Avia was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY in 1990. She began her career as a chef at the Bayrischer Hof in Munich, and then took on a restaurant management role at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York. In 1995 she moved to the Portland Oregon area and served first as a butcher, then had her own culinary school at a local organic supermarket. It was working as a butcher that she met her husband Simon.
Since moving to the Napa valley Avia has served in several roles in the food and beverage industry, most recently finishing a stint as the Forager for Farmstead Restaurant. Avia now works full time at Homage vineyard and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the wine business as well as sales, hospitality and managing to look after the farm itself. She also speaks fluent Spanish.
Avia has been the driving force behind taking homage vineyard from a run down vineyard to a small producer of high quality wines. It is her love of the Napa valley and passion for the vineyard that has allowed Homage to begin its new year.