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Meet Our Winemaker!

Kristy Melton is a self-described science geek. After earning a BS in Biology and Animal Science from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, Kristy’s career started as a research scientist at the prestigious National Institutes of Health. A family trip to Napa Valley changed everything and inspired her to trade in her beakers for barrels in 2004. She enrolled at the University of California at Davis and earned her MS in Viticulture and Enology in 2007. Upon graduation, she held several key enology and winemaking positions at high-profile wineries, including Saintsbury. In addition to her research and analysis responsibilities, she contributed her winemaking talents to Saintsbury’s famed Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay programs. She also held coveted intern positions at Sonoma’s Iron Horse Vineyards and Seresin Estate in Marlborough, New Zealand. A travel, food, and wine junky, Melton’s passion is crafting modern wines of elegance and balance.

She has been named by Wine Enthusiast as one of their “Top 40 Under 40” rising stars and is one of only two women winemakers on the list. She was appointed as Clos Du Val’s Assistant Winemaker in 2010 and was promoted to Senior Winemaker in 2012. Kristy strives to craft elegant, balanced, yet complex wines of uncompromising quality while capturing the unique distinction of our terroir and respecting the heritage of Napa Valley and our Founders.

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40 Under 40

America’s tastemakers named by
Wine Enthusiast editors.

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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.

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EX-RODEO QUEEN!

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.