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About Us

For over 40 years, the Clos Du Val family has captured the unique signature of our vineyards creating wines with complexity, elegance, balance and uncompromising quality that respect our deep-rooted heritage in the Napa Valley. With over 340 acres of estate vineyards in the celebrated Stags Leap District, Carneros and Yountville grape-growing AVAs, we produce a diverse selection of Classic Napa Valley wines, Limited Release Winemaker Selections, Stags Leap District Cabernet, Reserve wines and estate single vineyard Joie du Vin. Careful stewardship of the land, meticulous viticulture and our love of winemaking is the testament to the Clos Du Val legacy that will endure as a timeless classic for generations to come.

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Jason Jardine

Clos Du Val President Jason Jardine literally grew up among the vines, working in vineyards as a boy and planting a 34-acre vineyard in Oregon at 18. His boots on the dirt foundation is the origin of his ‘land becomes brand’ philosophy. Jason strongly believes in the notion of “terroir” and that wines should express the land and environment in which they are grown. Even in his role as president, he regularly walks the vineyards with soil in hand going to the source for the inspiration that guides the culture, style and business strategy of the winery.

Jason’s extensive experience managing vineyards, directing winemaking and overseeing sales, marketing with a roster of notable wineries and vintners including Rhys Vineyards, Tony Soter and Flowers Vineyard and Winery combine with his business acumen to guide an experienced team delivering authentic wines with an artistic and timeless expression from Clos Du Val’s celebrated Stags Leap, Carneros and Yountville district estate vineyards.

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Al Wagner

Raised on his great-grandfather’s tobacco and apple farm in Connecticut, working the land is in Al’s blood. Childhood memories of driving the tractor and filling jugs of cider for weekend visitors imprinted in him the deep satisfaction he found nurturing the land surrounded by family. He made a career of farming years before he actually began farming grapes in the 1990s, developing a large vineyard property near Paso Robles from scratch for an Australian wine company. Since joining Clos Du Val in 2001, Al has managed the re-development of 347 acres of diverse estate vineyard ranches including the winery’s home Stags’ Leap District property, 180 acres in Carneros and 17 acres in Yountville. He has enhanced the winery’s sustainable farming practices introducing no-till, composting, beneficial insects and fish friendly farming to name a few. Al and his dusty boots are a fixture in the Napa Valley
farm community.

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Kristy Melton

Growing up in West Texas, Clos du Val Winemaker Kristy Melton had no reason to think wine would become one of her life’s greatest passions. A self-described science geek, Kristy pursued a BS in biology and animal science and joined the fast track as a research scientist at the prestigious National Institute of Health. Her path took sharp turn westward when a family trip to Napa Valley inspired her to trade in beakers for barrels in 2004. A year later, she was studying at the University of California at Davis, chasing her MS in viticulture and enology. She landed positions at high profile wineries including Saintsbury in Napa Valley and Sonoma’s Iron Horse Vineyards working with talented mentors to merge her strengths in research and analysis with practical, hands-on winemaking. Kristy joined Clos du Val in 2010 as assistant winemaker and was named senior winemaker in 2012. A travel, food and wine junky, Melton crafts modern wines with elegance and balance that enhance any perfect moment. Kristi was named one of Wine Enthusiast’s “40 under 40 winemakers to watch” in 2013.