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Melville Team

Ron Melville - President

Ron Melville, a businessman, and the founder of Melville Vineyards and Winery, grew up with a love of gardening, a passion he shared with his father. Ron also developed a love of good wine and began collecting it during college. While he pursued a successful career in finance as a member of the Pacific Stock Exchange, he knew his love of gardening and wine would fuel his desire to develop his own vineyard and winery.

Since 1987, Ron has devoted his time studying viticulture and growing high quality grapes, first in Sonoma County's Knight's Valley and now in western Santa Ynez Valley. In Knights Valley, Ron successfully grew Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This fruit made it into the reserve programs of Geyser Peak Winery and Dry Creek Vineyards and into Chateau St. Jean wine production.

Ron's passion for Burgundian wines brought him to Lompoc, located in western Santa Ynez Valley, within the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. In 1996, he and his sons developed 82 acres of vineyards in Lompoc where he heavily planted 14 different clones of Pinot Noir and 4 different clones of Chardonnay. Ron also included plantings of Rhone varietals, Syrah and Viognier. This grape production has made it into the winemaking programs of top winemakers in Santa Barbara County from Bonaccorsi Wine Co., Brewer-Clifton, Jaffurs Wine Cellars to Whitcraft Winery.

Approximately fifteen years ago, he developed 100 acres in Cat Canyon which he named Verna's Vineyard, 2 miles North of Los Alamos in Santa Barbara County. The fruit from Cat Canyon, primarily dedicated to the production of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah has sourced our Verna's Vineyard wine program.

 

Greg Brewer - Winemaker

A French teacher, consultant, musician and winemaker - Greg Brewer. This modern renaissance man brings extensive experience and talent in winemaking to Melville Vineyards& Winery. Before joining Melville, Greg was assistant winemaker to Bruce McGuire at Santa Barbara Winery. While at Santa Barbara Winery, he served as a board member to the Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association. Greg was also the winemaker and general manager at Sunstone Vineyards and Winery.

Among his most impressive works in winemaking is the creation of Brewer-Clifton Wines. The Brewer-Clifton label was the result of a passion for Burgundian wines shared by close friends - Greg and Carrie Brewer, and Steve Clifton. Together, they have vinified top-rated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County. When not winemaking or hosting occasional winemaker dinners, Greg shares his passion with others by presenting lectures on viticulture and oenology. His philosophy for making fine wine is that it begins in the terroir of a vineyard. The 1997 Brewer-Clifton Sweeney Canyon Chardonnay and the 1997 Brewer-Clifton Santa Maria Hills Pinot Noir support the success behind Greg's philosophy. Greg was featured in Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the "Winemakers to Watch in the 21st Century." and highlighted recently in Wine Spectator magazine in July 2003 and September 2003.

 

Chad Melville - Proprietor

Working side by side with Chad’s Father and Brother, they established the vineyards in 1997, and the journey began with tremendous passion and dedication that a family brings to a business. 

Focusing on the vineyards, spending time in the cellar, and spreading the good word; Chad intimately understands the magical evolution each bottle of wine undertakes from its provenance in the vineyard to its ultimate destination in the hands of the consumer.
 

 

 

Kurt Ammann - General Manager

Kurt graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelors of Science in Agri-business, a Minor in Viticulture and a Masters of Business Administration.  After completing his education, Kurt left the Central Coast to accept the position of Direct To Consumer Manager with Stag’s Leap.  As a member of the Stag’s Leap executive team.  In 2007, Kurt was recruited to the Santa Ynez Valley to develop the Direct Sales Programs for Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards.  After 3 years of successfully building and managing Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyard's Direct Sales, he was promoted to General Manager, where he continued to steer their company as a whole.   In addition, Kurt has served on the Board of The Santa Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance, both as a Board Member and as the President. Kurt also served for 4 years with The Santa Barbara County Vintners Association as a Board Member and as President.  Kurt currently sits on The World of Pinot Noir Board of Directors.  Most importantly, Kurt is very proud to be the father of 3 beautiful and inspiring children and to be the husband of a supportive and wonderful wife.

 





5185 East Hwy 246, Lompoc, CA 93436
Tel: 805-735-7030, Fax: 805-735-5310

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