Here at Melville, we pride ourselves on being a family-owned and operated winery settled in the magical Sta. Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County. While we talk enthusiastically about farming and our connection to Mother Nature, we are equally passionate about sharing our wines with our guests and providing memorable hospitality. Throughout 2020, we took advantage of the opportunity to revitalize our hospitality experiences to maximize safety and enjoyment for both our team and our visitors. Whether you are craving fresh air and a leisurely glass or seeking an in-depth educational tour, there is something for everyone at Melville!
On the outskirts of Lompoc at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley, our 120-acre estate is home to our vineyard, winery, and tasting room. The spacious front patio and lawn area now offers ample outdoor seating and sweeping vineyard views –the perfect atmosphere for a seated tasting of our current releases or a glass of your favorite Melville bottling! Our knowledgeable tasting room associates are eager to fill your glass with our cold-climate, hand-grown wines so all you need to do is sit back and sip. With an average of 285 days of California sunshine a year and dependable afternoon breezes, the odds are in your favor that the weather will be ideal for your visit. Feel free to bring a picnic of your own or order from our selection of local, artisan cheese, hummus, and charcuterie. While we recommend reservations to guarantee seating, we also welcome walk-in visitors. Click here to learn more and book your visit!
Are you curious about a wine’s evolution from ground to glass? Our private tour & tasting experiences are built for those looking to learn. Go behind-the-scenes with one of our Estate Hosts, our General Manager Kurt Ammann, or Owner/Head Winegrower Chad Melville himself for a 90-minute, in-depth excursion. You will be immersed in all things Melville –from our rich history in the Sta. Rita Hills, to our organically-farmed vineyards planted by Chad and his brother Brent, to what’s happening in our cellar. Be prepared to walk, touch, and smell the soil as you explore our vineyard and learn first-hand what “winegrowing” means at Melville. Don’t worry, it won’t be all talk, there will be plenty of tasting too! Following the tour, you will enjoy a guided tasting of limited production wines in our private wine library. If you’re able to, we recommend experiencing our tours during different times of the year to understand the fascinating stages each season brings in both the vineyard and cellar. Click here for full details and to book your private tour & tasting.
While our estate is a welcome respite for those seeking a serene, crowd-free experience, our Tasting Lounge, in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, echoes the vibrant energy of its “Funk Zone” neighborhood. Surrounded by tasting rooms, restaurants, boutiques, and just a short stroll away from the waterfront, our cozy and contemporary Tasting Lounge brings a taste of the Sta. Rita Hills to the “American Riviera”. Sample our latest releases with a tasting flight or kick back and enjoy a glass or bottle. At this location, we offer an expanded menu of light bites –from cheese & charcuterie boards to assorted flatbreads from the acclaimed Full of Life Flatbreads. Patrons joining us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays can take advantage of “Happy Hour” from 4:30-6:30 pm, when our Estate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah are only $10 a glass. Walk-ins are welcome, or plan ahead and call 805-770-7952 for reservations.
Whether we’re walking you through our vineyards or filling your glass while you take in downtown Santa Barbara, we invite you to re-discover all that we have to offer at Melville.