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  • Farming for three decades

    Situated amongst the beautiful rolling hills of Western Santa Ynez Valley, Melville is dedicated to producing exceptional cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah grown exclusively in their estate vineyards throughout the Sta. Rita Hills appellation.

    Founded in 1989, Melville is a family-owned and operated estate winery with its roots in Sonoma County's Knights Valley, where Ron Melville grew high-quality and greatly sought-after grapes.

    In 1996, Ron's desire to grow cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah brought Melville Vineyards to the Sta. Rita Hills, located in the Western Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County. Today, Ron and his son, Chad Melville, uphold Melville’s tradition as one of the most highly-regarded estates in California.

    At the time of harvest, we consider the wines to already be made and strive not to interfere with their natural path

    Food & Wine

    Food & Wine November cover Ray Isle's "Bottle Service" column This beautifully aromatic red, with its layers of dark blue fruit and fine tannins, shows quite clearly why the Sta. Rita Hills appellation has become known as one of the best Pinot Noir regions in California. 2017 Melville Estate Pinot Noir Food & Wine (Nov 2020)

    Jeb Dunnuck

    It’s a classic Melville Pinot Noir that jumps from the glass with its spiced red and black fruits, dried flower, marine-like salinity, bay leaf, and forest floor aromas and flavors. Balanced, medium-bodied, and elegant on the palate, with light tannins and nicely integrated acidity... 2017 Melville Estate Pinot Noir- 94 points Jeb Dunnuck (May 2020)

    Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries

    Wine&Spirits Top 100 Wine & Spirits Top 100

    Vinous - Antonio Galloni Reviews

    “The 2016s are the first wines Chad Melville made at his family’s estate after taking over. I thought the 2016s were promising when I tasted them from barrel last year. The bottled wines are every bit as impressive.” – Santa Barbara Dreamin’… Part One & Part Two (Sep 2018) by Antonio Galloni

    The Wine Advocate

    "Full-bodied, elegant and seamless, with fabulous purity and persistence..."

    2014 Melville Syrah Donna's - 97 - Jeb Dunnuck (July 2016)

    Robert Parker

    "I am continually blown away by what they are able to put in bottle..."

    Jeb Dunnuck (August 2015)

    The New York Times

    “Pale and restrained, with focus, finesse and earthy, peppery flavors of red fruit.”

    Santa Rita Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2012 (April 2015)