Meet Our Winemaker!
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 of research scientist at the prestigious National Institute of Health. Her path took a sharp turn westward when a family trip to Napa Valley inspired her to trade in beakers for barrels in 2004.
A year later, Melton was enrolled at the University of California at Davis where she earned her MS in Viticulture and Enology. She landed positions at high profile wineries including Saintsbury in Napa Valley, Sonoma’s Iron Hourse Vineyards and Seresin Estate in New Zealand. Working with talented mentors helped 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 life’s perfect moments. Kristy was named one of Wine Enthusiast’s “40 under 40 winemakers to watch” in 2013.
40 Under 40
America’s tastemakers named by
Wine Enthusiast editors.
OUR WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY
Let the fruit speak for itself, showcasing the regional terroir, and above all, strive to craft wines that are elegant and balanced.
Kristy went from a rodeo queen in West Texas to one of the up-and-coming Next-Gen Napa Valley winemakers—all by the age of 31.