote our weekdays to established wineries in the Napa Valley and we spend our evenings and weekends working together on L’Envolée. We do it all–from winemaking to designing our very own label to personally fulfilling your wine orders.
How did we begin? The truth is, L’Envolee Wines began as an opportunity: an opportunity for full creative freedom in handcrafting a premium, Napa Valley wine of our own, and the opportunity to do it without investors. This project could not have existed without guidance and generosity from mentors and winegrowers that came before us, but we’ve poured our hearts and souls as well as our own investment into this side project. And now we get to share it with you!
Born and raised in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Caitlin graduated from UC Davis with degrees in Cell Biology and Anthropology and unexpectedly landed in the Napa Valley in 2016 after committing to a career change from medicine to winemaking. Caitlin currently works at Tench Vineyards alongside winemakers Russell Bevan and Mike Smith, as well as the Atelier Melka team.
When she’s not at the winery or in the vineyard, Caitlin enjoys photography, yoga, and home design projects. But let’s be honest, you might find her at the winery doing these things too!
Born and raised in the Loire Valley in France, Quentin graduated from Tours with a degree in Winemaking and Viticulture. He worked at wineries in Bordeaux, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Alsace but settled at an estate in Cognac for 3 years before working a harvest season in New Zealand, where he and Caitlin met. Quentin has lived in the Napa Valley since 2018 and currently works with the Fayard Wines winemaking team.
Besides winemaking and wine growing, you can also find Quentin whipping up a delicious dinner for friends or family (or just for Caitlin). And he’ll probably be dancing too!
We believe in making beautiful wines, wines with personality and elegance.
We believe winemaking is a privilege, and in having reverence for the land and the product.
We believe that winemaking is a full contact sport and we believe in being completely immersed in the craft.
We believe in little delights: an unexpected chat, sunlight glimmering through the leaves of an oak tree, a delectable homemade meal.
We believe that connection is the root of it all. Connection to each other, to the seasons, and to the wine.
We believe in intuition and believing in yourself.
We believe in kindness, and that a rising tide floats all boats. We believe that small producers can still make it.
We believe that failure is a part of success, and we believe in learning from our mistakes.
We believe in integrity. In ourselves, in our winemaking practices, and in our product.
We believe in home and love and the simple pleasures of life that guide us back to where we belong.