About This Winery
As you turn off Highway 246 a shared driveway leads you to the mustard-colored Mediterranean-style home of Melville Vineyards. The beautiful landscape comprised of lavender, lush green lawns, poplar, oak and sycamore trees surrounds the impressive tasting room and its oval veranda.
Once inside, visitors are welcomed by tile floors, oriental rugs and an attractive fireplace. The tasting bar has comfortable wooden bar stools, while the veranda has cushioned wrought-iron tables and chairs. The adjacent vineyard, located within the cool Santa Rita Hills Appellation, is planted in tightly spaced rows
(8’ by 3’), allowing for over 1,800 vines per acre. This method of stressing the vines limits the amount of grapes produced per vine, but encourages heightened flavor intensity.
The vineyard has many clones of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah planted, and ferments them in small lots to maintain their distinctive characteristics. This laborious process allows for small-lot bottling of unique wines that are sold mainly through the tasting room. The estate wines are distributed both nationally and internationally. Wines produced include Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir and Syrah.
Winery InformationHours: Open daily 11-4 pm
Fees: $10 fee with souvenir wine glass
Price Range: $20 to $30 per bottle
Vineyards: 150 acres
Production: 24,000 cases
Discounts: 10% case discount
Winery URL: http://www.melvillewinery.com/index2.html
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